Applying for our microcredential program is the first important step towards gaining confidence, comfort and experience in teaching K-12 computer science. Regardless of the grades and subjects we teach, we have an obligation to the students of today, the technology users and creators of tomorrow, to infuse their educational experience with computer science. Computer science affects everyone and has become an fundamental part of what an informed citizen should know. Our microcredential program will set you on the path to helping you help your students.
This brief, but thorough, introduction to teaching computer science to K-12 students takes approximately 20 hours to complete. In this program you will:
- Work independently on thoughtfully crafted modules
- Come to the UF campus for two Saturday group sessions
- Connect with future teachers who share your interests and challenges.
Participation in this program will help you build a community that you can call upon now and in the future — to share concerns, expertise and camaraderie around the shared goal of infusing learning with computer science mastery.
Beyond your new community, this micro credential will give you a Badge of Completion setting your apart from the crowd and proving that you are committed to learning and teaching relevant and important skills to children. As the need for teachers with computer science education expertise grows, your knowledge and experience will be something tangible that you can point to as you apply for positions and compete for the job of your dreams.
We think computer science is FUN and know you will too. Join us in the inaugural cohort and help us build something great for our kids and for our future, together.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you need to have computer science background?
No. This is for anyone curious about bring CS into their K-12 classrooms
Is there a fee associated with the microcredential?
Yes. There is a nominal registration fee of $30. This microcredential is sponsored by the Kenneth C Griffin CS for All Education Initiative at the University of Florida. Some scholarships are available upon request.
How much time does the microcredential take?
About 18 hours, including both face-to-face and online work.
Is this program for a specific grade level?
No. This microcredential is open to all preservice teachers who will be teaching elementary, middle or high school. There will be differentiation for activities to make it relevant to all grade levels.
Do I have to be a University of Florida student to attend?
No. This is open to all preservice teachers in the State of Florida who are enrolled at any state college or university
Will my travel for face-to-face sessions be paid for?
A partial stipend for travel is available for those living outside of Alachua County (Gainesville, FL)
Will I receive University of Florida credits for this microcredential?
No. This microcredential is not a credit-accruing program. You will receive a badge and a certificate of completion to add to your resume, portfolio and email signature.