Learn to teach Computer Science (CS)!

Join a community of aspiring K-12 computer science educators and prepare for the Florida CS Certification Exam.

Full and partial scholarships are available to join the 2023-2024 cohort (beginning fall semester 2023) for the CS Education Certificate Program.

The University of Florida (UF) Computer Science K-12 Teaching Graduate Certificate is a 12-credit hour program with four courses. This fully online, job-embedded program is a collaboration between the College of Education and Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. This one-year program includes the following four courses:

  • ETE 6141: K-12 Computer Science Pedagogy I
  • ETE 6142: K-12 Computer Science Pedagogy II
  • EDG 6805C: K-12 Computer Programming Foundations I
  • EDG 6806C: K-12 Computer Programming Foundations II
Mentoring Program Coordinator Carla Strickland and a student are delighted by what they see on a computer screen

Applications are due July 1, 2023 and require a $30 application fee. This initial investment is recoupable contingent on acceptance into the program and eligibility for the scholarship from Reboot Representation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the Reboot Scholars?

The Reboot Representation scholarship supports a cohort of in-service teachers who are:

  • Black, Latina or Native American, and
  • Identify as women.
Do I need a background in computer science?

No prior CS experience required!

What kind of support systems do I get in this program?

The 2022-2023 cohort received the following benefits:

  • Mentorship
  • Tutoring
  • State certification exam preparation resources
Why get certified to teach CS?
  • Teaching CS is fun!
  • While the fundamentals remain the same, the field is always evolving
  • There are lots of CS education jobs
  • Florida certified CS teachers received a cash bonus from the state
What will I get from this program?
  • A certificate in CS Education from UF College of Education
  • Florida State Dept. of Ed. Computer Science Certification Exam preparation
  • 12 credit hours that can be applied to a master’s or doctoral degree
  • Support from a mentor to guide, answer questions, and support your CS education career goals
What are the specific certificate program outcomes?

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Use pedagogical approaches for teaching K-12 CS
  • Create and evaluate CS curriculum and instructional resources
  • Create robust and computationally sound CS programs addressing a range of problem domains using Scratch and the Java programming languages
How will the certificate program help me?

In addition to gaining the skills necessary to pass the Computer Science K-12 FTCE (Florida Teacher Certification Exam), you will be prepared to transition into your new role as a CS teacher at the elementary, middle, or high school level.

Are certificate course credits transferrable into a graduate degree program at UF?

Students admitted to graduate degree programs can apply certificate course credits towards a degree.

What are the start and end dates for this cohort?

This cohort will begin August 23, 2023 and end April 24, 2024.


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