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Graduate Certificate – CS Teacher Endorsement

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 high school students to explore the field of Computer Science. To supply this demand, we need teachers that are trained to teach computer science effectively.

NOTE: Beginning Fall 2015, Boise State University offers a Graduate Certificate for Computer Science Teacher Endorsement.  This certificate leading up to an endorsement was approved by the Idaho SBOE in April 2015 and is now available in the Boise State Graduate Application system.

The Computer Science courses have been designed for students admitted to the Computer Science Teacher Endorsement Graduate Certificate program to prepare in-service teachers to teach computer science in high schools. Please see the page on getting the endorsement for additional steps required to obtain the Computer Science endorsement.

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Cohort 4 started Summer 2017, and cohort 5 will start Summer 2018.

The application deadline for cohort 5 is April 30, 2018.

Computer Science Teacher Endorsement

Course Title
(Course Descriptions)
CS 501AP Computer Science Principles3
CS 503Teaching and Learning Computer Science I5
CS 505Teaching and Learning Computer Science II4
CS 518Inclusive Strategies for Teaching Computer Science to Women and Minorities2

CS 321
CS 516
CS 517
Select two of the following:
Data Structures
Introduction to Web Development
Mobile Application Development
3 + 3

Sample Course Plan: Computer Science Teacher Endorsement

Summer, 1st YearCS 5013
Fall, 1st YearCS 5035
Spring, 1st YearCS 5054
Summer, 2nd YearCS Elective
CS 518
Fall, 2nd YearCS Elective3


In addition to the CS courses, students will have to apply to the Professional Standards Committee at Boise State University. For details on the additional steps required to obtain a CS endorsement, refer to the Idaho CS Endorsement page.