K-12 Computer Science Endorsement

Study computer science at UNI – the state’s leader in teacher preparation

There is a growing demand for computer science courses in schools across the U.S., and along with that, there’s a growing demand for teachers with computer science knowledge who can lead those courses.

The K-12 Computer Science endorsement at UNI was the first CS teacher preparation program in the state and is built on over a decade of work with in-service and pre-service teachers.

Our courses were carefully designed to align with the ISTE Standards for Teacher Preparation Programs and the CSTA Standards for K-12 Students.

While the majority of the instruction and work is completed online, each course includes a limited number of face-to-face sessions to facilitate this interaction. These sessions are a combination of synchronous online meetings and when applicable, actual face-to-face meetups at an AEA near you.

Note: this certificate is designed specifically for educators. These courses and this certificate are not intended for computer science majors.

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The University of Northern Iowa is home to a nationally-recognized teacher preparation program, known for its excellence.


in Iowa

The UNI Department of Computer Science was the first in the state to offer a computer science endorsement for teachers.

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Job Growth

The demand for computer science professionals is expected to grow much faster than average between 2020 and 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Find out More about K-12 Computer Science

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Contact us directly at:

Department of Computer Science
305 ITTC (the old East Gym)
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Phone: (319) 273-2618
Email: dept@cs.uni.edu

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Enroll Today

We are currently collecting contact information from teachers/school districts interested in participating in the third cohort of teachers beginning Summer 2021. To register interest please use this web form.