Teaching AP Computer Science A is a Professional Development course that prepares teachers to teach the AP Computer Science A course.

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How do I enroll?

Simply get in touch here.

There are no applications to fill out, no enrollment limits, no start or end date. The AP Computer Science A PD course is open to all at any time.

Are there prerequisites for taking this PD course?

There are no prerequisites for this course. The AP Computer Science A PD course assumes no prior experience coding or teaching computer science.

This professional development course is designed for passionate teachers who are interested in teaching computer science, but do not necessarily have a background in programming. No experience is required to take the professional development course.  Our professional development can also help computer science teachers who are looking to expand their course offerings to include higher-level or AP computer science courses.

The course can also be for people who are experienced programmers but have not taught in the classroom before. The focus on the pedagogy of teaching computer science and leveraging the blended classroom format makes the online professional development an extremely helpful experience for new teachers.

How long is the course?

Teachers can expect approximately 30-40 hours of online self paced learning.

How long will I have access to the course?

The course does not expire, teachers will have access to course content at all times. You can always come back and review the course during the school year.

Where is the PD located?

The course is entirely web based. Teachers can take this course anywhere anytime.

What kind of support will I have as I work through the online PD?

CodeHS has a PD Team of former teachers, as well as a network of computer science undergraduate tutors, ready to support you as you work through the PD course.

Teachers will have a dedicated member of the CodeHS PD Team providing one on one support, answering questions, and grading teacher submissions as teachers work through the course. This support continues into the school year.

Teachers will also have access to the CodeHS Teacher Forum as they work through the PD course as well as during the school year. The Teacher Forum is a great resource for learning from other CodeHS teachers, sharing best practices, and getting questions answered.

What's covered in the PD course?

Here is an overview of the course units:

  1. Welcome: This introductory module provides an overview of the AP CS in Java professional development course. You'll learn about the big ideas behind the course, key principles for teaching AP CS, access and equity in computer science, and goal planning and pacing.
  2. Teaching Programming in Java: Practice teaching the basics of programming with Java. This module reviews key concepts of Java and object-oriented programming and ways to teach them the classroom. You'll also practice grading and fixing student Java programs.
  3. Debugging in Java: Finding and fixing errors in programs is a fundamental skill for new and experienced programmers to develop. This module introduces debugging, the art and science of fixing broken programs. You'll learn techniques for finding common code errors and effective debugging strategies to share with students.
  4. Leading a Blended Coding Class: Learn to effectively lead a blended classroom that utilizes online and offline activities and tools. Practice classroom planning, customize your course, discover helpful resources, and incorporate best practices into your teaching.
  5. AP Exam and Beyond: This module explores the AP Computer Science A exam. You'll become acquainted with the length and format of the exam, exercise types, and common exam questions. Learn to help your students prepare for and master the AP exam.

For more information about the Teaching AP Computer Science A PD course, please visit the info page: https://codehs.com/info/pd/apjava

To sign up, please visit: codehs.com/learnmore

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