About this Specialization
Applied Learning Project
In this specialization you will engage in projects to develop resources for your classroom to supplement the CS Awesome online interactive textbook as well as evaluate other curricula which might be useful for you. Additionally, you will develop resources, assessments, and instructional plans and materials you can use in YOUR classrooms.
No prior experience required.
No prior experience required.
University of California San Diego
UC San Diego is an academic powerhouse and economic engine, recognized as one of the top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Innovation is central to who we are and what we do. Here, students learn that knowledge isn't just acquired in the classroom—life is their laboratory.
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Is financial aid available?
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Can I take the course for free?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
The specialization can be completed completely at your own pace -- many teachers choose to work through the course just ahead of their students. However, the specialization is broken into 5 courses of 20 hours each, covering all 10 Units of APCS A (2019-2020 version).
What background knowledge is necessary?
There is not required background knowledge for this course, but those with experience teaching block-based programming will find extra supports. If you are a teacher completely new to programming, check out our Computational Thinking & Block Programming in K-12 Education Specialization.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
Each course in the Specialization introduces specific programming concepts which do build upon each other. If you have no prior programming experience it is suggested you take the courses in the indicated order. However, those with prior programming experience should not be overly challenged in doing courses in any order.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
Yes, you can earn credit from the University of California San Diego for completing this Specialization. To do you will need to enroll in an additional UCSD Extension course (this can be done at any time, but it is often easier to do when beginning). This Specialization will earn 4-graduate quarter units from UCSD. These are eligible to count towards the California Supplementary Authorization.
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