HER Academy’s teaching certification focuses on training and credentialing K-8 teachers to develop and deliver developmentally appropriate project-based learning in computer science. No previous computer science experience is required. You are also welcome to take our PD offerings on an as-needed basis.
Effectively empowering younger learners requires a different set of skills and approaches than teaching older learners. Learning standards for lower grades share much of the same language as those for high school, creating a barrier for teachers who would like to incorporate computer science into their teaching but may believe it’s more complicated than it actually is.
Becoming HER Certified to Teach K-8 CS requires you to complete 20 contact hours, twelve of which are synchronous.
Teachers who complete basic certification and one-year of on-the-job training with HER Academy qualify for HER Advanced Certification to Teach K-8 CS (30 additional contact hours).
Through completing prework and attending a minimum of eight 90-minute virtual sessions, teachers will gain experience in four domains: computer science concepts and language, project design, technology infrastructure and applications, and an elective of their choice.
Certification may be completed online nationally or in-person in Columbus, Ohio.
Sessions meet Thursday evenings from 5pm to 7:30pm EST and Saturday mornings from 9am to 10:30am. All required classes will be offered in both time slots throughout one school year.
To maintain your HER certification, just complete one 90-minute professional development session each year to ensure that you are keeping up with the latest knowledge and teaching strategies.
ELECTIVES (choose 2)
*All teachers must take at least one CS language as an elective.