Prepare for Certification Test

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This checklist defines one path for 8-12 Cert Test preparation. Computer literacy (experience with applications, networks and the Internet) is recommended before starting these steps. If you have programming experience, you will likely choose to do a subset of these steps, until you are comfortable programming in Java, Javascript or Python.

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STEP 1: Learn Block-Based Programming

If you don’t have exposure to programming, complete Code.org’s Accelerated Into To CS class to learn basic programming concepts using a simple, block-based programming language. This course is free, self-paced and interactive. This course takes approximately 20 hours to complete.

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STEP 2: Learn Text-Based Programming

If you don’t have meaningful experience with a text-based programming language like Java, complete Codecademy’s Learn Java course. The content of this course is free, but it is recommended that you purchase 1-2 months ($19.99 per month) of to PRO version to access practice questions and quizes. The course is self-paced and interactive. The course takes approximately 20 hours to complete.

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STEP 3: Complete Certification Prep Course – Online

Complete WeTeach_CS’s Online Certification Prep Course (Foundations of Computer Science for Teachers). This is an online, synchronous certification prep course. The Face-to-Face and online courses both serve as preparation for the 8-12 CS Test. You might feel that one of these is sufficient to prepare you for the test. Some teachers choose to do both, to gain a deeper understanding and more practice. The on-line course is delivered at least once during the fall, spring and summer. Available course dates and registration info can be found on the UTakeIT Online courses page.

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STEP 4: Complete Certification Prep Course – Face-To-Face

Attend a WeTeach_CS Certification Prep Face-2-Face workshop. This is an in-person, 2-day certification prep course that focuses on the competencies needed for the 8-12 CS Cert Test. This course is a great opportunity to learn from your peers and to ask questions of the experienced instructors. This course is several times a year in Austin and other locations around Texas. Available course dates and registration info can be found on the UTakeIT Face-2-Face events page.

 

 

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