Boise State University has been awarded a 3 year $1 million dollar National Science Foundation (NSF) grant# 1339403 for its IDoCode project to promote computer science education in high schools. NSF has funded select CS10K projects across the country with a goal to have 10,000 well-trained computer science teachers in 10,000 high schools across the United States.
Computer Science skills are in high demand as it has become a driving force behind many of the advances in business, science and math, and now even social sciences and art. Thus in 2014, the State Board of Education and House Education Committee approved a rule change which allows students to take dual credit or AP computer science as core math or science credit versus elective – providing incentive for students to explore the field of Computer Science. To supply this demand, we need teachers that are trained to teach computer science effectively.
Teachers are key to the IDoCode program’s success. As such, Boise State University in partnership with the NSF will fully fund tuition for teachers accepted in the new Master of Science in STEM Education with Computer Science emphasis or the Computer Science Teacher Endorsement graduate certificate programs.
Classes are planned to fit into a teachers’ schedule with classes beginning after 4:30 pm as well as being offered during the summer after 1pm. Classes for the first cohort began Fall 2014. A second cohort began in the Summer 2015. For details on the application process and registration deadlines visit: Apply: MS in STEM Education or CS Teacher Endorsement.
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NSF Grant Award – “CS 10K: IDoCode: A Sustainable Model for Computer Science in Idaho High Schools.”