Do I need specific experience to teach AP Computer Science Principles?

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It helps to have a fundamental understanding of computer science to teach this course. However, due to the broad and multidisciplinary nature of the course, teachers do not need to have prior computer science experience.

Teachers of all backgrounds can prepare to teach AP CSP by participating in professional development specific to AP Computer Science Principles.

  • From the College Board: Attend AP Summer Institutes and one-day workshops and view free teaching and assessment modules.
  • From educational organizations endorsed by the College Board: Explore AP CSP curricula–including preapproved syllabi, lesson plans, formative assessments, and professional development–delivered by College Board–endorsed providers. AP CSP teachers who participate in professional development offered by an endorsed provider are not required to attend a College Board AP Summer Institute for AP CSP.

Note that states determine their own requirements for teacher certification and endorsement. Teachers need to check out their state-specific computer science teacher certification requirements.

Beyond professional development opportunities, teachers can explore essential course resources endorsed by the College Board, including lesson plans, course planning and pacing guides, scoring guidelines, and notes. Additional classroom resources, some of which may not be endorsed by the College Board, appear on the AP CSP Classroom Resources page. These include curriculum samples, programming tools, free online courses, and more.