Mobile CSP

Mobile CSP


An AP Computer Science Principles Course Endorsed by the College Board

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Most questions can be answered by reviewing our Eligibility and Application page, but below are some questions that are often asked by interested teachers and schools.

Q. Does the Mobile CSP PD satisfy the College Board Summer Institute requirement to teach AP CSP?

Yes! Mobile CSP is endorsed by the College Board as an AP CSP curriculum and PD provider. The Mobile CSP PD can be considered an alternative to attending the College Board AP Summer Institute workshop. However, you may decide to participate in both.

Q. I am a teacher outside of the United States. Can I participate in the Mobile CSP PD?

Yes, Teachers outside the U.S. are welcome to participate in the PD, either at their own pace online at any point year-round, or concurrently with an online cohort provided they have sufficient appropriate English language skills.

Q. I am a high school computer teacher at an independent school and do not hold a valid state teaching certificate.  Can I still participate in the Mobile CS Principles PD?

Yes, independent school teachers are eligible to participate. 

Q. My school is planning to offer AP CSP, but the course is not scheduled to run until the following academic year. Can I still participate in the 2018 PD?

Yes.

Q. I am offering the CSP course at the middle school level. Can I still participate in the 2018 PD?

Yes, however the curriculum is geared at an advanced placement level. 

Q. Do I have to teach the course as Advanced Placement (AP)?

No.  One of our primary goals is to broaden participation in computing.  We encourage teachers and schools to offer the course at whatever level is most appropriate for their students. 

Q. When can I register for PD?

Registrations will be open on December 4, 2017 in conjunction with CS Education Week.  Registrations will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout 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.

Q. Will there be housing available at the regional PD sites?

Travel and lodging expenses are not included in the tuition.   If applying for a regional site, teachers are expected travel to and from that site each day. Depending on the site and coordinators, they may be able to secure a discount for on-campus housing during the summer, if needed, but this is not guaranteed.

Q. How much of the curriculum will be covered during the extended Mobile CSP PD?

The extended PD (90-100 hourse) covers almost the entire curriculum, with some lessons and topics left for professional development webinars during the school year.  Teachers participate in the course as if they were students and also take time to discuss lesson plans and other pedagogical materials.

Q. What depth of knowledge will be covered in the extended PD?  Will it be an overview?

The extended PD (90-100 hours) is in-depth enough that a teacher who has never taught CS before (or had no prior programming experience) can take the PD and be able to teach the course during the academic year.  It will not just be an overview.