Professor wants to double the number of computer science teachers in Wisconsin: Color me jealous

October 28, 2015 at 7:04 am 5 comments

The headline that a professor wants to double the number of CS teachers is cool, but as I dug into the piece, I grew jealous.  Wisconsin has CS teacher certification! (Even if “confused, disparate, and sometimes absurd.”)  They have pre-service teacher programs!  They need more CS Teaching Methods classes — I’ve taught CS teaching methods!  Are they hiring?  (Oh, wait — I’ve heard about what’s happening to Wisconsin state universities.)  Except for that university part, Wisconsin sounds like it has it good!

The second piece of the plan consists of easing the process for computer science teachers to receive their license. Getting certified is difficult, according to Brylow. According to one report from the Computer Science Teachers Association, the process is described as “confused, disparate, and sometimes absurd.”UW-La Crosse and UW-Whitewater are the only universities left in the state that offer programs to get certified, after many universities began dropping the program in the 1990s. “Whitewater has graduated three computer science teachers in the past five years and La Crosse has graduated zero in the past five years,” Brylow said. “So we identified that one of the problems is nobody knows how to teach this one critical course called the Computer Science Teaching Methods course.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lenandlar  |  October 28, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Hi Prof have you written before somewhere about your “cs teaching methods ” course? Would love to read. Thanks

    • 2. Mark Guzdial  |  October 28, 2015 at 11:37 am

      The syllabus is already queued up to appear here in this blog on Nov. 4. Hang on one week, please.

      • 3. lenandlar  |  October 28, 2015 at 12:17 pm

        Wow thanks very much. Looking forward to it.

  • 4. gflint  |  October 28, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I want to see that cs methods course too. I am trying to get my local university to offer one and it would be nice to offer them a package of “here is what one looks like”. Montana has a CS certification but it is given to business teachers with no CS prep. There are no schools in Montana that do any CS Ed pre-service.

  • […] We just needed the will to do it. You can find posts from me talking about this from 2010 and from 2015. I now realize that this is so hard that it’s unlikely to happen in most US states. My Blog@CACM […]


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