TEACHING COMPUTER SCIENCE
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.
Industrial Technology Education
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.
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.
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.
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
Who are the key stakeholders
to make change?