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Graduate Credit at the CSTA Conference

Educators attending the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Annual Conference can earn graduate credit through the College of St. Scholastica. Educators who attend the conference can earn 1 or 2 graduate credits at a rate of $125/credit. Educators will need to complete a non-degree seeking application to the college, including transcripts demonstrating completion of a bachelor's degree. There is no fee to apply.

The graduate course will be offered on a pass/fail basis with an option to earn a letter grade available by request. Educators will receive a certificate of attendance via email following the conference to show proof of attendance as part of the course, including a minimum of 12 hours of sessions, keynote speakers, and/or workshops.


  • July 13 - 14, 2020: CSTA Annual Conference (Note: need to attend 12 hours of the conference)
  • July 31, 2020: Enrollment and registration deadline (2 weeks after the conference)
    Note: course fees due to CSS upon acceptance of course registration
  • August 31, 2020: Assignment submission deadline
  • October 1, 2020: Grades posted and transcripts available

Course Details:

EDU 5777: CSTA Annual Conference
Credits: 1 or 2 
Pre-requisites: Bachelor's Degree
Course Syllabus (2020)

Course Outcomes - At the completion of the course, students will:
1 credit option:

  • Participate in professional computer science and computer science education conferences of at least 12 hours that provide professional growth opportunities and resources.
  • Reflect on and summarize the main ideas of the information gained at the conference.
  • Discuss, analyze, and support the application of content knowledge gained at the conference.

2 credit option, in addition to course outcomes for 1 credit:

  • Apply specific state and district content standards/frameworks to subject matter learned at the conference.
  • Design lesson plans for use in presenting teaching strategies, techniques, and content knowledge gained at the conference.
  • Design environments that promote effective teaching and learning in computer science classrooms

Getting Started:

Participants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution to earn credit. Attendance of at least 12 hours of sessions, workshops, and/or speakers at the CSTA Annual Conference is a prerequisite to course enrollment. Participants will need to complete the free non-degree seeking application with The College of St. Scholastica. Select EDU 5777: CSTA Annual Conference as the course you wish to register for and include the number of credits (1 or 2 credit options). You can also visit the National Center for Computer Science Education booth at the conference to pick up information on how to register. Katie Wayne, graduate admissions counselor, will be available to help answer questions and prompt you with next steps.

Credits Towards CSS Programs:

Course Assignments & Deadlines:

Please review the course syllabus. For each assignment below, the directions and grading rubric are available in the syllabus along with instructions on how to submit each assignment. All assignments are due by August 31st, however, suggested deadlines are provided for each assignment. It is recommended that you start completing assignments by the end of the conference.

  • Learning Goals Reflection Paper (both 1 or 2 credit option) - submit by the end of the CSTA Conference
  • CSTA Conference Certificate with a minimum of 12 hours (both 1 or 2 credit option) - submit July 31st
  • Conference Reflection Paper (both 1 or 2 credit option) - submit July 31st
  • Lesson Plan (2 credit option only) - submit August 31st
  • Literature Review (2 credit option only) - submit August 31st
  • "I recently completed a graduate credit course with the College of St. Scholastica after attending CSTA 2019 conference. This was a great opportunity to complete the course using the information and skills I acquired at the conference. The course work was light yet substantial and relevant to my teaching. The instructor was available to answer any questions I had the communication was quite fast. Overall it was a pleasant experience both attending the conference and completing the unit."

    – Noureddine Lalami, ‘19 CSTA attendee

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national center for computer science education

CSTA Graduate Credit is one of several programs in the National Center for Computer Science Education that support pre-service and in-service teachers. The Center champions, researches and provides equitable computer science learning opportunities for K16 teachers and students.