New Online Graduate Certificate in K12 Computer Science Education


MAET is pleased to announce our new online Graduate Certificate in K12 Computer Science Education, which prepares K12 teachers to teach computational thinking and computer science ideas at the elementary and secondary level. Domains include computational thinking, algorithmic thinking, abstraction, programming tools, and creative thinking. Teachers learn to teach these concepts and skills through culturally relevant pedagogy, attending to how culture and context impact student learning. This nine credit graduate certification includes following three online courses:

CEP 814: Computational Thinking for K12 Educators

This course focuses on applying computational thinking (CT)  to domain-based contexts, with an emphasis on how to make CT transparent to K12 students. In this course, students will discuss CT with practitioners and will work to understand the wider impacts of computing. The course learning objectives are as following:
Understand the main concepts/skills involved in CT
Applying CT to disciplinary / domain-based contexts in K-12 classrooms
Understanding impacts of computing
Making CT “transparent” to K12 students

CEP 824: Programming Concepts for K12 Educators.

This course will use a wide array of digital programming tools to introduce the fundamental concepts of a programming, the basics of computing and computing systems, and connecting each of these ideas to instructional approaches for K-12 settings and subject areas. The course learning objectives are as following:
Utilize digital programming tools (Scratch, Pencil Code, Python)
Demonstrate understanding of core concepts shared between programming tools
Understand pedagogy of CS – misconceptions, scaffolding, basic programming concepts, inclusive computing culture, bridging visual programming tools to text-based programming languages, assessment
Apply programming tools to solve problems in K-12 subject areas.

CEP 833: Creativity in K12 Computing Education

This course focuses on the intersections between creativity and computing in cross-disciplinary K12 contexts and subject areas. The course learning objectives are as following:
Understand how creative artifacts can be used in K12 CT/CS contexts
Understand ways to construct learning environments that support creativity (pedagogy)
Understand ways to assess student performance in relation to creativity.

CS in K12 Grad Cert

For more information, contact:
Dr. Aman Yadav
Director, Masters of Arts in Educational Technology
Associate Professor, Educational Psychology and Educational Technology
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
ph: 517-884-2094
twitter: @yadavaman