computer science educator

Graduate Certificate and Endorsement (Online)

Computer Science Educator

This graduate certificate will prepare teachers from all over the nation to teach Computer Science courses in K-12 settings. The Ohio endorsement will offer a supplemental or extension pathway for Ohio licensed teachers in any area (e.g. Mathematics, Language Arts, or Science) to teach computer science.

The Computer Science for Educators Endorsement may be stacked with a Master’s of Education in Classroom Technology so after completing this program, you will have just under half of a master's degree completed.

Alumni Testimonials


Zach Tocchi

  • Position: Math and Computer Science Teacher
    Saint Ignatius High School

The Computer Science teaching endorsement program offered by Bowling Green State University has rekindled my passion for learning. With its flexible, self-paced structure and engaging curriculum, I have had the opportunity to delve into the world of computer programming, equipping myself with the skills necessary to excel as a Computer Science educator in the future. The program has been a source of inspiration and motivation for me, and I am grateful for the chance to further my knowledge and expertise.


Patricia Lammert

  • Position: K-5 Music Teacher
    Woodridge Elementary School

Studying in the Computer Science Educator Endorsement program at Bowling Green State University has been a very positive experience for me.  I have learned many valuable Computer Science skills and knowledge to enhance my career and have gained a new network of contacts throughout the state of Ohio.  From the start, Dr. Li encouraged everyone in the cohort to form a study group, which was invaluable.  We were able to stick together throughout the program and grew each other's professional networks. I have enjoyed my experience in the endorsement and decided to continue the journey and join the master’s program in Classroom Technology. I would absolutely recommend BGSU’s Computer Science Educator Endorsement to my colleagues thinking about furthering their education in the Computer Science Education area.

This program offers a pathway for teachers who hold a valid, standard Ohio teaching license in another area to gain an endorsement to teach Computer Science subjects.


BGSU is nationally ranked by US News & World Report as one of the top programs for education. The College of Education and Human Development includes 28 teacher preparation programs leading to Ohio licensure.

Professional Opportunities

As the need for computer science teachers continues to grow across Ohio and the nation, BGSU is answering the call with the 100 percent online Computer Science for Educators Endorsement program. Graduates of this program will be eligible to take the Ohio OAE licensure exam and apply for the Computer Science for Educators Endorsement. This program qualifies Ohio teachers with a valid teaching license to teach computer science courses in K12 schools.

Unmatched Student Support

BGSU is the only university in Ohio and only one of ten in the nation to earn the Quality Matters Online Learner Support certificate that recognizes our commitment to online student success. The eCampus team proudly offers a one-stop-shop experience for all of your questions. Our main goal is simple: your success from registration to graduation 


Graduate Endorsement - Computer Science Educator

Program Strengths

1. Program is offered 100% online with flexible scheduling options throughout the academic year

2. BGSU programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

3. The Computer Science program is accredited by the Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) and is in good standing.

4. BGSU’s Computer Science program is one of few to have received the Program Excellence Award from the Ohio Board of Regents.

5. BGSU computer science and teacher preparation faculty collaborate to prepare educators for current workforce needs in Ohio.

6. The Computer Science for Educators Endorsement may be stacked with a Master’s of Education in Classroom Technology


Five online courses (15 credit hours)
Tuition estimate $6,700
Finish in 6 months
Tuition calculator (select eCampus)

Program Benefits

Seven-week courses
100 percent online
Advance your career
Enhance your credentials
Advance your professional knowledge 

Course and Admission Requirements


A total of 15 credit hours of coursework at the graduate level are required.

  • CS 5010: Fundamentals of Programming (3) 
  • CS 5020: Fundamentals of Computer Science (3)
  • CS 5030: Networks and Cybersecurity (3)
  • EDTL 6310: Technology in the 21st Century Classroom (3) 
  • EDTL 6391: Teaching and Learning of Computer Science (3)

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Computer Science for Educators Endorsement is contingent on the completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale. Applicants are required to submit scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended. Upon admission, final official or notarized copies of transcripts from all institutions where degrees were earned and diplomas from international institutions must be submitted.

Applicants must also submit test scores from either the GRE, the appropriate PRAXIS II, or an OAE content test in an appropriate content area.

International applicants are also required to submit scores from the International English Language Testing System 

(IELTS), the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA), 

or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Successful completion of ELS 112 will also be accepted for this requirement.

Application Requirements


Submit Your Graduate College Application Online

Apply Now or Return to Existing Application

For Area of Study, select “Certificate” AND “Computer Science Information - Certificate (eCampus)”

Note:  All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. A $45 nonrefundable application fee is assessed for domestic applications. The international application fee is $75.


Submit Transcripts

Submit scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to the Graduate College. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree granting institution must be submitted.

Request official transcripts be sent to:

Graduate College
200 University Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

You will be enrolled in and receive your graduate certificate from the College of Education & Human Development

BGSU is nationally ranked by US News & World Report as one of the top programs for education. The College of Education and Human Development includes 28 teacher preparation programs leading to Ohio licensure. 

Updated: 03/02/2023 11:38AM