Mobile CSP

AP Computer Science Principles
Endorsed by the College Board

FAQ Mobile CSP CE

Frequently Asked Questions

Most questions can be answered by reviewing our Professional Development and Concurrent Enrollment pages, but below are some questions that are often asked by interested teachers and schools.

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Curriculum Concurrent Enrollment Professional Development Eligibility 

Curriculum

Q. What are the system and IT requirements for the Mobile CSP curriculum?

The Mobile CSP Team has prepared this IT Checklist for teachers and schools to review.

Q. How many contact hours does the Mobile CSP curriculum require?

The Mobile CSP curriculum was designed to be a full year course with at least 112 contact hours of material.

Q. What topics are covered in the Mobile CSP curriculum?

Our curriculum page outlines the content covered in Mobile CSP.

Q. Can I preview the Mobile CSP curriculum?

Yes! Visit course.mobilecsp.org to see our student course materials. Visit teach.mobilecsp.org to see our teacher lesson plans and other resources. The first two units on both sites are open to the public. To see beyond that, you'll need to register for FREE with a G-mail account. 

Concurrent Enrollment

Q. What is concurrent enrollment?

Concurrent enrollment (CE) courses are college-level classes offered within high schools and taught by qualified high school teachers in association with a local community college or university. Sometimes they are also referred to as dual enrollment or college-in-the-schools programs.

Q. How many credits are offered for students?

For Minnesota Students: 4 credits

For Connecticut Students: 3 credits

Q. Are there any requirements for students to participate in concurrent enrollment?

Minnesota students must be juniors in the upper 1/3 of their class or seniors in the upper 1/2 of their class.

Connecticut students can only enroll in the College Career Pathways program in their sophomore, junior, or senior years.

Professional Development

Q. When and where is the PD?

Capital Community College in Connecticut will offer their CSP-Through-CE PD July 8 - August 2, 2019 with the first and the last days in-person. The remaining days will be completed online. 

Southwest Minnesota State University will offer their CSP-Through-CE PD online. The exact dates are TBD.

Q. What does the PD include?

The Mobile CSP PD is a year-long program in which teachers are organized into small (10-12 person) cohorts led by a Master Teacher. It consists of completing a PD course (e.g. a four week summer online PD course) plus a mentored PD experience during the school year.

Q. How often do participants meet during online PD?
Teachers participating in the online professional development are required to attend an orientation about a month before the PD begins and then attend regular weekly meetings during the summer. Master teachers will be hosting 3 to 4 meetings per week and teachers are recommended to attend at least 2 of them, but are required to attend one. The exact days and times of the meetings are usually determined as a group during week one of the PD.

Q. Are there certain times that I need to work on the PD? What scheduled activities are teachers expected to complete?

With the online training, there are no required in-person meetings unless otherwise specified by the host. However, teachers must attend at least two weekly virtual meetings with their Master Teacher and cohort. The PD lessons can be completed at each teacher’s leisure before the due date. Master Teachers are available throughout the PD to provide ongoing support and asynchronous communication.

Q. What will be covered during the PD?

In the online and hybrid format, teachers will work with a Master Teacher to complete predetermined assignments and a pacing guide. With both formats, teachers are provided a set of lessons and units that they will work on before the deadline. Teachers will work through the student materials to learn and experience exactly what their students will in the course. The student material lessons are supplemented with review of the teacher materials. Participants in the PD are expected to complete the assigned student lessons and reflect on the teacher materials. During the weekly meetings with the assigned Master Teacher and cohort, teachers will discuss the lessons, units, and best practices they have learned. The Master Teacher’s role is to support and lead teachers through the course and help guide them through the lessons. Master Teachers are available throughout the PD to provide ongoing support and asynchronous communication. Learn more here: Mobile CSP PD Overview.

Eligibility

Q. What are the teacher requirements to participate?

All teachers are required to complete the summer Mobile CSP PD and participate in the PD support during the academic year.

For Minnesota Teachers: Minimally, related teaching experience or related coursework is expected. See the College Now website for details; note that, beginning in Fall 2022, College Now teachers will need to have a masters degree (in any discipline) to teach this course.

Q. I am offering the CSP course in the 2020-2021 academic year. Can I still participate in the 2019 PD?

We would prefer that you let us know you are interested now, but have you sign up for the summer 2020 PD. This will allow you to have the full year-long PD experience.