Computer Science Certification Pathway

Do you need to get certified to teach computer science?

Increasing access to K-12 computer science for South Dakota students means providing professional learning and support to K-12 teachers as they become certified to teach computer science.

The following Computer Science Certification pathway will provide teachers with professional learning and financial support as they achieve their certification.

Thanks to our partnership with, Technology and Innovation in Education is able to offer teachers who are teaching computer science the opportunity to receive a $1,000 award for participating in our Computer Science certification program and passing the Praxis 2 (5652) Computer Science exam.

Apply for the Certification Pathway

You must apply for and be accepted into the pathway to earn the award.

You are responsible for verifying if you can add the certification through passing the praxis exam. Here are the SD DOE requirements for Secondary Computer Science and Elementary Computer Science endorsement.

Computer Science Certification Pathway

Summer 2022

July 18-22, 2022

Attend Computer Science Discoveries (6-8) or Computer Science Principles (9-12)  summer professional development

This is a virtual five-day summer workshop, which will fully prepare teachers to utilize curricula and teacher support systems. The week will be a mix of synchronous online virtual workshops + on-your-own-time activities and readings.

Opportunity to earn 2 graduate credits ($80).

All teachers are welcome to sign-up for the summer workshop. You do not need to participate in the pathway.

School Year 2022-2023


Attend and participate in the nine 1 ½-hour virtual evening sessions during the school year when teachers will reconvene for ongoing training and just-in-time support. (counts as 4 days)

Opportunity to earn 1 graduate credit ($40).

Teach computer science for at least 1 semester and plan to teach computer science the upcoming year.

Summer 2022

July 25-29, 2022


Attend the Praxis 2 (5652) Computer Science preparation training the week of July 25-29, 2022. This opportunity is designed for anyone who needs to get certified in computer science by taking the Praxis 2 (5652) Computer Science exam.

Pass the Praxis 2 (5652) Computer Science exam.

Opportunity to earn 1 graduate credit ($40).

All teachers who need assistance with the Praxis 2 (5652) Computer Science exam are welcome to sign-up. Only teachers accepted into the pathway will be eligible for the $1,000 stipend.

Completion of the Pathway

Certification Award

$1,000 stipend for successful completion of all required elements in the pathway.

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