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Our cyber world continues to grow as more and more devices are linked together over the web. We are becoming more and more dependent on these devices in our connected society. Whether you’re a farmer bringing food to the table, a technician working to maintain critical energy infrastructure, or just sharing news with friends over social media, you use connected devices every day! Any significant shift in the farming, energy production, manufacturing, or medical industry will result from shifts in the use of data or connected systems. Most new businesses (Uber, Doordash, Carvana) have sprung up and thrived due to connected systems. These systems are constantly under attack. Businesses must rely on skilled technicians on the front line to defend these systems from cyber attacks. Even if you’re not looking to reduce costs, add services, or be the next big thing, you are likely sharing data over the internet and need to learn to protect your information. Everyone needs to learn to become good digital citizens. Everyone needs at least basic knowledge of computers and how modern systems communicate, even if you are not going to specialize in a cyber career.

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Credentialing Information and Application Process

The NDDPI issues three levels of Computer Science (CS) and Cybersecurity Credentials. Each requires a valid teaching license issued by the Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB).

  • Level 1 - Allows the recipient to teach any CS or Cyber-related course, including advanced courses, at any grade level corresponding with the recipient's teaching license. Applicants much complete one of the following: 
    • 200 or more hours of CS or Cyber training; or
    • 15 or more credits in CS or Cyber; or
    • 3 stacks of micro-credentials in CS or Cyber.
  • Level 2 - Allows the recipient to teach introductory and intermediate-level CS or Cyber-related courses, as determined by the department, at any grade level corresponding with the recipient's teaching license. Applicants must complete one of the following:
    • 40 or more hours of CS or Cyber training; or
    • 6 or more credits in CS or Cyber; or
    • 1 stack of micro-credentials in CS or Cyber.
  • Level 3 - Allows the recipient to teach integrated CS or Cyber-related instruction in other contents at any grade level corresponding with the recipient's teaching license. The recipient also may teach CS or Cyber-related courses in grades kindergarten through grade eight as applicable to the recipient's teaching license.  Applicants must complete one of the following:
    • 15 or more hours of CS or Cyber training; or
    • 3 micro-credentials in CS or Cyber.
  • Renewal - the CS and Cyber credential is renewed every five years. It requires a valid teaching license issued by the ESPB. 
    • 30 hours of CS or Cyber training; or
    • 2 credits; or
    • 2 micro-credentials; or
    • A combination of training, credits and micro-credentials.
  • Application Process - The CS and Cybersecurity Credential application can be found online. See the Application Guide for in-depth application information. 
Resources and Training
Computer Science and Cybersecurity for Adults

Everyone needs to learn to become good digital citizens. Everyone needs at least basic knowledge of computers and how modern systems communicate, even if you are not going to specialize in a cyber career. EduTech offers resources for adults who want to improve their skills in data stewardship and personal data protection.

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