Certificate in Computer Science Education

Certificate in Computer Science Education

Our 100 percent online certificate program offers teachers a coherent set of courses that prepare them to teach computer science concepts, including content in the advanced placement courses and effective pedagogical techniques to increase access and equity in computer science.

There is a growing demand for computer science courses, including advanced placement courses, across the United States, and a growing demand for teachers with computer science knowledge to teach them. The United States is lagging behind other countries in computer science education and this certificate will help address that educational gap.

This certificate program is designed for:

  • Current teachers at the middle and secondary level, in any field/specialization.
  • Technology integrationists or school-wide computer science instructional coaches.
  • Educators who provide computer science education to students in out-of-school programs or camps.

You will have the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in the use of technology and to develop effective strategies for using technology-enhanced learning activities in your classroom.

All courses may be applied toward the Master of Education degree program to meet elective strand requirements.

Admission Requirements

The Certificate in Computer Science Education program will consider applicants who:

  • Submit a completed Graduate Admissions Application form online.
  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.8.
  • Submit all official transcripts of baccalaureate and graduate coursework.
  • Submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test scores, including the TWE (Test of Written English) essay rating. A score of 550 on the written test, score of 213 on the computer-based test or a score of 79 on the iBT TOEFL test or a four on the TWE essay rating are required for admission. The British International English Test (IELTS), will also be acceptable, a minimum score of 6.5 is required for admission.

Application Priority Consideration

The application deadline for priority consideration for Fall term is August 1, Spring term is December 1, and Summer term is May 1. Review of completed application files will continue until all open seats for the program are filled.

Acceptance Categories

The Certificate in Computer Science program grants acceptance in the following categories:

  • Full Acceptance: granted to those students who meet all admission requirements.
  • Provisional Acceptance: granted to those students who have not submitted all required materials but who otherwise have met the admission requirements. Students are allowed one semester to submit remaining credentials and are not eligible for financial aid until full acceptance.
  • Non-degree Acceptance: reserved for those students who wish to pursue courses for professional development but who do not wish to earn a degree or for those students who have course deficiencies that cannot be remedied within one semester. Students will be admitted to courses on a space available basis. No more than one-third of the semester credits taken in non-degree status can be applied toward a degree in the event that the student wishes to transfer to degree bound status. Students in this category are not eligible for financial aid.

Required Courses:

EDU 6710 ~ Computational Thinking & Standards - 3 cr.
EDU 6720 ~ Computer Science Principles - 3 cr.
EDU 6730 ~ Programming and Teaching Java - 3 cr.
EDU 6740 ~ CS Methods & Capstone Project - 3 cr.