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Graduate Credit for CS Conferences

K-12 educators who attend a computer science education conference such as  the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Annual Conference or Infosys Pathfinders Institute may be able to earn graduate credit through the College of St. Scholastica. Graduate credits are available at a rate of $150 per credit. The number of credits depends on the total hours of the conference.  Educators will need to complete a non-degree seeking application to the college, including official 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 need to submit proof of attendance (issued by the conference organizer) as part of the course in addition to assignments such as a conference reflection, professional learning goals, lesson plan design, etc. More details about assignments are included in the course syllabus.

Course Details

EDU 5750: CS Professional Learning
Credits: 1 to 3
Pre-requisites: Bachelor's Degree
Course Syllabus Template (may vary slightly with each offering)
Course Outcomes are aligned with the CSTA Standards for CS Teachers:

  1. CS Knowledge and Skills: Demonstrates and continuously develops thorough knowledge of CS content, demonstrating proficiency of CS concepts and practices. 
  2. Equity and Inclusion: Proactively advocates for equity and inclusion in the CS classroom, working towards an intentional, equity-focused vision to improve access, engagement, and achievement for all of their students in CS.
  3. Professional Growth and Identity: Continuously develops their knowledge, practice, and professional identity by participating in the larger CS education community.
  4. Instructional Design: Designs learning experiences that engage students in problem solving and creative expression through CS, planning to meet the varied learning, cultural, linguistic, and motivational needs of individual students in order to build student self-efficacy and capacity in CS.
  5. Classroom Practice: Implements evidence-based pedagogy to facilitate meaningful experiences and produce empowered learners of CS to become a reflective classroom practitioner.

Getting Started

Participants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution to earn credit. A minimum of 8 hours of conference attendance 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 5750: CS Professional Learning as the course you wish to register for and include the number of credits (1, 2 or 3 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.

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Course Assignments and Deadlines

Please review the course syllabus. Details on the assignments required vary by credit (1 or 2 credits) and  the directions and grading rubric are available in the syllabus. Your instructor will provide information at the beginning of the course on how to submit assignments.  All assignments are due by the end of the term, however, it is suggested that educators submit assignments as they are completed. It is recommended that you start completing assignments by the end of the conference. Examples of assignments include:

  • Conference Proof of Attendance with a minimum of 8 hours 
  • Reflection Paper 
  • CS Teacher Self-Reflection and Learning Goals
  • Lesson Plan Design or Implementation 
  • Classroom Observation
  • Curriculum Evaluation
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • "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.