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 PK-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.

Program Overview

Computer Science in PK-8 has multiple points of overlap with traditional K12 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

BloomBoard Learning Communities (PLCs)

These sessions, which have been occurring from 4:30-5:30 PM every Tuesday during this program, will continue to support participants by deeply engaging in the most currently released micro-credential. The following BLC sessions will take place for the remainder of the school year.

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Tuesday, 3/30 – MC 4: Recognizing and Defining Computational Problems – BLC 2 (artifact deep dive and content support)

Tuesday, 4/6 – MC 4: Recognizing and Defining Computational Problems – Open Forum

Tuesday, 4/13 – MC 4: Recognizing and Defining Computational Problems – Open Forum

Tuesday, 4/20 – No meeting – independent work time

Tuesday, 4/27 – Review MC 1 – MC 4 artifacts, determine what with plans to gather

Tuesday, 5/4 – MC 5: Collecting, Visualizing, and Modeling with Data – BLC 1

Tuesday, 5/11 – MC 5: Collecting, Visualizing, and Modeling with Data- BLC 2 (artifact deep dive and content support)

Tuesday, 5/18 – MC 5: Collecting, Visualizing, and Modeling with Data- Open Forum

Tuesday, 5/25 – MC 5: Collecting, Visualizing, and Modeling with Data – Open Forum

Tuesday, 6/1 – Office Hours like time for all MCs

Tuesday, 6/8 – Office Hours like time for all MCs

Note – MC 6: Teaching Computing Systems: Networks and the Internet will be released before summer and as soon as it is we will share it in a PLC.

Micro-Credential Deep Dive Workshops

These sessions are specific to the micro-credentials listed for them and will provide a 2 hour time from 4:30-6:30 PM  to dig deeply into the competency through an MC overview and artifact review, followed by a large section of time to work on the artifacts while a coach is present to answer any questions.  The goal is to submit after the second session for each MC. 

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Thursday, 4/15 – MC 1: Developing an Inclusive Computing Culture overview and begin artifact work 

Thursday, 4/29 – MC 1: Developing an Inclusive Computing Culture continued artifact work and submission support 

Thursday, 5/13- MC 2: Developing Digital Citizens overview and begin artifact work 

Thursday, 5/27- MC 2: Developing Digital Citizens continued artifact work and submission support 

Office Hours with Coach

During this hour participants can pop in at any time from 4:30-5:30 PM to speak with the coach about individual questions or to receive feedback or support on their artifacts or process in any of the six MCs. No appointment is necessary, join us at any time during the hour to get your questions answered.

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Every Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 PM