URI is providing certificates for teachers to teach AP Computer Science Principles, Intro To Computing, Computing Concepts, The Joy of Programming, and Cyber Security Fundamentals. Earning a certificate for teaching one of these courses requires completion of URI Professional Development training for that course (example PD) and URI approval of the teacher's implementation plan for the course.
A URI course certificate is required to teach a computer science course in the RI State Concurrent Enrollment program, where high school students earn free college credit for their courses. With no RI State certification in Computer Science teaching available, or expected to be available in the near future, these individual course certificates are the current recognized credential for teaching computer science in Rhode Island schools.
URI is in the process of approving a Graduate Certificate in Computer Science Teaching. This program will allow existing certified teachers to take five graduate courses at URI to earn a Graduate Certificate (degree) in Teaching Computer Science. These courses will embody the computer science background and professional development necessary to teach computing, programming, and computer science from K-5 through AP Computer Science courses. Part of the program may be graduate credit for existing URI course certifications.
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