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Computational Thinking

4 Credits
This course is the second in a series of Computer Science Authorization courses that enable teachers to be credentialed to teach Computer Science and is designed to fulfill requirements for the California Computer Science Supplemental Authorization.

NOTE: The 4 unit CSED 901 course is equivalent to the 3 unit CSED 712 course that meets the Computer Science Supplemental Authorization requirements for the State of California. Notify the CE office if you wish to use this course to fulfill requirements for the California Computer Science Supplemental Authorization and we will register you for the CSED 712 course number.

Computational thinking is a skill set for solving problems efficiently. Through a series of computing processes-decomposing, pattern recognition, abstraction, and algorithmic thinking-students who think computationally engage their questions and curiosities methodically.

This fully online course prepares K-12 educators to foster computational thinking through any discipline. Participants will develop practices to support students as they apply computational thinking to problems both inside and outside the classroom. Block based coding will also be explored for use in the classroom. Drawing on the CSTA Computer Science Standards, ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators, Next Generation Science Standards, and Common Core State Standards, this course will equip educators to cultivate the next generation of creative, clever, and persistent problem solvers.

This course is applicable towards the Computer Science Authorization and Licensure.

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Candi Reimer

As a beginning mathematics teacher at an urban high school, I quickly realized that drawing on student interests and experiences was essential to engaged learning. This insight has guided my work in education as a K-12 instructional coach, a developer of mathematics curriculum, and an instructor of professional development. My courses aim to create space for teachers to gather around relevant ideas and practical experiences as they deepen their knowledge and professional practice. Course topics reflect the concerns and curiosities of practicing teachers, equipping them to directly apply learning to classroom teaching. I value the diverse perspectives that Fresno Pacific University students bring to the learning community, and I hope that participants in my courses will be as inspired as I have been by the ideas and dialogue generated here.