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Certificate of Graduate Study

Computing Education


Program of Study

Core Courses

Learning and Teaching Computer Science Principles

Strengthen your  K-12 computer science classroom teaching strategies and master the AP  Computer Science Principles curriculum to  help your high school students achieve their desired scores on  advanced placement exams. Course material covers the seven core concepts of computer science  and the six computational thinking practices.

Educational Computing in the Math/Science Class

Get up to date on best practices for using  technology to teach mathematics and science in K-12 classrooms. This course covers helpful ways to integrate computers and calculators into your lesson plans and provides you with the opportunity to complete an individual applied learning project. 

Teaching Computing in the Secondary School

This course further prepares you to teach the AP Computer Science Principles course and other computing and information technology courses that meet the needs of high school students interested in advancing their programming skills. Coursework includes material on standards and assessment.


Two Electives

Choose two courses in your area(s) of interest.

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

Courses for this certificate are offered entirely online. Certificate credits can be applied to the MS in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology at UAlbany.

Optional Concentrations

If both of your electives are in one of the areas of study below, you'll earn a concentration in that area. Otherwise, you can choose electives from different areas without earning a concentration.

Earning a concentration prepares you to compete for certain teaching and leadership positions in growing departments of computer science and information technology in public, charter, and private K-12 schools.

Electives in Computer Games

  • Introduction to Games for Learning: Theory and Practice
  • Introduction to Game Design for Educators

Electives in Computing

  • Educational Computing
  • Special Topics in Informatics/Computer Science

Electives in Instructional Technology

  • Instructional Design for Technology
  • K-12 Online Teaching and Learning

For more information, contact Lijun Ni at [email protected].

"The certificate in computing education program provides a firm foundation in pedagogy and relevant content for educators who want to teach youth about the rapidly changing world of information technology and computing."

- Dr. Peter Shea, Professor, School of Education

Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: Rolling
  • Spring: Rolling
  • Summer: Rolling

There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Goals

Completed applications that meet all admission criteria are typically reviewed within two weeks of receipt.

Please note, this program is not eligible for federal financial aid.

Careers and Advisement

The Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is the central office on campus serving undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students interested in pursuing careers in education and programs leading to teacher certification.

Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

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