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Computer Science Endorsement Preparation - Non-Degree

The Computer Science Endorsement Preparation program is designed for educators seeking to incorporate computer science into their curriculum, this program provides the tools and knowledge necessary to teach computer science concepts to K-12 students. With a focus on both theory and practical application, this program will prepare you to inspire and educate the next generation of computer scientists. Read more...

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Master's Degree with Computer Science Endorsement

The master’s degree in Educational Technology with the Computer Science Endorsement is earned by pursuing the master’s degree with the Computer Science Concentration and gaining the appropriate experience in the Practicum. Be sure to discuss the program with your advisor and fill out the program of study to include the right courses.

Computer Science Endorsement-Only Program

If you already have both teaching certification and a master’s degree in education or another appropriate field (discuss this with the program coordinator), you can add the Computer Science Endorsement by taking a smaller number of courses (21 credit hours), including a practicum and portfolio. Apply as a non-degree student and contact the program coordinator if you have any questions.

Adding the Endorsement to Your Teaching License

In order to add the Computer Science Endorsement to your Resident Educator or Professional Ohio teaching license, you must complete the Computer Science Endorsement coursework and pass the Ohio Assessment Exam (OAE).

Upon successful completion of the endorsement coursework and OAE exam, students must complete the online Licensure Pre-Application found in the student portal. For instructions on how to navigate the Licensure Pre-Application process, please visit the Vacca Office of Student Services webpage How to Apply for an Educator License. Pay special attention to the section on Add(ing) an Endorsement or Teaching Field to an existing license? You will need to upload a signed Plan of Study during this process unless you have already submitted one to the Office of Graduate Student Services (418 White Hall). Once you have successfully completed and submitted your Licensure Pre-Application, the online system will connect you directly with the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce's online licensure system where you will complete the process and make payment.

Funding Opportunities

Currently licensed Ohio teachers can apply for reimbursement of the Computer Science Endorsement coursework. The financial support is available through the 21st Century Computer Science Workplace program funded by the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce.

Apply for 21st Century Computer Science Workplace Program

Program Information

Program Description

Full Description

The Computer Science Endorsement Preparation non-degree program is intended for teachers who want to become computer science educators or assume various technology coordinator positions in a school or at the school district level.

This endorsement must be added to an existing teaching license and cannot be obtained independently as a separate licensure. Students who hold a master’s degree in education or another appropriate field may be able to earn the endorsement with this non-degree program. Students without a master's degree may work toward both a master’s degree and the endorsement by applying to the M.Ed. degree in Educational Technology, Computer Science Endorsement Preparation concentration.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.


For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.

Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree in education or another appropriate field from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2.750 GPA on a 4.000-point scale (last degree)
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Evidence of valid four-year Resident Educator or five-year Professional State of Ohio teaching license (no longer required starting with spring 2025 admission term)
  • Effective with spring 2025 admission term: Evidence of valid Resident Educator or Professional State of Ohio teaching license
  • Goal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic and professional references

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Rolling admissions
  • Spring Semester
    • Rolling admissions
  • Summer Term
    • Rolling admissions
Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Completers of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of computer science content and model important principles and concepts:
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of and proficiency in data representation and abstraction;
    2. Effectively design, develop and test algorithms;
    3. Demonstrate knowledge of digital devices, systems and networks; and
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of the role computer science plays and its impact in the modern world.
  2. Plan and teach computer science lessons/units using effective and engaging practices and methodologies.
  3. Design environments that promote effective teaching and learning in computer science classrooms and online learning environments and promote digital citizenship.
  4. Create and maintain safe, ethical, supportive, fair and effective learning environments for all students.
  5. Participate in, promote and model ongoing professional development and lifelong learning relative to computer science and computer science education.

Program Requirements

Endorsement Requirements

Licensure Requirements
Minimum Total Credit Hours:21

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
- 3.000

Licensure Information

Prior to program completion, the candidate must demonstrate proficiencies in the following areas (including but not limited to): data literacy and analysis; use of research and assessment data; leadership and collaboration; utilizing and supporting appropriate technology for the discipline; and application of professional dispositions, laws and policies, codes of ethics and professional standards appropriate to their field of specialization.

Candidates seeking Ohio teaching licensure are required to pass specific requirements in order to apply for licensure from the Ohio Department of Education. Students must pass the Ohio Assessment Exam to obtain this licensure. Students should consult the Educational Technology program area for specific program requirements and refer to the Ohio Department of Education - Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type.

Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • Mostly online
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus

The Computer Science Endorsement Preparation non-degree program has received national accreditation from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the professional organization that reviews licensure programs for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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Notice: Career Information Source
* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.

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