Computational Thinking - Certificate

Contact Information

Name: Siri Anderson

Phone: 651-690-6121

The 12-credit Computational Thinking and Coding Certificate prepares K-12 teachers to integrate computer science skills into their existing curriculum and to design curriculum specifically around these practices. Computational thinking can be understood as the "grammar" of programming languages. For instance, just as all world languages have nouns, verbs, and prepositions, all programming languages have ways of naming, looping, and creating "if...then..." processes.

The certificate promotes critical thinking and problem solving skills of participants and their students.  Graduates integrate career relevant Information Technology skills into their teaching and demonstrate how computational thinking is already present in student lives. 

Teachers will connect to free software and activities that facilitate student interest and skills in computer science and demystify the digital tools they use. Collaboration and role models promote teacher/student success.

Teachers need to have completed two modules of Code.org curriculum prior to beginning the coursework or have prior coursework within the domain. Teachers begin with block coding (Scratch) and then move to writing scripts (Processing, C++ and/or Python) so they are fully prepared to teach students the practices used in computer science.  

EDUC courses are fully online. The LIS courses are taught in a hybrid format.

If any of these courses are taken as part of a degree program (MAED: Technology Integration, MAED: Curriculum and Instruction, or MAED: STEM) they are covered by financial aid. If these courses are taken as a stand-alone certificate option, financial aid is not available at this time.

Choose four classes from the following:12
Designing for Online Instruction (May be required.) 1
Best Practices in 1:1
EDUC 6500
Hands-On STEAM: Animation in the K-12 Classroom
Introduction to Computational Thinking and Coding
Physical Computing: Introduction to Arduinos
Hands on STEM: Maker Space in the K-8 Setting
Internet Fundamentals and Design
Making and Makerspaces
User Experience Design and Accessibility of Web