Computer Science Professional Learning Opportunities

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(From the PESB email dated 2/16/22.)

Are you interested in learning how to integrate computer science into your classroom? Would you like to earn free college credits? Do you need STEM clock hours? Are you interested in earning a computer science credential?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we might have the information you’re looking for! City University, ESD 112, University of Washington, and Western Washington University are currently looking for educators to participate in professional learning focused on computer science. Participants will earn free or reduced cost clock hours or credits, gain valuable knowledge about computer science instruction, and be better prepared to equip students with the skills needed to thrive in a workplace of the future. 


Course: Intro to Cyber (City University)

CityU's vision is to integrate computer science, cybersecurity, and technology into all K-12 teacher preparation to ensure Washington students realize their full potential in the workforce of tomorrow. 

  • Focus area: Computer science, cybersecurity, and technology 
  • Eligible educators: Secondary teachers preparing for computer science endorsement
  • Learning format: Virtual, synchronous learning. 
  • Cost: Free. Educators will also receive a $20 stipend per class attended
  • Timeline: 9:00am to 12:00pm every Saturday beginning April 11 through June 26 (This course may be delayed until late June or early July. Please contact Morgan Zantua or Vicki Butler  for more information.)
  • Clock hours/credits: Five undergraduate level credits free of charge
  • Registration and contact information: Contact Morgan Zantua or Vicki Butler 

Elementary computer science specialty endorsement pilot (ESD 112)

Join us in a flexible program that will be immediately useful in your classroom, and emerge with a portfolio proving your competence in teaching integrated computer science at the elementary level. 

  • Focus area: Elementary computer science
  • Eligible educators: Elementary educators 
  • Learning format: Online coursework and optional weekly brief virtual Zoom sessions
  • Cost: Free
  • Timeline: February 24 through May 19, with portfolio completion continuing until June. (Course may be delayed, and portfolio completion extended until the end of August. Please contact Katherine Livick for more information.)
  • Clock hours/credits: 15 STEM clock hours 
  • Registration: Learn more or register for the program online

Computer science endorsement (University of Washington)

This program offers a computer science endorsement for certificated teachers. This dual-endorsement structure not only makes you a competitive candidate for teaching positions, but equips you to teach both standalone computer science courses, as well as integrate computer science into other subject areas that you teach.

  • Focus area: Justice-centered computer science pedagogy 
  • Eligible educators: Certificated, in-service secondary teachers 
  • Learning format: Synchronous, virtual classes Monday through Thursday, 4:30pm-6:20pm throughout the spring, with the potential of one day in-person per week 
  • Cost: Free or reduced cost, depending on the number of participants
  • Timeline: Courses run March 28 to June 3, 2022
  • Clock hours/credits: 14 graduate-level credits 
  • Registration and contact information: Visit the program website to learn more, or contact Amy Ko at ajko@uw.edu or Anne Beitlers at annes@uw.edu for questions.

Western Washington University 

Whether you are an experienced computer science teacher or want to start teaching it, this workshop is for you! Come learn about computer science education methods, covering a range of topics from creating an inclusive computer science classroom to an introduction to robotics - all while making connections with other computer science teachers in Washington. 

  • Focus area: Equity-focused computer science methods
  • Eligible educators: In-service secondary teachers
  • Learning format: Synchronous, in person learning in Bellingham, WA. Each educator will receive a stipend and one free Edison robot. Travel, lodging, and childcare grants are also available.
  • Cost: Free
  • Timeline: Two-day workshop on June 21-22, 2022, from 9:00am to 5:00pm (Workshop may be delayed until late June or early July. Please contact Caroline Hardin for more information.)
  • Clock hours/credits:  11 STEM clock hours 
  • Registration and contact information: Complete the online application form or contact Caroline Hardin at caroline.hardin@wwu.edu for questions.