At the July 18, 2018 workshop, the Commission on Professional Standards unanimously approved the regulatory language for R009-17 from LCB, the endorsements related to computer science education as shown below. They were also approved at the August 30, 2018 State Board meeting. The updated endorsements will now proceed to the Legislative Commission for final approval. More information to come as this process unfolds.
NOTE: These changes to the computer science endorsements apply to teachers who are getting them for the FIRST time. If you currently hold computer science or computer literacy endorsements from the past, you DO NOT need to get re-licensed. You should, however, get professional development in the areas that you need to comply with the upcoming endorsement and course changes.
A. WHAT ARE THE NEW ENDORSEMENTS FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE AND COMPUTATIONAL THINKING?
These are endorsements to teach computer science, computational thinking, and integrated technology that may be added to an existing teaching license.
For specific questions regarding licensing, please visit the NDE Licensure Page here. These NDE licensing pages outline all endorsements available and link them directly back to the NAC for each one. NOTE as stated above and again below, these computer science endorsement changes will take effect around June once the session is over and the commission meets again. They have already been approved by the Commission on Professional Standards and the State Board.
We understand that some folks are in the process of receiving the former endorsements and some are working towards these new endorsements. We will work with each specific case to make sure your efforts are not invalid in either situation.
1. NAC 391.192: To be repealed (no longer valid)
2. NAC 391.202: To be updated as follows -
Endorsement to teach computer technology-based applications and computational thinking. (NRS 391.019)
To receive an endorsement to teach computer technology-based applications and computational thinking that includes issues relating to information technology, tools for productivity, communication and research, and computational thinking, a person must have a valid secondary license, or a valid license to teach middle school or junior high school education, and must have completed nine semester hours of coursework consisting of:
1. Three semester hours of coursework in a course of study that covers methods for teaching computer science;
2. Three semester hours of coursework in a course of study that covers concepts in computer science; and
3. Three semester hours of coursework in a course of study that covers methods for teaching computer applications which include, without limitation: (a) word processing and the use of spreadsheets; (b) communication and collaboration tools; (c) internet research tools; (d) internet safety; and (e) proper keyboarding techniques.
3. NAC 391.196: To be updated as follows -
Endorsement to teach advanced computer science. (NRS 385.080, 391.019)
To receive an endorsement to teach advanced computer science, a person must have a valid secondary license, and must:
1. Successfully complete twelve semester hours of coursework, consisting of:
(a) Three semester hours of coursework in a course of study that covers methods for teaching computer science;
(b) Three semester hours of coursework in a course of study that covers concepts in computer science; and
(c) Six semester hours of coursework in a course of study that covers instruction concerning programming in computer languages;
2. Submit to the Department official documentation which indicates that the person passed, at the level of competency specified by the Commission, the "Praxis Computer Science Test" prepared and administered by the Educational Testing Service.
NOTE: These regulations have not completed the ratification process to be placed into statute, as of yet. They will go before the commission as soon as the legislative session is over in June, 2019. They have already been approved by the Commission on Professional Standards and the Nevada State Board of Education.
B. WHAT CAN I TEACH WITH THESE ENDORSEMENTS?
If you are an administrator or teacher who is wondering which endorsements are needed to teach what courses in the future, here is a guide that will help you understand the options: Computer Science Endorsements FAQ
C. WHAT COURSEWORK IS AVAILABLE TO EARN THESE ENDORSEMENTS AND WHERE CAN I GET THEM?
For initial endorsement acquisition: there are numerous course offerings available throughout the state, both in person and online, that meet the requirements of these new endorsements. New approved courses are becoming available all the time, so check back often. The up-to-date list can be found here. This should answer what coursework aligns to what endorsement.
Questions regarding SPECIFIC courses may be directed in the following manner:
Questions regarding endorsement waivers, deferrments, or specific licensing cases, MUST be directed to the Department of Education's Office of Teacher Licensing.