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University of Maryland College Park Programs with CS in Preservice Education


Secondary Degree program for Certification in CS Education in collaboration with the iSchool (UTeach) and Education

Contact: David Weintrop. David Weintrop is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching & Learning, Policy & Leadership in the College of Education with a joint appointment in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. His research focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of accessible and engaging computational learning environments. He is also interested in the use of technological tools in supporting exploration and expression across diverse contexts including STEM classrooms and informal spaces. His work lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction, design, and the Learning Sciences.


K-12 integration of CS into Education programs


Program Levels: primary

Kinds of Programs: undergraduate program, graduate program

How CS is infused into Education: integrated into content classes, integrated into methods classes

Who does it reach? All students in certain education majors 

Who is part of the collaboration? Local school systems, PK-12 classroom teachers, 4-year college

Description of the strategy to infuse CS/CT into education programs: We work to leverage CS/CT as tools for advancing standards-based science learning. We are particularly interested in exploring the value of CT for supporting sustainability literacy within science education. We also engage teachers in explorations of CS/CT as a sub-discipline of science. In other words, we explore teaching and learning in physical science, life science, earth science, and computer science.

Contact: Amy Green and Jen Radoff

Amy currently serves as the Director of the Center for Science and Technology in Education (CSTE) where she coordinates and oversees innovations and partnerships to advance teacher education in science, technology, and STEM. This includes coordinating the M.Ed. in STEM Teacher Leadership program, which was established in 2015 to support in-service elementary and middle school teachers to advance STEM leadership in school communities.

Jen Radoff is an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Maryland. She has been awarded multiple NSF grants to co-design curricula with teachers that integrate computational thinking and socioscientific issues. She works primarily with pre-service and in-service elementary and middle school teachers. One of her current projects focuses on modifying NGSS-aligned curricula to include computational thinking and sustainability.


Dianne O'Grady-Cunniff, dogrady at usmd dot edu
Director, Maryland Center for Computing Education

Dr. Megean Garvin, mgarvin at usmd dot edu
Director of Research, Maryland Center for Computing Education

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MCCE received initial support from the National Science Foundation, (MSP)2 Grant No. 0831970.