Two CS Endorsement programs in Georgia!

February 17, 2012 at 9:34 am 4 comments

Exciting that Kennesaw University now has an approved high CS teacher endorsement program!  That makes two in the state, the other being the original at Columbus State.  This doesn’t fix the problem of getting teachers into these programs. Maybe a program in the Atlanta area may draw a different audience than an on-line program in West Georgia.  In any case, it is a positive for CS10K, in that it increases the potential production of teachers.  Now we just need more teachers taking these programs.

This endorsement is intended to prepare computer science teachers (grades 6 through 12). It will lead to teacher certification in the teaching field of computer science in Georgia. As an endorsement, the teaching candidate must already have or simultaneously obtain a teaching certification in another field.

via Endorsement In Computer Science Education – Department of Computer Science.

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  • 1. Alex Ruthmann  |  February 17, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Hi Mark,

    What is currently being done to promote the offering of CS courses in high schools in Georgia? Are local school boards, community members, and administrators on board with offering the courses if they have the teachers with the endorsements? I think it’s great to establish programs providing these endorsements. It’s wonderful that the state board of education recognizes CS as an area worthy of endorsement. And, putting more teachers in schools that have the endorsements is great. But, is anything being done to create the demand for offering CS courses beyond equipping more teachers with the endorsements? I would assume that it still comes down to student/community demand for the courses run in a sustainable fashion once the teachers are in place.

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    • 2. Mark Guzdial  |  February 17, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Georgia has a four course curriculum in computer science (to give schools a reason for hiring CS teachers) and AP CS counts as a science towards high school graduation (to give students a reason to take the sequence) — see the ACM’s Running on Empty report.

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  • 3. Alfred Thompson  |  February 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    I knew that KSU was developing this program and I am glad to see it now exists. The people I have talked to there really want to be a part of enabling more CS in the state. now if only we could a) make this happen in other states and b) get more schools to understand that their is training and be willing to help teachers get it.

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