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A Computer Science (405/1405) license is required to teach computer science courses.  Computer Science spans a wide range of computing endeavors, from theoretical foundations to robotics, computer vision, intelligent systems, and bioinformatics. The work of computer scientists is concentrated in three areas:

  • designing and implementing software,
  • developing effective ways to solve computing problems, and
  • devising new ways to use computers.

The original definition of computer science was provided in the original ACM/CSTA Model Curriculum for K–12 Computer Science and has the most direct relevance to high school computer science education. “Computer science (CS) is the study of computers and algorithmic processes, including their principles, their hardware and software designs, their applications, and their impact on society.”

Criteria that make a course a Computer Science course:

  • Algorithmic Problem Solving: Systematic study algorithms or processes that underlie the acquisition, representation, processing, storage, communication of, and access to information.
  • Applications development: Applications development and applications design through coding, programming, and software engineering.
  • Computational Design and Computational Intelligence: Study of the design of computational systems, understanding how computational systems work -- and hands on application of mathematical processes within computational systems.
  • Computational Thinking: Scientific and practical approach to computation and its application.
  • Management Information Systems: Study of the access to information generated through computer systems (programming, databases, application development)-coding, database development, and the understanding of the applications used for computational processing and applications development.

Computer Science Guidance Document

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