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CS-STEM Network Certifications

CS-STEM Network Certifications, a Carnegie Mellon recognized level of competency and knowledge, is now available for all users. Using an easy "Badges to Certification" approach, users can now narrow their focus that ultimately leads to a certification.

As an educator, getting certified also means access to the CS-STEM Network system tools and activites, including automated assessments, virtual classrooms, and softwares, everything to evaluate student learning.

Badges to Certification Structure

Certifications

CS-STEM Network certifications represent a standard level of competency and knowledge of particular subject. Users can subscribe to a certification. which provides a collection of Badges, providing a clear pathway to earn the certification.

Badges

Badges are smaller, more focused topics. A collection of specific badges builds up to a certification. However, users can also subscribe to badges individually. Progress made on those individual badges will automatically carry over to any certifications that carry those badges.

Requirements

Each badge has a number of requirements. Requirements ranges from completing activities, viewing content, taking a quiz, and more. To earn the badge, all requirements must be completed.

Certifications for Everyone

Whether you are an individual, or an educator, anyone can obtain a CS-STEM Certifications. Most certifications are made available for everyone and self-paced, study at your own convenience. Earn badges as you study course materials, then take an online examination at the end.

CS-STEM Certifications for Educators

A Carnegie Mellon CS-STEM Certification course provides a teacher or administrator with evidence that the certified teacher has the necessary background to teach that particular CS-STEM subject area. Certification courses are scaffolded from beginner through advance level courses. All courses are designed to teach the pedagogy, hardware, software, and troubleshooting techniques that teachers will need to implement a CS-STEM curriculum. Courses emphasize how to foreground relevant academic concepts in each lesson.

CS-STEM courses make connections for students to academic concepts and real world applications by placing students in situations where they are solving real world problems. Teachers that earn their certification can offer a Carnegie Mellon CS-STEM Certification course in their classroom and can take advantage of the automated assessment tools that are built into the course where applicable. All final assessments will be taken on the CS-STEM server.

Lessons Taught

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  • The pedagogy of teaching a project based learning course

  • How to scaffold student learning targets so that all students learn

  • The hardware and software associated with the course of study

  • How to troubleshoot student problems

  • Questioning technique that places the responsibility of solving the problem on the student

  • How to foreground specific lesson concepts so that student learn

  • How to make connections for students between academic concepts, jobs, and work related competencies

  • Confidence that enables the teacher to feel comfortable teaching the course

Why CS-STEM Certifications?

Working with the International Technology Engineering and Education Association, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, and Robomatter Incorporated, the CS-STEM Network is dedicated in developing a set of CS-STEM industry-aligned certifications that can be used by classroom educators to assess an individual's CS-STEM readiness.

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