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Teacher Certification in Computer Science. Barbara Ericson Teacher Education Representative Computer Science Teachers Association. Why is Certification Important?. There is a shortage of CS And IT professionals yet these are predicted to be some of the fastest growing jobs through 2012

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Teacher certification in computer science

Teacher Certification in Computer Science

Barbara Ericson

Teacher Education Representative

Computer Science Teachers Association


Why is certification important

Why is Certification Important?

  • There is a shortage of CS And IT professionals

    • yet these are predicted to be some of the fastest growing jobs through 2012

  • Many people don't know what Computer Science is

    • or think that it is not creative, boring, and anti-social

  • The ACM model curriculum for K-12 requires that all students take

    • Computer Science in the Modern World

  • The ACM model curriculum also recommends

    • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards for secondary computer science education programs


Csta survey 2005 2006

CSTA Survey 2005-2006

  • Goal

    • Determine the current state of teacher certification for computer science

  • Problems

    • 6 states didn't respond even after several contacts

    • Many were unclear on what computer science means

      • included keyboarding and computer applications

    • Some gave contradictory answers

      • No, we don't offer a CS Endorsement but we require it

    • The survey didn't ask about Advanced Placement computer science


Results of csta survey

Results of CSTA Survey

  • 20 states claimed to offer a CS endorsement

  • 25 states said that they do not have a CS endorsement

  • 6 states did not respond


Closer examination

Closer Examination

  • Endorsements are often about computer literacy or information technology

    • not computer science

    • only 8 states have a computer science endorsement

  • Even states that have a CS endorsement do not always require it

    • Often math or business teachers can teach computer science


States with a cs endorsement

States with a CS Endorsement

  • Florida – doesn't require it

  • Louisiana

  • Maryland

  • Michigan

  • Nevada

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Virginia


Upcoming work

Upcoming Work

  • Poster at SIGCSE in Portland

    • Friday

  • White paper on teacher certification in computer science by NECC 2008

    • Detailed look at

      • Texas (requires endorsement)

      • Georgia (voluntary endorsement)

      • Pennsylvania (no endorsement)


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