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Supplemental Authorization on Computer Science

Dominguez Hills (Supplementary Authorization in Computer Science)

The team is developing a certificate program that will consist of three upper-division courses for a total of 10 credits to be offered in three consecutive semesters/sessions, starting summer 2020 or fall 2020 (a one-year program – two semesters and one summer session). Courses would use open-sourced software and free textbooks.

By June 2020, the first course CSC 395-61 would be done. By August 2020, the other two courses CSC 395-62 and CSC 395-63. During Summer 2020, recruitment of potential in-service teachers for the program will begin. During Fall 2020, the team will submit the paperwork for permanent courses and the certificate program and offer the first special topics course. The remaining two courses will be offered during Spring 2021 and Summer 2021.

This year they were able to recruit 18 qualified in-service teachers. Currently, they are taking the first course, and based on our latest survey, they are very pleased with the class and are eager to complete the curriculum and apply for the Supplementary Authorization. Finally, they have teamed with CSU Bakersfield to apply for a CS for ALL grant.

Los Angeles (Supplementary Authorization in Computer Science)

During the remainder of 2020, the Los Angeles team will develop an online program of five courses for in-service teachers to earn this supplementary authorization. The completion of the program will also make these teachers eligible to continue with the MA program (Educational Technology).

Two courses were converted from hybrid to online formats (EDIT 4840, EDIT 5600) and a new course (EDIT 5650) was developed. These courses are being taught during the Fall 2020 semester. The four courses for the Supplementary Authorization in Computer Science, Introductory are being aligned to ISTE standards and the fifth course for the specific authorization (EDIT 5700) is being developed with the Computer Science department. Currently, there are 19 students who are finishing the courses needed for the Supplementary Authorization in Computer Science and are in the process of seeing how many of them will be applying for the authorization. Twenty students started the CS authorization this semester and should finish next semester. Those students also need to be polled to see how many intend to apply for the Supplementary Authorization.

Sacramento (Supplementary Authorization in Computer Science)

During summer and fall 2020 the Sacramento team will develop a program for in-service teachers with the following features:

  • Coursework for the Introductory Supplementary Authorization will consist of five newly designed upper-division classes totaling 10 credits. Coursework for the Specific Supplementary Authorization will total 15 credits, all upper-division courses; none of the courses in either program will be graduate-level courses.
  • The program will be fully online and offered through the College of Continuing Education of California State University, Sacramento.
  • There will be applications of data science and cyber security included in the coursework.

The team will collaborate with the Sacramento County Office of Education and other area districts (through several ongoing K-12 computer science education projects) to shape the proposed curriculum. The faculty involved in this project plan to offer courses through Continuing Education to current K-12 teachers beginning in summer 2021. They will recruit statewide, focusing on districts without a fourth-year Quantitative Reasoning course, and using Continuing Education’s effective marketing efforts. A challenge is the capacity of the Computer Science Department to staff its courses, as the numbers of students taking stateside CS courses continue to increase while the ranks of faculty lines have remained stagnant. They believe that the first time each new course is taught, it should be taught by the tenure-line faculty who designed the course. But we have included strategies that will build a cadre of additional individuals who can teach the courses in the future.

San Francisco (Supplementary Authorization in Computer Science)

The team will convert the Summer 2020 Institute to an online, synchronous format to deliver the summer institute, which is usually delivered live. During June-July 2020, the other courses will be converted to an online format: CSC 309, CSC 310, CSC 305, and CSC 698.  Also, a course evaluation will be developed. During August-December 2020, offer CSC 309/310, CSC 305, and CSC 698 according to the design and development, convert CSC 645, including potentially creating a new 300-level course in the bulletin, and evaluate the initial implementation of CSC 309/310, CSC 305 and CSC 698. For the courses, the team has converted 4 out of 5 courses to an online format. The last course will be converted and offered online in Spring 2021.

To date, Supplementary Authorization in Computer Science Cohorts and completion rates are listed below”

  • Cohort 1: 6 teachers (all of them have completed. 2 have applied and received SA, 3 have applied and are waiting for results)
  • Cohort 2: 20 teachers (will complete the program at the end of this semester)
  • Cohort 3: 31 teachers (will complete the program in Fall 2021)
  • Cohort 4: 40+ teachers (will start in Summer 2021)

Finally, the team is meeting with Sacramento State, Sonoma State, and San Jose State to move the Northern Regional Computer Science consortium to the next level of coordination on coursework and potential funding opportunities.