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Many K-12 schools in the United States are adding computer science courses and pathways, yet most teachers have little experience in computer science education. This certificate program fills that gap by providing teachers with the content and pedagogy to teach computer science.

Following a part-time schedule of one class per term, you can complete this program in four terms or just under a year and a half. This certificate will prepare you to teach computer science to all K-12 students.

All the courses, except for the Methods and Capstone course, align with the CSTA Level 3 standards for high school students. Each course will have a diversity strand that will help teachers address the needs of all learners and include pedagogical content knowledge. Courses in the certificate are aligned with CSTA’s Standards for CS Teachers which outlines what effective CS teachers should know and be able to do.

Who is this program designed for?

  • Current teachers at the secondary level, in any field/specialization
  • District curriculum specialists supporting computer science teachers and courses
  • Educators who provide computer science education in out-of-school programs

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Degree Details


Tuition: $465/credit*

* Tuition rates are for the 2023-24 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change. View 2022-23 rates.


Visit our Catalog to view the program and course requirements, and learning outcomes. All courses in the certificate program may be applied to the master’s degree. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

Admission Information

Visit our admissions page for information about transcripts, online application, international admissions and financing.

Admission Deadlines

The Certificate in Computer Science Education has a rolling enrollment process that allows an applicant to start at the beginning of fall and spring semesters. Please talk with your Admissions Counselor to obtain more specific dates.


New Students
  • B.A./B.S. degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum GPA of at least 2.8
Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.
Returning Students

A returning student is a student who was admitted and enrolled in a program at St. Scholastica but has been absent from the program for at least three continuous semesters, including summer. To return to the same program at St. Scholastica, a returning student must be in good academic standing and must apply for readmission to the College.

National Center for Computer Science Education

National Center for Computer Science Education logoThe Computer Science Education Certificate 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.


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