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School of Education - George Mason University

George Mason Computer Science Teacher Externship Program

Are you a teacher looking for a way to inspire students and help prepare them for the future?

Consider joining the George Mason Computer Science Teacher Externship Program!

About the Program

With support from Google, George Mason University will provide a paid externship experience for teachers who currently teach, or are interested in teaching, computer science so they can experience first-hand what computing careers might look like for their students. Through summer externships, and a companion graduate level project-based learning course, participating teachers can improve their computing skills and enhance how they teach computer science to students in order to spark students’ interests in computing-intensive careers.

Who Can Apply?

Open to all public middle and high school teachers (grades 6-12) in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, preference will be given to teachers who are interested in teaching computer science classes or becoming licensed to teach computer science, and teachers who are interested in integrating computer science into their instruction.

The application for 2022 has now closed.

What Will I Do?

Each participant will:

  • Complete a summer externship in the summer of 2022.
  • Take a 3-credit hour course at George Mason University during the summer of 2022 (participants will get 3 graduate credit hours at no cost to them).
  • Participate in a fall workshop to prepare to take the Praxis Exam to become licensed to teach computer science.
  • Participate in surveys, interviews, and observations as requested.

How Will I Be Compensated?

Participants who complete all parts of the program will receive a $6,500 stipend, 3 graduate credit hours from George Mason University, and a free workshop to prepare to take the Praxis Exam to become licensed to teach Computer Science.

Dr. Amy Hutchison and Dr. Erdogan Kaya are the faculty coordinators for the Mason Computer Science Externship Program and will develop and lead the initiative for Mason.

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