Overview: The Computer Science, Grades 6-12 Endorsement authorizes the holder to teach Computer Science in grades 6-12. This endorsement will automatically renew with the certificate on which it is attached. Requirements may be subject to change and are fully referenced in the Arizona Revised Statutes and Administrative Code: R7-2-607; R7-2-615 (A)(B)(C)(T); R7-2-621.
Out-of-State Certificate Holders: If you hold a valid, comparable out-of-state educator certificate/license that is in good standing, follow this link for information and steps to apply under reciprocity.
A formal review is required to verify that all requirements have been met. Please visit the "How to Submit Official Documents" below for the proper submission of the required documents. Failure to submit documents as described could cause a delay in the processing of the application.
Prerequisite Certificate: A valid Arizona Standard Professional Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Secondary, Special Education, or PreK-12 Teaching Certificate.
Application & Fee: A completed Application for Certification.
Fee: The fee for this endorsement is $60. Per Board-rule, certification fees are non-refundable.
Prerequisite Certificate: A valid Arizona Standard Professional Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Secondary, Special Education, or PreK-12 Teaching certificate.
Computer Science Coursework and/or Trainings:
Three semester hours in foundations for teaching computer science which addresses the following topics:
Introduction to computer science;
Inclusive recruitment, retention, and pedagogical strategies for computer science education;
Instructional planning based on the Arizona state standards for computer science, or comparable computer science.
Nine semester hours in computer science to include the following:
Three semester hours in teaching and learning programming for educators; and
Six semester hours in computer science electives which may include, but are not limited to, physical computing or mobile computing.
District/Charter School Training Option: Completion of a training program through an Arizona public local education agency (district or charter school) or an accredited college or university may substitute for the required semester hours of coursework. Fifteen clock hours of training, or the equivalent competency-based credential, is equivalent to one semester hour of college coursework. Completion of training programs must be verified by a public school superintendent or personnel director, or by the appropriate administrator of an accredited college or university.
Documents Requiring Submission by the Verifying Authority
Official Transcripts: Transcripts that are uploaded through the educator portal or emailed by the applicant are not official and will not be accepted. Official transcripts and foreign credential evaluations must be submitted as follows:
Electronic official transcripts must be submitted directly by the college or university to [email protected].
Paper official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope and mailed by the college or university to the Arizona Department of Education - Certification Unit; PO Box 6490, Phoenix, AZ 85005-6490.
Foreign credential evaluations must be sent directly by the approved foreign credential evaluation agency to [email protected] or mailed to the Arizona Department of Education - Certification Unit.
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