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MCCE Activities

To support the Maryland Computing Education 15-Year Goals, the initial primary focus of the MCCE is to increase the number of qualified P-12 teachers who teach computational thinking in STEM courses and a full range of computer science courses, leading to multiple postsecondary options in computer science, information technology, and cybersecurity. The MCCE assists local school systems and other partner organizations to increase student exposure to computing and computational thinking by supporting existing teachers, creating a pool of new computer science teachers, and developing educator supports and resources.

Other key goals and activities include:

  • Collaborative Advocacy. Providing a focal point for continuing the Maryland CS Education Steering Committee and state-level collaborations to improve standards, curriculum, course availability, teacher preparation, national visibility, and funding support for CS education.
  • Assessing Progress. Measuring and tracking progress towards the Steering Committee’s 15-year goals, leveraging the Maryland Longitudinal Data Center.
  • Increasing Diversity. Broadening participation by increasing gender, racial, and socioeconomic diversity in computing, as well as increasing accessibility to students with disabilities by providing quality teacher preparation.
  • Developing Quality Content. Improving P-12 computing curriculum and providing quality teacher preparation.

Maryland Computing Education 15-Year Goals

Program Years/
1-2 Years
3-4 Years
5-10 Years
11-14 Years
Final 15 Year Goals
Student Access and Participation CS course listings and annual CS education event in every system. Gender, race, and socioeconomic gaps measured and targeted. CS course offerings in every high school. AP-level course in 50% of high schools in each system. CS course offerings, including AP, taught by trained teachers in every high school. Gaps have been reduced by 50% from baseline. Rigorous computing courses and content offered in every P-12 school. CS is offered to every student throughout their P-12 education. Gaps have been reduced by 90% from baseline.
Professional Training Trained teachers and guidance counselors in 50% of high schools. Trained teachers and guidance counselors in every high school. At least three undergraduate and three graduate programs offering CS certification. Training universally available. All P-12 pre-service programs require a CS course. All secondary CS teachers are certified in CS. Offerings are continually updated.
Curriculum and Standards P-12 CS framework and standards adopted in Maryland, consistent with national standards. Curriculum materials identified for every grade level. P-12 CS curriculum in every school system aligned with state CS standards. Graduation requirements include CS. All P-12 CS standards implemented in all schools. Review board established and in effect to continually update P-12 standards.


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.