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States Are Calling for More Computer Science Classes. Now They Need Teachers


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A computer science teacher in action.

As of 2019-20, computer science was the least popular certification subject for new teachers, according to the latest data from federal teacher improvement grants.

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Code.org reported that every state had a law or policy in place promoting K-12 computer science education by 2022.

During that year, it said 53% of high schools offered basic computer science courses.

However, concerns are on the rise about who will teach these courses, given school staffing issues nationwide and differing state certification requirements for computer science education.

In 2020, 42 states allowed teachers to add computer science to an existing license, 19 required completion of an independent certification program, and 24 had alternative certification pathways.

A study led by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's Paul Bruno found most computer science teachers in North Carolina, for instance, are business or math teachers, with only 1% having specific computer science certification. Said Bruno, "We need to think more strategically about the teacher supply."

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