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Would you like to earn an endorsement to teach computer science in Maryland?

Are you motivated to do a deep dive into computer science concepts to cover the breadth of knowledge needed to pass the PRAXIS CS II 5652 exam and become a certified CS teacher in Maryland?

Thanks to a generous grant from Microsoft, Maryland is able to offer a program to current public school teachers, who are teaching computer science, to receive a $1,000 award for participating in our CS certification program and passing the Praxis 2 CS exam. You must apply and be accepted into the program to earn the award.

Teacher participant requirements:

  1. Be a certified public school teacher in Maryland who has already taught at least one year of computer science at the middle or high school level and will teach CS again next year.
  2. Sign up to become a certified secondary CS teacher at this MCCE link.
  3. Use the pretest study materials and pass the pretest. ( the link is on the pretest study materials page)
  4. Get accepted into the program. New participants are notified once a month to join upcoming cohorts.
  5. Use our Praxis 2 CS Study materials to prepare for the actual exam.
  6. Pass the CS Praxis 2 exam. See the site for testing date windows.

You will receive a $1,000 stipend if you complete this.

All Maryland teachers are invited to attend the Praxis preparation workshops and use our online study materials. Private school teachers are welcome to apply, but will not earn the stipend upon completion.

 Additional consideration will be given to teachers who have:

  1. taught more than 1 year of computer science in Maryland
  2. definite plans to teach CS in a Maryland public school next year.
  3. experience at a high school or middle school level
  4. principal and/or district recommendation. 
  5. taught in rural districts, urban districts, or are from underrepresented groups. 

If districts want to pay teachers a stipend to attend a workshop, they can do that with their MCCE funding, but it is optional since teachers will earn a reward for their time.

Study help workshop dates:

  • until further notice, all in-person workshops are being reorganized to be delivered online. 
  • Online workshops will be published here starting April 1 with the spring cohort 

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.