The Computer Science Endorsement program prepares individuals to teach computer science in grades 6-12. Prior to entering the program, the candidate must be enrolled in an initial teacher certification program or have successfully completed a degree in a teacher education field and obtained a teaching certificate. Candidates must be accepted for admission into Columbus State University and those enrolled in initial certification programs must also be admitted into the College of Education and Health Professions Teacher Education Program.
Undergraduates wishing to enroll in the Computer Science Endorsement program must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Requirements for admission are:
Individuals who do not hold a clear renewable teaching certificate and wish to enroll in the Computer Science Endorsement program at the graduate level must apply for graduate admission to a Master of Arts in Teaching program and meet the following requirements:
Individuals holding a clear renewable teaching certificate and wishing to enroll in the Computer Science Endorsement at the graduate level must apply for graduate admission and meet the following requirements:
Courses are offered online. The practicum course (EDUT 5455) requires candidates to spend a minimum of 60 hours during the semester in a computer science classroom setting (e.g., local school, evening classes, summer camps), including at least 15-30 hours of observation at a local school (grades 6-12) that includes basic Computer Science in its curriculum.
Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will be eligible for the Computer Science Endorsement from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
Dr. Wayne Summers, Professor/Chair, TSYS School of Computer Science
Dr. Christopher Whitehead, Assistant Professor, TSYS School of Computer Science
Dr. Deborah Gober, Professor/Chair, College of Education and Health Professions
The graduate endorsement in computer science consists of six courses, and the undergraduate endorsement consists of eleven courses. Coursework is designed to prepare practitioners who are equipped with communication and teaching skills and who desire a high level of technical competence and exposure to computer programming and systems development and implementation. The program is content intensive; therefore, teachers must be creative problem solvers, lifelong learners, and change agents in their school environments. To instill and reinforce these skills, opportunities for problem solving, reflection, and meaningful learning will be embedded in the course work, and candidates will be required to extend their university classroom learning into their own school situations and on to their own students. As candidates progress through their content courses, they will be expected to build upon their prior experiences with assessment as they are exposed to a variety of assessment strategies for computer science.
Candidates who have previously earned a bachelor's degree in computer science or have taken computer science courses at another college or university may, at the discretion of the TSYS School of Computer Science and College of Education and Health Professions, substitute equivalent courses for required courses in the program.
For additional information about the program and admission at CSU, contact Dr. Wayne Summers at (706) 568-5037 or email@example.com.Program Requirements