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.
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.
The following courses have been designed for students admitted to the “Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with specialized pathway in STEM Education with Computer Science” program to prepare in-service teachers to teach computer science in high schools. Classes for the first cohort began Fall 2014. The fifth cohort started Summer 2018. The sixth cohort is accepting applications and will start Summer 2019.
For additional information contact:
- Dr. Amit Jain (208) 426-3821 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Esther Enright (208) 426-1693 or email email@example.com
- Ernie Covelli (208) 426-5764 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The “Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with specialized pathway in STEM Education with Computer Science” is at capacity. Please contact Amit Jain or Ernie Covelli to determine if the program is accepting applicants at this time.
- Alternately we recommend you apply for the Computer Science Teacher Endorsement graduate certificate program. This program provides the same Computer Science training as the MS STEM program for teacher endorsement.
- Qualified students in the Graduate Certificate program who obtain a faculty advisor for either a project or thesis can petition to transfer to the MS STEM program as room becomes available.
- The Idaho State Department of Education approved the Computer Science Teacher Endorsement April 2015. Thus for students who already have a Masters or are seeking a quicker path to become endorsed to teach Computer Science, you may consider the Computer Science Teacher Endorsement graduate certificate. Please see this page on how to get the Computer Science endorsement.
- NOTE: A student pursuing the MACI STEM Ed+CS program may complete either a Thesis (ED-CIFS 593) or a Project (ED-CIFS 591) – refer to the graduate catalog or speak to your adviser for further details.
- The “Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with specialized pathway in STEM Education with Computer Science” is housed in the College of Education Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies (ED-CIFS) which is chaired by Dr. Phil Kelly. The graduate coordinator for the overall MS STEM Education program in the ED-CIFS department is Dr. Sara Hagenah.
Cohort 5 started Summer 2018. A sixth cohort is forming for summer 2019.
The application deadline for cohort 6 is April 8, 2019.
MS STEM Education - CS Emphasis
Course Title(Course Descriptions)
Computer Science Requirement:
|CS 501||AP Computer Science Principles||3|
|CS 503||Teaching and Learning Computer Science I||5|
|CS 505||Teaching and Learning Computer Science II||4|
|CS 518||Inclusive Strategies for Teaching Computer Science to Women and Minorities||2|
|Select two of the following:|
Introduction to Web Development
Mobile Application Development
|3 + 3|
|ED-CIFS 506||Issues in Education||3|
|ED-CIFS 536||Curriculum Planning and Implementation|
Students in the MS STEM with CS emphasis will received an "Academic Adjustment" for ED-CIFS 536 based on content of CS 503 and CS 505.
Contact the coordinator for the MS STEM Ed program for academic adjustment approval.
|Select one of the following:|
Learning and Cognition
|Culminating Activities: (Taken near the end of the program)|
|ED-CIFS 503||Fundamentals of Educational Research or approved equivalent||3|
For the MS STEM program, a student may choose either a project or thesis.
- For a project, the student will identify a faculty member who has time to guide them with a project. Faculty can be from the CS department or the ED-CIFS department. The choices from the CS department are Amit Jain, Tim Andersen, Jyh-haw Yeh or anyone from the ED-CIFS department (Sara Hagenah is the coordinator for the MS STEM program). The faculty will help you in coming up with a project. A project typically takes 1-2 semester to finish and write up.
- A thesis, must be mutually agreed upon by the candidate and the committee. The thesis topic selection should be related to instruction, curriculum, or some other aspect of an educational program.
- NOTE: The student is responsible for identifying a faculty member willing to assist them with their project or thesis.
Additional information about the MS in STEM Education can be found on the ED-CIFS site.
The following sample course plans are for illustrative purposes only. Please work with your academic adviser and review the course catalog to ensure the courses you want are being offered at the time frame to complete your degree.
Sample Course Plan: MS STEM Education - CS Emphasis
|Summer, 1st Year||CS 501||3|
|Fall, 1st Year||CS 503||5|
|Spring, 1st Year||CS 505||4|
|Summer, 2nd Year||CS Elective|
|Fall, 2nd Year||CS Elective|
|Spring, 2nd Year||ED-CIFS 537|
|Summer, 3rd Year||ED-CIFS 591 or|
|Fall, 3rd Year||ED-CIFS 591 or|
Sample Two-year Course Plan: MS STEM Education - CS Emphasis
|Summer, 1st Year||CS 501|
|Fall, 1st Year||CS 503|
|Spring, 1st Year||CS 505|
|Summer, 2nd Year||CS Elective|
|Fall, 2nd Year||CS Elective|
ED-CIFS 591 or
|Spring, 2nd Year||ED-CIFS 591 or|
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.