Computational Thinking - Certificate

Contact Information

Name: Siri Anderson

Phone: 651-690-6121

The 12-credit Computational Thinking and Coding Certificate prepares K-12 teachers and librarians to either integrate these computer science skills into their existing curriculum or 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 variables, looping, and creating "if...then..." or conditional processes.

The activities teachers/librarians can lead after completing this certificate foster critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, logic, and school-to-life connections. We connect practitioners with resources for bringing in role models and designing class activities that will improve the STEM identity of their learners. Graduates integrate career-relevant translations of Information Technology into their teaching and demonstrate how computational thinking is already present in student lives in their own decision making as well as in the digital tools they use on a regular basis. 

Teachers will connect to free software and activities that build student skills in computer science and technology literacy, demystifying the digital tools they use. Teachers will build their confidence to design learning that engages students in creating and building solutions to problems they see. Collaboration promotes universal success. Everyone we accept into this certificate can succeed. We have an unparalleled success record with teachers from Kindergarten through AP Biology.

Teachers should complete two modules of 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).  We have seen translation into middle school math instruction, elementary robotics, language arts choose-your-own-adventure stories, music instruction, biologic environmental capacity model building, and more. This may not feel relevant to what you are currently teaching, but once you know it you are likely to wonder how you operated without this knowledge. That has been our graduates’ experience.  

EDUC courses are fully online. LIS courses are online or hybrid and are 14-week courses.

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. They can also all be taken as part of the Technology Integration Certificate with financial aid.

Choose four classes from the following:12
Designing for Online Instruction (May be required.) 1
Best Practices in 1:1
Hands-OnSTEAM: 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
Web Design and Accessibility
Making and Makerspaces
User Experience Design