Computer Science Education Certificate

Computer Science Education Certificate

Department of Computer Science and Department of Teacher Education, College of Information Science & Technology and College of Education

Vision Statement

This graduate certificate is intended for educators seeking to extend their knowledge and skills in the teaching computational thinking, computer science, and information technology.  In completing program coursework, certified Nebraska teachers will also meet requirements for the IT Supplemental Endorsement.  Prior background in computer science is not required.  

Program Contact Information

Brian Dorn, PhD, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
174E Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 
402.554.4905
bdorn@unomaha.edu

Ms. Vanessa Hatfield-Reeker, Advisor
175C Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 
402.554.2073
vhatfield@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Other Program-Related Information

Students who hold current Nebraska teaching certificates are eligible for the IT Supplemental endorsement upon completing all required courses except CSCI 8010. Those who seek to earn only the IT supplemental endorsement should apply for this graduate certificate program.

All students must apply for completion of the graduate certificate through MavLINK. Please see the Academic Calendar for deadlines on applying.

Admissions

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: April 1

Program Specific Requirements:

  • International students who do not intend to teach in the U.S. may be eligible for admission.
    • Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English.  Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the U.S., OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a pre-determined country on the waiver list, must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission.

    • Applicants to this program must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper), 80 (internet-based), 6.5 IELTS, or 53 PTE.
  • UNO College of Education's "Personal and Professional Fitness Form"
  • A copy of your current teacher certification (if applicable)
  • Statement of Purpose addressing the following:
    • Describe your academic and professional journey. Discuss your background personal and professional experiences, and your current educational context. Be sure to explain your motivation for pursuing this program at this point in your career.
    • In order to advise you on initial coursework, please describe any prior formal or informal training you have completed in computing, computer science, and information technology. This includes, but is not limited to, programming/coding, web design, systems administration, computing networking, databases, and computer applications.
    • Finally discuss your post-certificate degree plans. How will the certificate in computer science education contribute to your future endeavors related to P-12 students, educators, administrators or other community stakeholders?
  • Professional Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Required Coures
TED 8006SPECIAL METHODS IN THE CONTENT AREA3
CSTE 8020EXPLORING COMPUTER SCIENCE FOR TEACHERS3
or CSTE 8030 COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES FOR TEACHERS
CSTE 8040OBJECT ORIENTED PROGRAMMING FOR TEACHERS3
CSCI/CYBR 8366FOUNDATIONS OF CYBERSECURITY3
CSCI 8836/8256INTRODUCTION SOFTWARE ENGINEERING3
CSCI 8010FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE3
Total Credits18