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The online Computer Science Supplementary Authorization Program at CSU Channel Islands provides credentialed K-12 teachers the coursework necessary to secure the supplementary authorization required to teach computer science.

New computer science content standards have been developed by the CA Department of Education for grades K-12. As of October 2020, a broader range of classes, including computer science and other quantitative reasoning subjects, can fulfill the recommended high school math requirements of students planning to apply to a CSU or UC. By 2027,a recommended 4th year of computer science/quantitative reasoning may become a requirement. This adds up to a strong need to expand the offerings of courses such as computer science.

Starting in summer 2023, CSU Channel Islands will offer online California Supplementary Authorization in Computer Science Education courses that meet state regulations for preparing educators to teach computer science.

About the Program

CSU Channel Islands is an accredited university that offers credentialed teachers the opportunity to conveniently take all the required graduate-level courses to earn a Computer Science Supplementary Authorization. The online format of the Computer Science Specific Supplementary Authorization courses makes it easy for teachers to fit professional development into their busy schedules.

The courses are available for single subject and multiple subject teachers who want expertise in integrating computer science principles into K-12 instruction.

CSUCI's program will satisfy the requirements for the Specific supplementary authorization (Introductory authorization is included), allowing single subject educators to teach preschool - adults and multiple subject teachers to teach courses for grade 9 and below.

The Specific Computer Science Authorization:

  • …added to the Single subject teaching credential authorizes the holder to teach the specific subject in grades preschool, kindergarten-12, and classes organized primarily for adults.

Details in California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Leaflets:

Supplementary Authorization for Multiple Subject
Supplementary Authorization for Single Subject

* Supplementary Authorizations May Be Added To: Single Subject Credentials; Multiple Subject Credentials; Standard Elementary and Secondary Credentials; University Internship Credentials (Multiple and Single Subject only); Special Secondary Credentials in Academic Subject: Art, Business Education, Homemaking, Industrial Arts, Music, Physical Education, Speech Arts, and Vocational Agriculture


Courses are offered sequentially and build on each other. They are offered online once each year as part of the program, therefore participation is considered a year-long commitment.


Schedule Units Course
Summer Session B - 5 weeks (asynchronous) 3 COMP 610: Computer Science for Educators
Fall - 8 weeks (synchronous/asynchronous) 3 COMP 605: Introduction to Programming
Spring - 8 weeks (synchronous/asynchronous) 4 COMP 650: Computing Practice and Programming
Summer Session A - 5 weeks (asynchronous) 3 COMP 647: Societal Issues in Computing
Summer Session B - 5 weeks (synchronous/asynchronous) 3 EDUC 660: Computer Science Teaching Methods

Apply to the Program

The program is open to teachers throughout California. No formal admission to the university is required. Applications for the 2024-2025 cohort will open in spring. Please use the form at right to let us know if you'd like to be notified about next year's program.

Program Cost

Course fees are $300/unit. (Subject to change.) Fees are paid on a per-course basis at the time of registration.

course fees*Possible additional grants may cover some of the cost of these courses.

Applications will be reviewed and those invited to participate will receive an email with information about grant eligibility and how to register for and access the courses.

To request information or to apply, please visit the Computer Science Supplementary Authorization webpage

CTC Notice
Once the courses listed above are completed, teachers can send their transcripts and supporting documents to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to apply for a Computer Science Supplementary Authorization.
Students must receive a “C” or better grade in each class to be eligible for the Computer Science Supplementary Authorization. Teachers must apply directly to CTC for the Supplementary Authorization. Please visit the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
The final decision regarding an applicant's academic eligibility for a supplementary or subject matter authorization will be determined by CTC staff when the documentation is submitted and the application is evaluated.
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