Interested in being a Secondary Computer Science Teacher?
If you have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, you may qualify to enter the MAT with a content specialization in Secondary Computer Science and you will not need to follow the steps below. However, please follow all previously described application submission steps.
If you have an undergraduate degree in any major other than Computer Science, you may also qualify to enter the MAT. You will need 30 credit hours of coursework in Computer Science which may qualify you to enter the MAT with a content specialization in Secondary Computer Science.
Your coursework needs to have been completed in the last five years. If not, you will need to demonstrate that you are engaged in continuous professional development, or working in the field of computer science.
You can do a preliminary transcript review yourself by following these steps:
- Use the chart below, based on National Standards, to determine what courses you have in each of the standard areas.
- Highlight the qualifying courses on your transcript and place the name of the course and the number of credits in the columns.
Then add up the total number of credits in the right column and read the note at the bottom of the page.
(Based upon the National Standards for
Secondary Computer Science)
Course Prefix Number and Name
(Ex. CPSC 450 Web Design)
Number of Credits
Knowledge of programming skills and use of data— testing programs, databases, program languages
Knowledge of components, operation, single/multi-user systems, hardware, software, usability
Understanding machine level data, structures, problem solving and information organization
Social aspects of computing in society, societal norms, laws, ethics, security, privacy
Planning computer instruction through teaching tasks, approaches, application and/or evaluation
You may also visit the website to review the National Standards for Secondary Computer Science Teacher.
If you have a total of 30 credits in the right column, you may qualify to enter the MAT with a content specialization in Secondary Computer Science. If you have less than 30 credits, you may or may not qualify for this specialization, and/or other preliminary ‘qualifying’ courses may be needed. Transcripts missing 3 credits will take special review by a Transcript Specialist.
If you think you may qualify for the Secondary Computer Science specialization, please continue with the application process. If you have a different content specialist interest area, please go back to the FAQ page and click on one of the other content area links.