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Introductory Computer Science Supplementary Authorization

Introductory Computer Science Supplementary Authorization

Given the growing demand for trained computer science teachers statewide and the continued integration of computer science concepts into existing curriculum, the California State Board of Education (SBE) developed a new supplemental authorization to help meet this need – the Introductory Computer Science Supplementary Authorization. 

This supplementary authorization can be added to multiple or single subject credentials and authorizes the holder to teach departmentalized classes related to Computer Science in grades 9 and below.
 

Who is the program for?

The Introductory Computer Science Supplementary Authorization is designed for K–9 teachers, pre-service teachers, site-based and district administrators, or other school officials interested in furthering their knowledge in computer science education and classroom integration, or teachers that need the authorization to teach computer science in a classroom setting. 

All courses can also count as electives towards a Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction. See the C&I website for more details regarding the Master's degree. 

What you’ll learn

Completers of the Introductory Computer Science Supplementary Authorization program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in central theories of computing and its impact on society
  • Apply computer science problem solving techniques
  • Effectively communicate technical concepts to a variety of audiences
     

When and where are courses offered

Courses are 100% online. All courses will be offered March 21 – August 9, 2022. The cohort for Spring / Summer 2022 will be limited to 30 students.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Hold a valid California multiple subject or single subject credential in any discipline and/or you are currently a Resident in one of CSUB's four Residency Programs
  • Demonstrate commitment to innovative approaches to teaching and learning
  • Ability to devote, at least, 10 hours a week to coursework sessions and assignments
     

Program Cost

Full scholarships through The Citizen Science Project are available for students enrolling in all four courses in Spring / Summer 2022. Application fees are waived as well.

What are the courses?

Phase One: March 21, 2022 - May 20, 2022

SCI 5200 (3 Units) – Computational Thinking
A graduate level course offered in an online format that satisfies the Computational Thinking requirement for an Introductory Supplementary Authorization in Computer Science. Topics include solving problems and designing systems using fundamental computing concepts such as decomposition, data representation, generalization/abstraction and algorithms. Students will learn effective computational thinking and programming techniques for the classroom through study of historically significant works, conducting literature search in methods/case studies, and critical discussion in seminar setting. 

Phase Two: May 31, 2022 - August 9, 2022

SCI5210 (3 Units) – Computing Practice and Programming
A graduate level course in an online format that satisfies the Computing Practice and Programming requirement for an Introductory Supplementary Authorization in Computer Science. This course has two objectives. First, exposure to a high-level, modern programming language. Students develop programming skills by completing lab activities in expressions, control of flow, functions, lists, arrays, strings, and automation of common computing tasks. Second, to demonstrate expertise in a block programming language. Through study of a current block programming language students will understand effective ways and mediums to teach programming in the classroom.

SCI 5220 (3 Units) – Computers and Computing Devices
A graduate level course in a hybrid format that satisfies the Computers and Communication Devices requirement for an Introductory Supplementary Authorization in Computer Science. Students will learn about the major components and functions of digital devices, the computing systems they compose, and communication between devices. Specific topics include application of logic, I/O, and wireless communication on an embedded computing platform designed for education. Through interactive design activities students will learn methods that can be practically applied in the classroom. The class culminates in a physical presentation of a lesson plan with tinkering and embedded computing devices to demonstrate expertise in digital devices. CMPS 5210 Computing Practice and Programming is a prerequisite for this course.

SCI 5230 (3 Units) – Impacts of Computing
A graduate level course in an online format that satisfies the Impacts of Computing requirement for an Introductory Supplementary Authorization in Computer Science. Topics include social, ethical and legal issues and impacts of computing as well as the contributions of computer science to current and future innovations in the arts, business, humanities, medicine and science. Students develop competency through critical discussion and debate in a seminar style setting. 

How to get started

Ready to register for the Introductory Computer Science Supplementary Authorization program? Complete the PDF application form and submit it by mail or in person to:

CSUB Extended Education
Attn: Raushel Salyards - CSSA
9001 Stockdale Highway
30 BDC
Bakersfield, CA 93311

Applications are due by Feb. 21, 2022.

If you have questions or need more information, contact Raushel Salyards at rsalyards@csub.edu.