Business education is a completer program that is part of Baltimore County Public School's CTE (Career and Technology Education) programs. The CTE mission is to provide expertise and vision to schools as they deliver integrated programs that prepare learners academically, technically, and interpersonally for careers and lifelong learning.

Owings Mills High School offers four business pathways to choose from: 
-Business Management
-Information Technology/Computer Science
-Career Research and Development

Career Research and Development

This four-credit CTE career-completer program prepares students with the academic, technical, and workplace skills that will enable further education and/or employment in a career field upon graduation from high school. The CRD program consists of two in-school courses, a portfolio development project, and a mentored workplace experience. Students who successfully complete the program may earn three articulated college credits with CCBC. Fees may be required.


Introduction to Career Research and Development - 1 Credit

Students are given an introduction to Maryland's Career Development Framework, including career awareness and exploration.  Students begin a portfolio to document their career skills, interest, and preparation.

Advanced Career Research and Development - 1 Credit

Students apply their career development knowledge to further their career preparation. The course explores all aspects of a career, including transitions, advancements, and job satisfaction. Students continue to develop their portfolios.

CRD Work-Based Learning Experience - 2 Credits

Students apply their career development knowledge to a work experience in a career area of their choice. Students’ skill development is measured by an individualized learning plan. Some students may become registered as apprentices. The completer requires two credits of work-based learning.

The Business Management and Marketing Pathways begin with the same business foundation courses before branching to their specific specialization.  

Principles of Business, Administration, and Management

The Principles of Business, Administration, and Management course provides students with knowledge of the types of businesses, as well as various applications, laws, and theories of business. Along with a brief historical perspective, business terminology and principles will be emphasized. Students will learn to analyze the functions of business through evaluating, planning, organizing, and controlling. Students will develop the communication skills that will be necessary for success in the workplace and college. Students will be expected to think analytically; improve written and oral communication skills; enhance listening and questioning skills; learn and practice the art of conversation; improve public speaking skills; broaden their awareness of career options; practice using teamwork to make decisions and solve problems; and learn why people skills, communications skills, and networking skills can help them succeed in their careers.

Accounting I Honors

This course emphasizes basic accounting principles. Students learn how to interpret business forms and how to prepare a simple set of accounting records; journals, ledgers, and financial statements. The course focuses on the accounting cycle for a small business along with the basics of payroll.

Business Management

This pathway focuses on management. A majority of jobs are created by small businesses started by entrepreneurially-minded individuals, many of whom go on to create big businesses. People exposed to business education frequently express that they have more opportunity to exercise creative freedom, have higher self-esteem, and an overall greater sense of control over their own lives. As a result, many experienced business people, political leaders, economists, and educators believe that fostering a robust entrepreneurial culture will maximize individual and collective economic and social success on a local, national, and global scale. Few subjects can provide more valuable knowledge and insight into career opportunities. Coursework articulates to the community college and students may take the College Level Exam of Proficiency (CLEP).

The following courses should be taken at the same time of before management classes

-Principles of Business, Administration, and Management

-Accounting I

Advanced Business Management Honors

This course provides students with knowledge that will prepare them for post-high school levels of education and entry-level positions in the work force. Focus will be on the role of business in society; the changing nature of contemporary business practices; major management concepts, theories, and theorists, the processes of management (functional, operational, human relations), business law and ethics, and business communications. Upon completion, opportunities will be made for students to earn college credit through such methods as articulation agreements with local colleges, dual enrollment, and the Principles of Management CLEP exam.

Business Capstone Honors

This course is designed to be the second of two sequential business management or accounting courses in the completer requirement for students enrolled in the Business Management or Finance and Accounting pathways. Students will apply the knowledge and skills acquired in previous business courses to settings through the Business Final Capstone Project and Presentation. (Students may be waived in if they do not meet prerequisite with permission from the teacher).


This pathway provides students in-depth, comprehensive, project-based learning opportunities. Students will apply their understanding of consumer buying behavior and relationships; the tools and techniques used by organizations that identify the factors that influence marketing strategy decisions; market segmentation and target marketing; the elements of the marketing mix (product, price, promotion, and place); as well as pricing strategies to create a written professional marketing plan. Students will integrate their knowledge of legal issues, ethics, diversity and social responsibilities in developing their marketing plan. Coursework articulates to the community college and students may take the CLEP exam.

The following courses should be taken at the same time of before marketing classes

-Principles of Business, Administration, and Management

-Accounting I

Marketing I Honors

This course introduces students to areas of marketing, distribution, and entrepreneurship. Classroom instruction, combined with the high school’s DECA activities, enables the students to gain a basic understanding of distribution as well as career opportunities. Activities include guest speakers, competitive events, projects, and student research based on individual occupational goals. Although employment is not required for this course, students are encouraged to secure part time employment. Work-based learning is a strong component of this program, and therefore, will be treated as a priority.

Marketing II Honors

The purpose of this course is to allow students to develop the management skills necessary to start their own business and function in the corporate environment. Students will apply the foundations of marketing learned in the level one course. Our business partners requested the integration of soft skills. In response, this course will include decision-making skills, communication, team building, problem solving, and customer service.

Information Technology Computer Science

This program prepares students for further study and careers in the field of Computer Science. Students complete a sequence of four courses, starting with an overview of the Computing and Information Technology field and progressing through a more in-depth study of computer science. Throughout the program, students will learn all aspects of Computer Science including: programming, hardware design, networks, graphics, databases and information retrieval, cyber security, software design, programming languages, logic, programming paradigms, translation between levels of abstraction, artificial intelligence, the limits of computations, applications in information technology and information systems, and social issues (internet security, privacy, and intellectual property). Students may sit for the AP Computer Science Principles and the AP Computer Science A exams.

Foundations of Computer Science

This course is the first course in the new Computer Science program of study. This course is designed to introduce students to the breadth of the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics. Rather than focusing the entire course on learning particular software tools or programming languages, the course is designed to focus the conceptual ideas of computing and help students understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems. This course may also count as the Technology Education Graduation Requirement.

AP Computer Science Principles

This course advances students’ understanding of the technical aspects of computing including programming and algorithm design, computer system organization and operation, and data representation and information organization. This course includes the use of several programming languages, based on the specific project or problem students must solve. 

AP Computer Science A

This course is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of an introductory college course in computer science. AP Computer Science A emphasizes object-oriented programming methodology with a concentration on problem solving and algorithm development, and includes the study of data structures, design, and abstraction. 

Internships - ALL Students may take the internship class

Students have an opportunity to apply their career-based classroom learning under the supervision of a mentor.  Students will observe, explore, and discover solutions to authentic problems in the workplace.  Students will maintain a reflective journal of their experience and develop a portfolio that includes an enrichment projected related to their career placement.