Learn to teach Computer Science (CS)!

Join a community of aspiring K-12 computer science educators and prepare for the Florida CS Certification Exam. No prior CS experience required!

Full and partial scholarships are available to join the 2023-2024 cohort (beginning fall semester 2023) for the CS Education Certificate Program. Elementary, middle, and high school teachers are welcome to apply!

Mentoring Program Coordinator Carla Strickland and a student are delighted by what they see on a computer screen

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
This cohort will begin August 23, 2023 and end April 24, 2024. Applications are due July 1, 2023 and require a $30 application fee. Application information will be sent to you following your submission of the interest form. This initial investment is recoupable contingent on acceptance into the program and eligibility for the scholarship from Reboot Representation.

How can I learn more about this program?

We will hold webinars on the following dates to discuss the graduate certificate program and the scholarships:

Why get certified to teach CS?

Teaching CS is fun! And computer science teachers are in demand: in the 2022-23 school year, Florida certified CS teachers received a cash bonus from the state. The CS education field is always evolving, but the fundamentals remain the sameā€¦ so now is a great time to get started!

What will I get from this program?

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
  • Prepare for the Computer Science K-12 FTCE (Florida Teacher Certification Exam) in Computer Science

And you will receive:

  • A certificate in CS Education from UF College of Education
  • 12 credit hours that can be applied to an Online MAE or Online Ed.D. degree at the University of Florida if you meet all other admissions criteria

What supports are available for this program?

The 2022-2023 cohort received the following benefits:

  • A mentor to guide you, answer your questions, and support your CS education career goals
  • Tutoring support for your computer science coursework
  • State certification exam preparation resources

Are there scholarships available for this program?

Yes! Financial support is available via the UKG/Reboot Representation scholarship, which supports a cohort of in-service Florida teachers who are Black, Latina, or Native American women. Additional scholarships are also available to teachers in Florida schools that do not meet the demographic criteria listed above. Preference is given to public school teachers.

Interest Form Closed

Applications for the Fall 2023 certificate program are now closed.