Guidance for Schools of Education

Introduction: Why should Schools of Education offer CS programs?

The expansion of computer science education over the past two decades has increased access to high-quality CS learning opportunities for K-12 students and teachers through the adoption of K-12 CS Standards, CS teacher certification, and teacher preparation programs, and related efforts by countless organizations. We must now broaden this focus and leverage teacher preparation programs to build a sustainable pipeline of K-12 educators who can support rigorous and inclusive instruction across a variety of CS programs. Institutions of higher education are a critical component of meeting the need for qualified CS teachers in K-12 schools -- without their leadership and sustained collaboration, the CS teacher workforce will be difficult to scale and preparation for pre-service CS teachers will continue to lag behind other academic disciplines. We need CS preservice teachers to address the lack of CS teachers and the increase in K-12 CS offerings in schools. 

Preservice teachers from University of Indiana lead a lesson for 5th grade studentsThis appendix outlines a series of case studies, resources, and recommendations to provide guidance for Schools of Education to implement and align their teacher preparation programs and graduate supplemental programs to the CSTA Standards for CS Teachers. We recognize that Schools of Education are coming to this work from multiple situations. Some have long standing teacher preparation programs for CS secondary teachers. Others may be eager to develop programs to meet new state policy requirements for CS teacher certification, or integrate CS pedagogy into K-8 teacher preservice programs. We hope that the CSTA Standards for CS Teachers invite Schools of Education to evaluate what they are currently doing and look for opportunities to develop new collaborations, and guide faculty and administrators in Schools of Education as they develop new or refine existing teacher preparation programs.






Jen Rosato, Michelle Friend, Octavia Abell, Lauren Margulieux, Mahnaz Moallem, and Louis Nadelson