For current teachers interested in teaching computer science courses, and/or integrating computational thinking components into their home subjects, the University at Albany now offers the fully online Certificate in Computing Education (CCE). It is the firstonline graduate certificate program in computing education in the State of New York.
Computing skills are in high demand as it has become a driving force behind many of the advances in business, science and math, and now even social sciences and art. A national effort is underway to increase the teaching of computer science at the K-12 level (see President Obama’s initiative, Computer Science for All). New computer science courses are being offered in schools nationwide to introduce students to computational thinking literacy. A new Advanced Placement (AP) computer science course, Computer Science Principles, is officially being offered this fall. Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City have signed a commitment to offer computer science in all public schools. We need a strong group of K-12 educators who are prepared and able to engage students in computational thinking and computational explorations.
The CCE is designed to address the needs of teachers who seek to deliver effective and engaging curricula in computer science and/or introduce the new literacy of computational thinking to K-12 students. The CCE program provides teachers the knowledge, skills and competencies to teach introductory computer science courses such as Exploring Computer Science and Computer Science Principles. The program will also help teachers to develop their own developmentally appropriate curricula in computing for students in K-12 settings. This CCE provides a competitive advantage for teachers with interests in the rapidly growing arena of computer science and information technology. The program includes five courses (15 credits), and all courses in the CCE program are applicable to the master’s program in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology (CDIT).
For more information on the CCE, please contact the School of Education’s ETAP advisor at (518) 442-5090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.