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 computer science or AP computer science as a math or science credit versus being counted as electives – 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. Thus Boise State University has developed three degree programs to address the need for highly qualified Computer Science teachers. BSU offers Bachelors, Graduate Certificate and Masters programs emphasizing Computer Science instruction for secondary teachers.
Legislative Change: HB 648 approved. On March 23, Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed a bill into law requiring all high schools to offer at least one computer science course. The Idaho legislature unanimously passed this bill.
33-1634. COMPUTER SCIENCE. Starting in fiscal year 2020, each school district, specially chartered district and public charter school serving students in grades 9 through 12 inclusive, or any combination thereof, shall make available to all students in grades 9 through 12 one (1) or more courses in computer science. Students must have the option of taking the course as part of their course schedule during normal instructional hours at the school in which the student is enrolled. Such courses may be offered through virtual education programs and online courses, traditional in-person courses or hybrid courses consisting of a combination of online and in-person instruction. Computer science courses must be aligned with the Idaho content standards for computer science.
A Code.org study indicates there will be 1,000,000 more CS jobs than students by 2020. View more facts and infographics about CS jobs.