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UNI announces computer science education program for in-service teachers


A $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to the University of Northern Iowa will be used to create a program that will help Iowa teachers receive their secondary computer science education endorsement, qualifying them to teach computer science in grades five through 12. The Computer Science Education program at UNI (CSEd@UNI) is providing a pathway for Iowa schools to meet the state requirement to offer at least one computer science course, according to a news release. The requirement took effect in Iowa high schools in July and will take effect for elementary and middle schools on July 1, 2023. UNI started a smaller version of the program in 2018 using a $300,000 NSF grant, the release said. The new 18-month program will comprise online lectures and coursework and monthly in-person meetings facilitated by the Central Rivers, Grant Wood and Northwest Area Education Agencies. The first cohort, which starts June 2023, will take up to 90 teachers, and capacity will nearly double for the second cohort in 2024. Applications are now open for the first cohort.

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