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Currently, computer science (CS) may be taught by teachers holding certificates in these areas:
As announced in January 2019, the Pennsylvania 7-12 Computer Science certification is expected to be available in Fall 2020.2
In addition to local offerings, IUs engaged in the PDE State System of Support (SSoS) provide services to support and establish Computer Science initiatives in their region. Examples include:
Additional opportunities are available through Pennsylvania’s STEM ecosystems. 3
Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA)
National organization for K-12 computer science teachers
Counselors for Computing (C4C)
National organization for school counselors offering information and resources to support all students in CS
National organization connecting providers, schools and districts, funders, and researchers involved with K-12 CS education.
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
International organization focused on the ”power of technology to transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation and solve tough problems in education.”
1 “STEM and Computer Science FAQ.” Pennsylvania Department of Education, (2020). https://www.education.pa.gov/Educators/Certification/CertFAQs/Pages/STEMCS.aspx
2 “Teachers Can Earn Computer Science Certification Under New PDE Guidelines.” Pennsylvania Pressroom.PA.GOV, (2019). https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Education-Details.aspx?newsid=588
3 “STEM Ecosystems in Pennsylvania.” Pennsylvania Department of Education, (2020). https://www.education.pa.gov/Pages/STEMEcosystems.aspx