Arkansas Tech University in Russellville has been selected as a host location for the 2022 Arkansas Computer Science and Computing Educator Academy (ACSCEA). The program is made possible by a $566,646 grant from the Arkansas Department of Education to ATU.
The program, which is overseen by the ADE Office of Computer Science, will provide up to 60 Arkansas residents who are employed by an Arkansas public school district or intend to teach within an Arkansas public school district and have a letter of support from a superintendent of an Arkansas public school district with tuition-free access to up to 18 credit hours of graduate study at ATU.
This will be the second consecutive year ATU has served as a host location. Members of the 2021 cohort interested in completing 12 additional graduate hours of computer science or related credits at ATU beginning this summer may also apply at the link above.
According to information provided by ADE, program completers will learn basic computer science, receive preparation for passing the Computer Science Content Knowledge Praxis exam, gain approval to teach high school computer science courses, earn up to 18 postsecondary graduate-level credits in computer science and expand skills in specialized areas aligned to state-adopted programs of study. Grant funds from ADE will cover the costs of enrollment and tuition for all participants.
The first two weeks of ACSCEA 2022 at Arkansas Tech are scheduled for June 13-17 and June 20-24 on the ATU campus in Russellville with advanced training options offered from June 27-July 29. Those who successfully complete all ADE and ATU requirements during the academy will receive credit for two ATU graduate-level courses: Introduction to Information Technology and Systems (INFT 5403) and Emerging Trends (INFT 6903).
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome this program back to Arkansas Tech University for summer 2022,” said Sarah Burnett, who serves as director of STEM outreach in the ATU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and will be the project coordinator for ACSCEA 2022. “ATU has the curriculum, faculty and facilities necessary to provide those who wish to enhance their knowledge of computer science education with an excellent experience.”
In accordance with provisions in the ADE grant, candidate selection may be prioritized based on regional needs and for districts that are classified as high poverty.