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Online Graduate Certificate in
Computer Science Education

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Why Earn a Graduate Certificate in Computer Science Education?

Etown's Graduate Certificate in Computer Science Education is tailored to equip in-service teachers with the necessary skills and knowledge for passing the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Computer Science Praxis exam. This program, officially endorsed by the PDE, is an essential step towards obtaining the PDE Computer Science 7-12 Instructional Certificate. It meets the increasing demand for qualified computer science educators, reflecting the significant growth in job opportunities within this field at both the state and national levels.

In addition, this certificate can be completed in as little as one year and all credits can be stacked into Etown's M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.

Program Outcomes:

  • Analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  • Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
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Program Format


credits required

to graduate

Can be Completed in

As Little As

1 Year

Etown SGPS Ranked in the top


For Best Online

Colleges in Pennsylvania

by Forbes for 2023

Upgrade Your Computer Science Classroom

Etown's Graduate Certificate in Computer Science Education offers a unique opportunity for teachers to enhance their classroom capabilities. By focusing on the latest computing principles and software development fundamentals, educators can develop cutting-edge teaching methods that align with current industry standards. This educational upgrade not only prepares them to successfully pass the Computer Science Praxis test but also equips them to deliver a more advanced and relevant computer science curriculum to their students. As the demand for tech-savvy educators grows, this program ensures that teachers are well-prepared to foster a new generation of computer literate and proficient students, aligning classroom learning with the fast-paced evolution of the tech industry.

Also setting this program apart is the fact the credits earned can be stacked into Etown's M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.

Understand Tuition Costs and Explore Scholarship Opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Computer Science Education is priced at $525 per credit. Scholarships and financial aid are available to make your Etown SGPS education even more affordable. Below are just a few of the scholarships and programs available to students:

  • Alumni Scholarship: 15% tuition discount, available to Elizabethtown College alumni.
  • Affinity Partner Scholarship: 15% discount, offered to employees of organizations partnered with Etown SGPS.
  • Jay Fellowship Referral Program: This is a referral program that benefits both current students/alumni and prospective students. When a student or alum refers a new student, both the referrer and the referred student receive a complimentary credit for their program of interest.

Tuition and fees are reviewed and subject to change annually.

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Online Graduate Certificate in Computer Science Education

The Graduate Certificate in Computer Science Education from Elizabethtown College requires 12-credit hours of academic work. Qualified students may apply the eligible courses in the graduate certificate program toward the MCI program should they choose to apply for the master's degree.

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Application Requirements & Process

To be eligible to apply to any of our graduate certificate programs you will need to:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher (waivers can be granted based on professional work experience and other factors).
  • Have a minimum of three years of professional leadership/management experience.
  • Have time to devote to your coursework; in an accelerated program, time spent outside of class is considerable.

  •  Contact or meet with our admissions staff for guidance and to find out more information.
  •  Complete the graduate application via the online portal which includes the submission of a $25 nonrefundable application fee, which is waived for Elizabethtown College graduates.
    • You will need to request official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions you have attended and upload your current resume.
    • Additionally, prepare a 1-2 page essay addressing your motivation for pursuing the graduate certificate, a statement of professional goals, and goals for the application of the graduate certificate to your professional life.
  •  After submitting your application, the SGPS Team will review it and make an admissions decision.
  •  If accepted, you will receive an initial offer letter via the applicant portal, which you must accept to proceed with matriculation.
  •  If there are any questions or concerns, the admissions team will contact you for further discussion.
  •  After successfully completing your Elizabethtown College graduate certificate, students may complete the Advance in Graduate Certificate or Degree form in the JayWeb student portal to apply to a future graduate certificate or graduate degree. Additional materials may be required, depending on the program of interest.

Etown seniors, alumni, and employees may be able to take advantage of our two-step, fast-tracked application process.

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