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Teaching Computer Science in CA

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TEACHING COMPUTER SCIENCE

Meeting the Demand in CA

Who can and cannot teach CS in California?   Since CA doesn't have a specific CS single subject credential the answer can be confusing... ...due to different interpretations of policy from LEA's, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, different course code classifications from the California Department of Education, and uneven compliance as monitored by the County Offices of Education.  This pictograph tries to detangle teacher credentialing in CA and a vision for what it should be.

Who can teach CS when it's a core academic subject?

When computer science is coded as a core academic course (fulfills A-G graduation requirements and minimum standards for UC/CSU admission), a secondary teacher with a credential in math, business or ITE (Industrial Technology Education) can teach computer science in CA.

Business

Industrial Technology Education

Math

Who can teach CS when it's career technical education (CTE)?

When a CS course is part of a Career Pathway and is coded by the Local Education Agency (LEA) with the California Department of Education CTE course code (between 4000-5000), then only a CTE teacher with an Information Communication Technology credential can teach it, thereby excluding all subject matter credential holders and those with the computer science supplementary authorization.

CTE Information Communication Technology

When courses are coded as CTE, districts are eligible for additional funding from Perkins, Career Pathways or other CTE incentive grant programs.

Who else can teach CS?

A new Computer Science Supplementary Authorization has been proposed to the CTC to replace the current Computer Concepts and Applications Authorization. Any non-CTE/ICT teacher with a single subject credential (i.e. a Science or English teacher) can take additional college level coursework in computer science to teach elementary or secondary computer science.  

Computer Science Supplementary Authorization

ACCESS wants CS to be both A-G and CTE

We support the Linked Learning approach that prepares all students for both college and careers.  Currently, a course needs to be coded at the CDE with either a CTE course code  or an A-G course code which affects the teacher credential required to teach it.  

CS courses should be co-listed as both A-G and CTE and all qualified teachers should be able to teach it.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS IS KEY

In addition to ensuring teachers have CS credentials, professional development opportunities are essential to help build the capacity of teachers to teach computer science.  Code.org, Exploring Computer Science, and CS Principles and others offer P.D.

Who else should be able to teach CS?

Science Teachers

As Computer Science gets further integrated in the Next Generation Science Standards Curriculum Frameworks, we need to add teachers who hold various science subject matter credentials to be able to teach computer science too!

SCIENCE TEACHERS

"No other subject will open as many doors in the 21st century, regardless of a student's ultimate field of study or occupation, as computer science."  -Computer Science Teachers Association, Running on Empty: The Failure to Teach K–12 Computer Science in the Digital Age

EQUITY

Access to CS for All Students

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All of the stakeholders need to work together to develop solutions that improve equitable opportunities for teaching and learning computer science in education.

CTC, CDE, LEA, COE, SBE, BOARS

EDUCATION ADVOCATES

INDUSTRY

Who are the key stakeholders to make change?

TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

TEACHERS, STUDENTS, PARENTS

For more information and to help broaden participation in computing, contact Julie Flapan, ACCESS and become a subscriber at: www.access-ca.org [email protected]