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CSPG 71 - Computer Science 7-12

Modified: December 1, 2020

Grade Level Scope of Certificate:

A person holding a valid Pennsylvania Computer Science 7-12 certificate is qualified to teach computer science courses in grades 7 through 12. A person holding this certificate is also qualified for assignment in the sixth (6th) grade. (See CSPG #104)

Certification Assignment:

An educator holding a valid Pennsylvania certificate for Computer Science is qualified to teach courses based on the Computer Science Teachers' Association (CSTA) K-12 standards and concepts including: algorithms and programming, computing systems, data and analysis, impacts of computing, networks and the internet. Additional related sub-concepts include, but are not limited to cybersecurity, devices, hardware and software models, inference, modularity, network communications, safety, law and ethics, social interaction and storage.

Certificate Clarification:

  • Educators holding any of the Pennsylvania public school certificates listed below and currently employed to teach computer science in a Commonwealth LEA may continue to do so in the grade level limitations consistent with their certificate.
    • Science 7-12 Certificates
    • Mathematics 7-12 Certificate
    • Middle Level Math and Science Certificates 6-9
    • Grades 4-8 certificates with Math and/or Science concentrations (applies to teachers of 7th and 8th grades)
    • Business Computer Information Technology PK-12
    • Technology Education PK-12
  • Anyone employed to teach computer science in grades 7-12 for the first time in a Commonwealth LEA after December 31, 2022 or who holds one of the certificates listed above and accepts employment to teach computer science in grades 7-12 in a new Commonwealth LEA after December 31, 2022 must hold the PDE-issued computer science certificate.
  • Educators who hold the following certificates with training can teach computer science consistent with the grade limitations of their certificate at the PK-6 grade level.
    • Elementary K-6 with recommended training
    • Grades PK-4 with recommended training
    • Grades 4-8 with recommended training (applies to teachers of grades 4-6)

Special Considerations:

An educator certified in this field may:

  • Provide professional development;
  • Serve in the role of mentor or advisor; and
  • Assist students in understanding how to read content area materials.


Program Specific Guidelines for Certification.

Computer Science Teachers’ Association (CSTA) K-12 Standards for Computer Science

PA Public School Code: §1202,  §1212, §1604

22 PA Code: Chapter 4: §4.22(c)(3),  §4.23(c)

Chapter 49: §49.11, §49.81, §49.85

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