Once certification is achieved and applied for, teachers may be eligible to apply for a $1,000 stipend (Funding is limited, and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.)
Sponsored by TRC, coordinated by The University of Texas at Austin Center for STEM Education, with support from the TEA, 100Kin10, and AT&T
(May 10, 2016 – Austin, TX) In an effort to increase the number of certified computer science teachers in Texas, an online version of the WeTeach_CS Certification Preparation course is launching June 14. (Registration is available now.) Directed to K-12 teachers, the course is designed to improve competencies for the 141 TExES Texas Education Agency’s 8-12 Computer Science Certification Test. After a teacher passes the exam and applies for certification, a $1,000 stipend will be awarded by the Texas Regional Collaboratives (TRC) thanks to support from 100Kin10 and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). (Funding is limited, and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants should check their eligibility for certification prior to registration and be sure to read all application instructions prior to applying for the stipend. ) AT&T supported the development of this online program with a $50,000 contribution through AT&T Aspire – its signature philanthropic initiative to help ensure students have the skills needed to succeed in the current and future workforce.
“Computer literacy is no longer optional,” said Carol Fletcher, Ph.D, deputy director of the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for STEM Education. “Sixty percent of all STEM jobs require or involve computing, yet only two percent of Texas high school graduates take a CS course. By 2020 there will be one million more computing jobs in America than graduates to fill them. Texas high schools are required to offer Computer Science, but in the 2014 school year fewer than 15 percent met that requirement and only 14 teachers completed a CS certification program in Texas. This online course will be freely available to any Texas educator, thus bringing CS teacher professional development to every school district in the state.”
WeTeach_CS Certification Prep is a comprehensive, six-week program that prepares educators to take and pass the CS certification test. It reviews all of the main concepts covered in the three certification domains: Software Design and Development, Programming Language topics, and Technology Applications.
Teachers with at least some prior experience in coding or programming interested in becoming certified to teach Grades 8-12 Computer Science are eligible to attend. This certification is necessary to teach courses such as Computer Science I, II or III, Fundamentals of Computer Science, or AP Computer Science A. Course instructors will address several in-depth competencies and link educators to additional resources that will help them prepare for the challenges of the CS certification test.
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Contact: M. Yvonne Taylor, 512.471.3916, Yvonne.Taylor@austin.utexas.edu