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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.

NEW: 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.

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. Refer to the information for the additional steps required to receive the Idaho Computer Science Teacher Endorsement.

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Cohort 5 started Summer 2017, and cohort 6 will start Summer 2019.

The application deadline for cohort 6 is April 8, 2019.

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.