The ARIZONA Department of Education

Computer Science Micro-Credential Pathway for Endorsement 

ADE has partnered with BloomBoard, the national leader in micro-credential based career pathways, to provide a new and unique opportunity for educators to obtain a state-approved PreK-8 endorsement in computer science (CS). This one-of-a-kind micro-endorsement engages educators in an authentic, learning-by-doing experience in a much-needed discipline. Join this information session to learn more about how you can obtain your PreK-8 Computer Science Endorsement, as well as how you can earn graduate credit towards a Master’s Degree!

Program Overview

Computer Science in PreK-8 has multiple points of overlap with traditional K-12 disciplines. Because of this, educators will have the opportunity to support student learning by infusing CS concepts into core content areas (math, science, ELA, social studies) using research-informed principles of practice.

Participants will:

  • Explore foundational CS concepts through a job-embedded learning cycle;
  • Become fluent in the AZ CS Standards, Essential Concepts, and Student Practices (derived from the Computer Science Teaching Association standards);
  • Utilize content-agnostic pedagogical practices to build a foundation of CS skills and knowledge that will serve students as they progress to a more technical CS curriculum in high school;
  • Support the development of an inclusive computing culture that encourages increased engagement of women and people of color interested in computer science.

For more information on state certification, click here.

Required Micro-credentials

Recognizing and Defining Computational Problems

Beginner Programming Using CS Tools and Technologies

Creating Computational Artifacts

Fostering Computational Thinking in Content Areas

Analyzing the Impacts of Computing

Developing an Inclusive Computing Culture

Collecting, Visualizing, and Modeling with Data

Developing Digital Citizens

Teaching Computing Systems: Networks and the Internet

One-on-One Session with Coach

All participants have the ability to schedule a one-on-one session with the BloomBoard coach at any time. These can be helpful for participants at any point in their micro-credential journey as it provides the chance to speak with the coach about individual questions or to receive feedback or support on their artifacts or process in any of the micro-credentials.