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Sixty percent of all STEM jobs require or involve computing, yet only two percent of Texas High School graduates have taken a computer science course. This is due to limited offerings and a lack of qualified teachers. There are 1.4 million Texas public school students who need YOU to teach Computer Science.
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Getting certified in CS is the first step. Improving the quality and diversity of CS courses is an ongoing effort. Find tools, curricula, professional development and other resources to help along the way!
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Being a Computer Science educator requires fast-paced and never-ending learning to keep up with changing technologies and pedagogy. We Teach CS helps connect educators with CS Professional Development opportunities to deepen skills, encourage innovation and build relationships with other educators.
The Certification Incentive Program (CIP) has played an important role in our ongoing efforts to increase the number of CS certified teachers in Texas and this week we received some big news. Additional funding for the Certificate Incentive Program (CIP) has been secured through the February 2017 testing window! This means current Texas teachers planning to take the TExES CS 8-12 Certification Test in December 2016 or February 2017 may have the opportunity to receive for a $1000 stipend upon obtaining their CS certification.
A CS teacher asks, “What skills will my students need to be successful in a college computer science program? What are the expectations on CS students at the college level versus the high school level?” How will John answer? How would you answer?
WeTeach_CS Certification Prep will provide an overview of the educator competencies required of all teachers to become certified in Grades 8-12 Computer Science. 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 competencies in depth and link attendees to additional resources that will help to prepare them to challenge the CS certification test.