K12 CS Teacher Endorsement

URI is a RIDE-approved provider of the RI Computer Science Teaching Endorsement. RI has no teacher certification in CS. Instead, an endorsement allows certified teachers to add a credential to their teaching certification. Endorsements are optional for teachers to get, and optional for districts to enforce. RIDE’s RI CS Teacher Endorsement, which was passed by the RI Board of Education in Summer 2019, requires:

  • Use only in teaching grades for which the endorsement is awarded:
    • Elementary/Middle Computer Science: grades K-8
    • Secondary Computer Science: grades 9-12
  • The educator holds a valid Rhode Island full educator certificate.
  • The educator demonstrates content and pedagogical competencies in Computer Science at the appropriate grade band level as defined in the RI Computer Science Education Standards:
    • Demonstrate and apply grade band-appropriate knowledge of computer programming, algorithms, abstraction, computer systems, computer networks, data science, digital literacy, cybersecurity, and the impact of computing.
    • Design and implement grade band-appropriate computer science instruction.
    • Understand and apply techniques to foster an inclusive computing culture in instruction.
    • Assess student learning in computer science.

RIDE has specified that approved academic courses (see URI's Preservice Teacher Preparation Progam ) and approved professional development (PD) training are acceptable ways to demonstrate the above competencies. Currently the approved PDs are:

URI is in the process of establishing the application procedure for qualified teachers to apply for the RI CS Teacher Endorsement.

For questions about URI's Computer Science CS Teacher Endorsement Program, contact urics.k12@gmail.com