The Teacher Certification Committee

The Certification Committee is primarily concerned with issues surrounding teacher certification for Computing teachers. Our most recent effort was the publication of the white paper, Bugs in the System: Computer Science Teacher Certification in the U.S. This was a substantial effort of members from almost every state! You can see the state map that resulted from this work, where each state has a color code based on whether or not that state has a certification for HS, for MS or no certifications at all. One of the criteria is Computer Science as a required course, but not one state had that in 2013.

On our CSTA website, you will find the Certification section at the bottom of the left side navigation. We currently have two links, one to the resources which include downloadable PDFs of our two white papers as well as information on a methods course for teacher prep programs. The second link is to an interactive map of the United States. Each state contains answers to three questions: Is Computer Science a required course? Is there a Middle School Computer Science teacher certification? and Is there a High School Computer Science teacher certification?  Soon, we will be adding a link to this page to allow our members to self-report changes to these questions for their state. Advocacy for Computer Science education is having an effect on this data, and we would like to keep this information current.

With the increasing importance of K-12 computer science, CS teacher certification is becoming even more critical. The committee welcomes news from any state that is working on CS teacher certification. The committee also welcomes any volunteers who would like to serve on the committee.

Who is on the Certification Committee?
Chair – Tammy Pirmann
Members – Deborah Seehorn, Aman Yadav, and Lissa Clayborn


8 thoughts on “The Teacher Certification Committee

  1. Washington State recently adopted competencies for a new CS Endorsement. You can find the information from the adoption meeting at
    I served on the committee that worked on these competencies and gathered feedback from several computer scientists in my organization as well as local HS CS teachers. The committee is going to look at an additional set of competencies for CS at the elementary level to be presented later this year because we felt that the mark on the adopted set would discourage elementary teachers from pursuing the endorsement. I would be interested in helping the CSTA committee in any way possible.

  2. Name is Joe Foy, ex-engineer\programmer, 9th year of teaching at public high school. Currently teach AP Computer Science, AP Computer Principles (Pilot), plus an Embedded-C course I designed (and AP Physics, Honors Physics). Would like very much to help the CSTA Certification Committee.

  3. consider as well when looking for schools with certified computer science teachers, is to look at their CTE department as well. In Texas we have two certifications that highly qualify teachers to teach Computer Programming I and II. One is computer science which will have the teacher under the general ed umbrella finances and the other is Tech Ed which will have the teacher placed under CTE which will allow more funding for the program. Both qualifications meet the need of computer science in the high school it is basically the same course work just under a different code.

  4. Offering certification for CS is great. However, please realize that there are many of us teaching CS that don’t have the certification and doing a great job. I have taught CS for 20 years. My AP scores are consistently above the national average. Requiring a CS certification that requires coursework would mean that teachers like myself would no longer be able to teach those classes.

    Regardless of the system advocated for, there needs to be a way for those that are self taught and very competent to still be able to teach CS.

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