Computer Science Endorsement
Computer science is a growing field and continues to be in high demand in the workplace. By preparing teachers on these skills, students' futures are enhanced and a significant contribution is offered to the school-based curriculum. In Georgia, the computer science endorsement is voluntary, but encouraged for all teachers who teach computer science. The endorsement program is equivalent to a computer science minor. It provides an opportunity for secondary education majors to develop a high level of technical competence and exposure to computer programming and systems development and implementation. Prior to entering the program, candidates must have at least applied to CSU's teacher education program and be pursuing teacher certification or already have a teacher certification.
To best prepare our teachers, we are constantly looking at enhancements to the curriculum. We expect to implement a major revision to better prepare teachers for both the CS Principles Advanced Placement course as well as the Exploring Computer Science course. We plan to offer a 1-2 week workshop in summer 2015 as part of the first six credits required for the endorsement. Please contact us at cs@ColumbusState.edu for details.
Enhance your degree
The Computer Science Endorsement 6-12 Program is designed to prepare practitioners who are equipped with communication and teaching skills and who desire a high level of technical competence and exposure to computer programming and systems development and implementation. The program is content intensive; therefore, teachers must be creative problem solvers, lifelong learners, and change agents in their school environments. To instill and reinforce these skills, reflecting, thinking, and learning opportunities provided by the course work must extend their classroom learning into their own school situations and on to their own students. The role of the teacher as learner is a powerful role model for students.
As students (teachers) progress through their content courses, they are exposed to a variety of assessment strategies. Teachers will be expected to build upon their experiences with assessment strategies. These strategies might include multiple choice, higher-order thinking, open response, problem solving and decision-making, scenario development, performance assessment, and other tools for use in their classrooms. Overriding strategies must include authentic, performance-based projects.
Undergraduate and graduate options available
- Bachelor of Science Computer Science - Education Track
- Computer Science Endorsement (graduate)
- Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) [K-12 Computer Science]
This project was funded by the National Science Foundation.
Project Title: BPC-AE: Collaborative Research: Extending "Georgia Computes!":
A Statewide Vertical Alliance to Broaden Participation through Innovative, Inviting,
And Relevant Computing Education
Principal Investigator: Wayne Summers
Awardee: Columbus State University
Award Number: 0940495