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Pre-Service CS Teacher Educator Professional Development Program

Format: Weekly 1.5 hour synchronous meetings

Program Outcomes:

By the end of the program, participants will:

  • Understand the context and need for CS in pre-service programs
  • Design a pre-service computer science program
  • Create an action plan to implement the program
  • Develop a network with other teacher educators in pre-service CS

Week of


Learning Goals

Guest Speakers, Activities, etc.

June 29

Overview of Pre-Service CS & Bringing Ed & CS Faculty



  1. Understand types of CS pre-service programs
  2. Identify potential models for local contexts
  3. Understand models of change
  4. Explore activities to generate enthusiasm & understanding of the need for K12 CS for all
  5. Identify key stakeholders in local context

Review CSTA Schools of Ed Case Studies

Visions of CS activity

Read CSTA Schools of Ed Journeys

July 6

K-8 Integration


  1. Understand the CSTA K12 CS Standards (for students)
  2. Identify courses to which CS content could be added
  3. Explore activities to develop teacher candidate knowledge of CS practices and concepts
  4. Understand levels of integration

Example integrated CS lessons for technology, math, science, ELA, etc. courses

July 13

No sessions: CSTA - Sign up for the virtual conference!

July 20

CS Methods - Integrated & Standalone


  1. Review CSTA Standards for CS Teachers
  2. Explore syllabi for methods courses (elementary, secondary and CS)
  3. Assess student CS knowledge & understanding

Review CSTA Schools of Ed Activities

July 27

Field Experiences


  1. Identify goals for CS field experiences
  2. Review models for field experiences (e.g. how to adapt existing opportunities, where to find alternative opportunities)
  3. Observing and providing feedback 

Read CSTA Schools of Ed Field Experiences

Review CSTA observation rubric/tool and compare/contrast with school’s tool

Watch videos (if available)

Aug 3



  1. Share plans for programs
  2. Identify next steps and resources needed

Gallery walk of plans

Complete evaluation form

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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Maryland Center for Computing Education
3300 Metzerott Rd. Adelphi, MD 20783
MCCE received initial support from the National Science Foundation, (MSP)2 Grant No. 0831970.