NDSU offers an online graduate certificate in computer science education. The program equips educators with knowledge of core concepts in computer science and how to teach those concepts.
The certificate is primarily aimed toward providing high school teachers the credentials necessary to teach dual credit and AP courses, but the courses also can be used as electives for a Master of Education degree.
The 18-credit curriculum consists of four core courses to provide a broad background in the field. Electives can be taken in software development, artificial intelligence, database systems or digital enterprise.
Students earning the certificate will also create a digital portfolio consisting of documents from each of the core courses. The documents will provide information necessary to teach any computer science education courses in high school and will be shared at a final presentation.
Two of the required courses are offered in the summer 2020 semester: Introduction to Computer Science Education and Problem Solving in Computer Science Education. Both courses are offered online for 12 weeks from May to August. Registration for the summer session begins March 30, 2020.