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Foundations of Computer Science for Teachers

Learn key computer science topics to better teach your students and prepare for the Praxis & TExES Computer Science certification test.

What's the Difference between Free and Upgraded?

Free

  • Access to course materials (materials may vary by course).
  • No certificate of completion.

Upgraded

  • Get access to practice quizzes, and additional assessments.
  • Receive a certificate from the University of Texas for successfully completing the course.
  • Continuing access to course materials after course close.

About this Course

Thinking about teaching Computer Science, or incorporating CS into a subject you already teach? CS skills are fundamental to student success and you can learn to teach CS!

This course is intended for prospective K-12 Computer Science teachers to review key topics in Computer Science required by the certification test.

The course provides extensive detailed instruction, examples and practice on everything from introductory programming topics such as variables, functions, loops and logical expressions to more advanced topics such as data structures, recursion, and object oriented programming.

States around the country have adopted the Praxis Computer Science Test as a component of their certification/licensure and this course covers all of the topics in that test and more. In the state of Texas this test is called TExES 241 Grades 8-12 Computer Science Certification exam. Hundreds of teachers from around the country have already taken the course and many have gone on to achieve state certification.

Whether or not you plan to take a certification exam, this course will strengthen your understanding of key CS concepts and constructs and increase your confidence in teaching CS.

In addition to access to all course material, participants who choose to upgrade their enrollment will also receive:

  • Access to graded weekly quizzes, to track your progress.
  • Access to the comprehensive final, which mimics the actual 100 question CS 8-12 certification exam.
  • The opportunity to earn 40 CPE credit hours from The University of Texas at Austin, upon successfully completing the course. (Please note: You must score >80% to earn credit)

 

Registration End
Dec 01, 2017

Course Duration

7.0 weeks
Self-Paced

Time Required

6 hours
per week

CPE hours available

40.00 CPE
hours available

Course Start: Sept. 8, 2017

Duration: 7.0 weeks, Self-Paced

Time Required: 6

CPEs: 40.00 CPE hours available

What You'll Learn

  • Week 1: Software Design and Programming basics
  • Week 2: Programming Fundamentals
  • Week 3: Loops and Recursion
  • Week 4: Data Structures
  • Week 5: More OOP, Algorithms and Big O (Oh my!)
  • Week 6: Technology Applications
  • Week 7: Special Topics: Discrete Math
  • Week 7: Special Topics: Digital Forensics
  • Week 7: Special Topics: Game and Mobile Application Development
  • Week 7: Final Quiz

Ready to Start?

Current Running Date Sept. 8, 2017 - Dec. 15, 2017

Ready to Start?

Current Running Date

Enroll for Free

Registration Closed

About the Instructor

course instructor

John B. Owen

Computer Science Instructor & PD Specialist, WeTeach_CS John Owen is a 20+ year CS veteran teacher in Texas, recently retired and now passionately committed to helping current educators join the CS teaching community. His first mission is to prepare them to take and pass the challenging certification test through the WeTeach_CS face-to-face workshops, as well as through the newly launched online course. He also wants to help new teachers survive and thrive through their first year of teaching CS in the classroom.

About the Instructor

John B. Owen

Computer Science Instructor & PD Specialist, WeTeach_CS John Owen is a 20+ year CS veteran teacher in Texas, recently retired and now passionately committed to helping current educators join the CS teaching community. His first mission is to prepare them to take and pass the challenging certification test through the WeTeach_CS face-to-face workshops, as well as through the newly launched online course. He also wants to help new teachers survive and thrive through their first year of teaching CS in the classroom.