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Foundations of CS for Teachers: TExES Prep

Learn key computer science topics to improve instruction and prepare for the TExES Computer Science teacher certification test.

About this Course

Thinking about teaching Computer Science, or incorporating CS into a subject you already teach? CS skills are fundamental to student success and you can learn to teach CS!

This course is intended for prospective K-12 Computer Science teachers to review key topics in Computer Science required by the certification test.

The course provides extensive detailed instruction, examples, and practice on everything from introductory programming topics such as variables, functions, loops and logical expressions to more advanced topics such as data structures, recursion, and object-oriented programming.

States around the country have adopted the Praxis Computer Science Test as a component of their certification/licensure and this course covers all of the topics in that test and more. In the state of Texas this test is called TExES 241 Grades 8-12 Computer Science Certification exam. Hundreds of teachers from around the country have already taken the course and many have gone on to achieve state certification. WeTeach_CS would like to recognize 100kin10, TEA, and AT&T for contributing financial support for course development.

Whether or not you plan to take a certification exam, this course will strengthen your understanding of key CS concepts and constructs and increase your confidence in teaching CS.

In addition to access to all course material, participants who choose to upgrade their enrollment will also receive:

  • Access to graded weekly quizzes, to track your progress.
  • Access to over 700 practice question addressing every subject area covered on the Praxis/TExES 241 Certification Exam.
  • Access to the comprehensive final, which mimics the actual 100 question CS 8-12 certification exam.
  • The opportunity to earn 40 CPE credit hours from The University of Texas at Austin, upon successfully completing the course. (Please note: You must score >80% to earn credit)


Registration End
Aug. 31, 2020, 6 p.m.

Course Duration

7.0 weeks

Time Required

6 hours
per week

CPE hours available

40.00 CPE
hours available

Part of Certificate Program

Cert Program

Registration Ends: Aug. 31, 2020, 6 p.m.

Duration: 7.0 weeks

Time Required: 6 hours per week

CPEs: 40.00 CPE hours available

Certificate Program:

What You'll Learn

Week 1: Software Design and Programming basics
Week 2: Programming Fundamentals
Week 3: Loops and Recursion
Week 4: Data Structures
Week 5: More OOP, Algorithms and Big O (Oh my!)
Week 6: Technology Applications
Week 7: Special Topics: Discrete Math
Week 7: Special Topics: Digital Forensics
Week 7: Special Topics: Game and Mobile Application Development
Week 7: Final Quiz
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