UNI Partnership for CS Teacher Preparation

The University of Northern Iowa Partnership for CS Teacher Preparation currently consists of the University of Northern Iowa CS Education program, Central Rivers AEA, and twenty-seven partner school districts across Iowa. Map of our current partners.

Now accepting applications for the 2019-2021 cohort of districts.

Originally founded in 2017 as a National Science Foundation Research Practitioner Partnership (RPP) the partnership is the recent recipient of a two-year CSForAll grant.  The goal of the partnership is to provide teachers with high-quality professional development in computer science while gathering evaluation data from the teachers and, eventually, their students.

The partnership is currently expanding to a second cohort of districts/teachers.  This cohort will begin classwork starting summer of 2019 and will meet in the Des Moines area for the face-to-face components of the course.

Through the partnership the University of Northern Iowa CS Education program will provide instruction for five, three-credit, courses :

  • Foundational Concepts of Computer Science (Summer 2019)
  • Fundamentals of Programming (2019-2020 Academic Year)
  • Teaching and Learning of Programming (Summer 2020)
  • Algorithms and Data Structures (2020-2021 Academic Year)
  • Methods of Teaching Computer Science (Summer 2021)

All five courses will be a taught using a hybrid of online instruction/activities with periodic face-to-face meetings held in the greater Des Moines area.  In addition to being appropriate for license renewal, completion of all five courses will make participants eligible for the CS teaching endorsement created by the Iowa BOEE in April 2018.  The cost is currently set at $1565 per course.  However, we continue to pursue additional funding for our program that would allow us to reduce this cost.  Furthermore, school districts are eligible to apply to the state’s CS PD Incentive Fund for additional support.

School districts accepted in to the partnership will:

  • Identify at least one teacher per high school to participate in the program
  • Send at least one administrator and one school counselor to a one-day workshop fall of 2019.
  • Offer an “appropriate” CS course no later than the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Facilitate the administration of research instruments (surveys, benchmark exams, etc.) to students in the CS class(es) offered by the district.
  • Share student population demographics and aggregate academic information (by gender, race, socio-economic status, etc.) at both a school and course level.

To apply to be part of the 2019-2021 cohort of districts please complete this application form.

For additional information please contact Dr. Ben Schafer at schafer@cs.uni.edu or 319-273-2187.