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Spring 2017 cohort

This page will be continually updated with specific information for cohorts of teachers seeking the endorsement starting in Spring 2017 and beyond. For more complete information, visit the Teacher Endorsement in Computer Science main page.


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NEIU
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Upcoming cohort course schedule
The best reference listing NEIU and ISU's probable TECS course offerings by term is here.

The table below has a few details about upcoming coursework. I try to be accurate but please double-check the official NEIU academic calendar and ISU 2015-21 academic calendar to be sure about regular class dates. The ISU classes tend to be set up to run at non-standard intervals.

Note: NEIU and ISU offer their courses (especially at the intro level) throughout the year. Unless the course is a contract course on this list, however, you will have to pay the full tuition rate.
 Term Course Dates
 Summer 2018 ISU TEC 275 tentatively Jun 4-Jul 13, 2018; online
 Summer 2018 ISU TEC 389.65 Aug 6-17, 2018 (all weekdays)
 TBD ISU TEC 389.66 tentatively one week (5 days) in summer 2018 or spring 2019, blended online and in-person
 Summer 2018 NEIU CS 300 May 18-Jun 28, 2018
 Summer 2018 NEIU CS 331 Jun 29-Aug 9, 2018
 Fall 2018 NEIU CS 201 Aug 25-Dec 10, 2018, exams Dec 11-13
 Fall 2018 NEIU CS 207 Aug 25-Dec 10, 2018, exams Dec 11-13
 Fall 2018 NEIU CS 304 Aug 25-Dec 10, 2018, exams Dec 11-13


What to prepare for
Before starting
  • Make sure you have a good foundation in Algebra, which is a prerequisite for CS 200 at NEIU. NEIU has an Algebra review sheet to give an idea of what level of math is required.
  • You must have a professional educator's license (PEL) to be eligible for the CS endorsement. If you do not have your PEL when you start the coursework, you should plan to have that in order by the time coursework is completed in Fall 2018 or thereabouts.
  • When you become a student at NEIU, you might find materials on the NEIU Book Exchange (scroll all the way down--there are listings starting in 2008 but people still use the site).
Spring 2017: NEIU
  • Apply to NEIU (send materials to Andy) by November 11. You do not have to reapply to NEIU for future semesters unless you skip 2 entire semesters.
Summer 2017: ISU
  • Apply to ISU early in the calendar year as a graduate student. Your enrollment will last from Summer 2017 through the Spring 2018 term.
TEC 275 is an online course, and will probably be scheduled to operate mostly while CPS is still in session, after the spring NEIU CS 200 course is over.  (I don't know the exact start date. It will not be a self-paced course, even though it is online. In other words, everyone in the class is working on the same part of the course at the same time.)

IT/TEC 389.65 is a 2-credit course offered face-to-face in Chicago, starting on August 7 and lasting two weeks.  The enrollees in that course need to be physically present every day. This course will have the form of a guided workshop. We presently expect to divide the cohort of teachers into two groups for this course--one group to meet in the mornings and the other to meet in the afternoons. There will be quite a bit of homework, so this course should be seen as being like a full time job for the two weeks. In this course teachers will design and try out lesson plans relevant to their teaching grade level, after learning a short list of basic principles for effective and democratic teaching of computer science. High school teachers will be working on ECS lesson plans.

Fall 2017: NEIU
CS 201



Summer 2018: NEIU
CS 300 (Client Side Web Development) 

PREREQUISITE(S)
CS 200 passed with 'C' or better

TIMING
A cohort section (reduced tuition rate) of CS 300 will meet at NEIU's El Centro campus from 18:00-21:25 on Thursdays. Please register for this section if you can.
There is also a non-cohort section (regular tuition rate) that will meet Tuesdays 18:00-21:25.
The summer term is May 18-August 6, and final exams will be between August 7-9.

CS 331 (Computer Networks)

PREREQUISITE(S)
CS 207 passed with 'C' or better

TIMING
A cohort section (reduced tuition rate) of CS 300 will meet at NEIU's El Centro campus from 16:30-19:55 on Tuesdays. Please register for this section if you can.
There is also a non-cohort section (regular tuition rate) that will meet Fridays 18:00-21:25.
The summer term is May 18-August 6, and final exams will be between August 7-9.

Summer 2018: ISU

TEC 275
TEC 275 (Technology and Quality of Life) is an asynchronous (no specific class times) online class that runs for 6 weeks.

PREREQUISITE(S)
At least one college-level introductory computer science course (e.g. CS 200).

TIMING
TEC 275 will most likely run from June 4-July 13.

IT/TEC 389.65
IT/TEC 389.65 (Teaching Computer Science in the Secondary School)  is an in-person class that meets for 3 hours a day for 2 weeks. There will be homework assignments on most days. There are two sections of this course planned for summer 2018, one focusing on high school teachers in Chicago, and the other focused on elementary school teachers and suburban teachers, located at Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. ES teachers will not be able to register for the Chicago/high school section of the course without special dispensation of the instructor.

PREREQUISITE(S)
At least one college-level introductory computer science course (e.g. CS 200).

TIMING
There will be one section of this course held in Lincolnshire from July 16-27, and very likely one in Chicago from August 6-17. The class meets for three hours a day, with daily homework, so plan for it to be a primary commitment for those two weeks. It is generally permissible to miss one class section for prior commitments, as long as you work it out with the instructor beforehand.

Fall 2018: NEIU

Spring 2019: ISU
IT/TEC 389.66 Is a (mostly) online course that will likely be offered in the Spring 2019 term. The cohort will be polled about the best time for this course to be offered. If it happens in Summer 2018, you will have to reapply to ISU.

Once Enrolled
ISU Important Academic Dates and Deadlines
Dates and Deadlines  (advance registration, add/drop, etc.) available for registered students at the MyIllinoisState student portal.

To Get Lane Credit for Courses
At present, CPS' Lane Credit office is not recognizing undergraduate courses completed as a part of TECS for lane credit.
  • You must write a letter to the relevant department chairperson at ISU or NEIU at the end of the term when you are completing a course, asking that your course grade and attendance certification be sent from the department to the CS4All office. (it is important that this be done promptly, as certification of satisfactory completion of a course has to be entered into the Learning Hub within ten days after the end of the course.)
  • If the course in question carries graduate level credit, a certification of such credit must be sent as well.

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