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Tech leads Cyber Education program

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The Louisiana Tech University’s Science and Technology Education Center in the College of Education will lead an online Cyber Education program for K-12 educators.

In a partnership with the Cyber Innovation Center, 5013c nonprofit corporation dedicated to cyber research in Bossier City, the 100 percent online program will help teach future computer science teachers.

Twenty-seven teachers from Louisiana, Arkansas and South Carolina have enrolled in the first course offering this spring.

The courses meet computer science certification requirements and program participants will gain continuing education units as well as graduate course credits that will count toward a master of education degree, a Cyber Education Certificate or a master plus 30, a rank 1 certification.

“Computer science education is becoming more prevalent in K-12 and an increasingly integral component of a student’s educational career,” G.B. Cazes, vice president of the Cyber Innovation Center, said. “This course sequence provides teachers with the foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to become certified computer science teachers in K-12 classrooms.”

Don Schillinger, dean of the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University, said this type of program will help not only the country, but Lincoln Parish itself.

“The growing need for computer science educators continues to grow everywhere,” he said.

“This certainly benefits the community and their continued efforts in (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.”

Schillinger said Tech will be one of the nation’s leaders in computer science education when the program begins.

“With that growing need, people will recognize Tech as the ones who will be the forefront of making computer science educators,” he said. “The addition of the Cyber Education course sequence furthers our commitment to providing educators knowledge, skills and understanding needed to educate the next generation learner and leader.”

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