Mobile CSP

AP Computer Science Principles
Endorsed by the College Board

Professional Development for High School Teachers

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See below for a description of our upcoming PDs, including locations and dates. 

 

If you are interested in Mobile CSP professional development, but not ready to register for a PD yet, please complete our PD Interest Form.

Goals

The Mobile CSP Professional Development (PD) program aims to prepare teachers to teach the College-Board endorsed Mobile CSP Advanced Placement (AP) course. The PD is designed to be accessible to teachers new to computer science (CS) as well as experienced CS teachers. The PD is focused on providing teachers with:

  • CS content knowledge required to confidently teach the Mobile CSP curriculum to high school students.
  • Pedagogical approaches and techniques to effectively support collaboration and equity in the classroom.
  • Curriculum materials include all lessons, videos, handouts, rubrics and assessments used in the classroom.
  • Lessons plans and other resources that map the curriculum to the College Board's CS Principles framework.
  • Mentoring from a master teacher and continued professional development and support throughout the school year.

PD Options and Mentoring

The Mobile CSP program offers two types of PD tailored to support individual teacher backgrounds in a flexible schedule and format. Participating teachers are organized into small 10-12 person cohorts that are mentored by a Mobile CSP Master Teacher during both the PD itself and the subsequent school year.

  • Immersion PD. This is a 50 hour professional development course (including out-of-class assignments) recommended for teachers who have significant background in CS, such as college courses in CS, experience teaching CS, or extended self-study of CS. For example, Exploring Computer Science and AP CS A teachers would typically have sufficient background for Immersion PD.
  • Extended PD. This is a 90-100 hour professional development that is equivalent to taking a college-level CS Principles course. This PD is recommended for teachers with no prior education or teaching experience in computer science. The PD is offered in a variety of formats including:
    • A 4-week intensive summer experience either online or in a geographically-based blended format (part online and part in person).
    • An extended experience (such as 12 weeks in an online or blended format) offered on a rolling basis during the entire calendar year.
    • A 3-credit graduate course through the College of St. Scholastica, learn more at css.edu/csedcert.
  • College Board Workshops and Summer Institutes.  The College Board offers AP CSP specific training (either one day or 30 hours) for teachers preparing to teach the AP CSP course. Teachers may decide to attend a College Board Workshop or Summer Institute training and/or attend a Mobile CSP PD. Attending both is encouraged, but not required. Learn more at https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/professional-development/workshops-summer-institutes.

Credentials Offered

Mobile CSP acknowledges the achievement of every teacher who completes the PD program by awarding one of the following:

  • A Certificate of Participation is given to all teachers who complete the professional development, indicating the number of PD hours.
  • Graduate Education Credits can also be earned through the College of St. Scholastica by earning a Certificate of Achievement and completing a student work analysis paper while teaching the course. (Cost: $150/credit. Available in either an Immersion (2 credit) or Extended (3 credit) basis, based on Carnegie Units of 120 hours for 3 credits.) For more information, see Mobile CSP Graduate Credits.

Fee Schedule and Scholarships

Apply now for a scholarship!PD fees are used to compensate the Mobile CSP Master Teachers and to cover the project's administrative expenses. The fees cover participation in the PD, mentoring throughout the school year, periodic webinars on topics of CS content and pedagogy, free access to all teaching and classroom resources, and access to the Mobile CSP teacher dashboard for the 2019-20 school year. Fees are due one month before the PD starts. Information about our refund and cancellation policy and procedures can be found here.

Good news! Mobile CSP has NSF-funded scholarships available. Learn more

  • Immersion Course: $1750 per teacher
  • Extended Course: $3000 per teacher

Partners, Locations & Dates

If you are interested in partnering with Mobile CSP to offer professional development in your location, please contact us at info@mobile-csp.org.

Upcoming Mobile CSP PDs
LocationPartnerFormatDates

Registration

ONLINENational Center for CS EducationOnline ImmersionOctober 7 - November 23, 2019Closed!
ONLINENational Center for CS EducationOnline ExtendedJanuary 20, 2020 - April 4, 2020Register Here
ONLINENational Center for CS EducationOnline ImmersionJune 22, 2020 - July 4, 2020Register Here
ONLINENational Center for CS EducationOnline ExtendedJune 22, 2020 - July 25, 2020Register Here
ConnecticutCapital Community CollegeOnline ExtendedTBD - Summer 2020CE program: CT Teachers only -email KBinkhorst@ccc.commnet.edu to apply
MinnesotaSouthwest Minnesota State UniversityOnline ExtendedTBD - Summer 2020CE program: MN Teachers only - email Dan.Kaiser@smsu.edu to apply
MontanaUniversity of MontanaIn-person ImmersionJune 15-19, 2020

MT teachers only - Stipends and travel support available - Register Here.

 

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