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Foundations of Computer Science for Teachers

The University of Texas at Austin via edX

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Overview

Thinking about teaching Computer Science, or incorporating CS into a subject you already teach? CS skills are fundamental to student success and you can teach it!

This course is intended for prospective K-12 Computer Science teachers to review key topics in Technology Applications, Programming Languages and CS special topics.

The course provides extensive detailed instruction, examples and practice on everything from introductory programming topics such as variables, functions, loops and logical expressions to more advanced topics such as data structures, recursion, and object oriented programming.

States around the country have adopted the Praxis Computer Science Test as a component of their certification/licensure and this course covers all of the topics in that test and more. In the state of Texas this test is called TExES 141/241 Grades 8-12 Computer Science Certification exam. Hundreds of teachers from around the country have already taken the course and many have gone on to achieve state certification.

Whether you plan to take a certification exam or not, this course will strengthen your understanding of key CS concepts and constructs and increase your confidence in teaching CS.

Note: In addition to the verified certificate, Texas Teachers that successfully complete this course will receive 36 hours of CPE credit.

Syllabus

Week 1: Software Design and Programming basics
Week 2: Programming Fundamentals
Week 3: Loops and Recursion
Week 4: Data Structures
Week 5: More OOP, Algorithms and Big O (Oh my!)    
Week 6: Technology Applications
Week 6: Final Quiz
Week 6: Discrete Math (Optional)
Week 6: Digital Forensics (Optional)
Week 6: Game and Mobile Application Development (Optional)
 

Taught by

John B. Owen

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