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Computer Science Education

Computer Science Education Program Overview

*This program is taught in a hybrid format

Pursue Computer Science Teacher Certification in New York

Manhattanville University School of Education’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Computer Science Education degree program reflects the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Computer Science and Digital Fluency learning standards, enabling students to meet New York's Initial Teacher Certification requirements to teach computer science in all grades.

Our master’s degree in computer science education offers comprehensive coursework and practical experiences for successful careers in computer science education, preparing teachers to provide students with meaningful exposure, experiences, and explorations into computer science.

A hallmark of the MAT in Computer Science Education program is its foundation in research-based pedagogical practices, methods, and strategies. The degree includes a deep background in core computer science concepts and skills, such as programming, algorithms, data collection and analysis, and cybersecurity, as well as an understanding of the human and ethical impacts of computing and computer science.

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This master’s degree program is focused on the skills for teaching computer science students in all grades and is designed for current or aspiring educators with a bachelor’s degree who are seeking graduate-level training and Initial Teacher Certification.

As one of the first programs approved by NYSED in this field, Manhattanville’s MAT in Computer Science Education degree is structured with close faculty support and the academic and experiential requirements needed for obtaining computer science teacher certification.

Manhattanville’s 41-credit master’s in computer science education degree program equips you with the essential knowledge and skills for a successful career in the field. The curriculum merges rigorous coursework as well as hands-on teaching experiences including student teaching and classroom observations.

MAT in Computer Science Education program requirements include:

  • Entry-level courses in educational foundations for computer systems, data science, and networks
  • Intermediate-level courses in child development, technology, and special education
  • Student teaching and seminar component in computer science education
  • Any remaining requirements for certification through NYSED

Upon completion of the program, graduates are well-prepared to pursue computer science teacher certification and make a positive impact in the classroom.

Complete Student Teaching and Meet Certification Requirements

As part of our program, engage in student teaching, gaining valuable experience in real-world educational settings. Our close partnerships with local schools provide additional opportunities for hands-on learning and collaboration with experienced educators.

Through student teaching, workshops, seminars, and assistance scheduling and taking the NYS Educating All Students test, meet the certification requirements set by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for computer science teacher certification.

With a Master's in Computer Science Education from Manhattanville University, you will be well-prepared for a variety of career paths in teaching students skills including basic computing, cyber safety and security, and ethical digital citizenship.

Graduates of our program have pursued fulfilling careers as computer science teachers in K-12 schools, instructional technology specialists, curriculum developers, and educational consultants. We also provide career resources and guidance to help you navigate the job market and secure employment in the field.

From career and job opening resources to help applying for jobs, explore the services of the Center for Career Development.

Can I pursue computer science teacher certification in New York with this program?

Yes, our Master's in Computer Science Education program is approved by NYSED to help you obtain computer science teacher certification in New York.

Can you pursue doctoral programs or further education using this degree? For what careers?

Yes, with a MAT in Computer Science Education, you are well-prepared to pursue doctoral programs or further education in related fields such as computer science, educational technology, and curriculum and instruction. This degree provides a strong foundation for career advancement opportunities, including roles such as computer science education specialist, curriculum developer, instructional designer, educational consultant, or education administrator.

Are there opportunities for financial aid or assistantships?

Students in graduate programs at the School of Education can apply to federal and private aid sources to help manage the cost of their degree. The Office of Financial Aid and our counselors are here to help you navigate the process from beginning to end.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Advanced Certificate in Computer Science Education is designed for in-service teachers who are already certified in another subject area with a master’s degree and are seeking computer science teacher certification alone, not an entire graduate program.

The certificate program consists of 21 graduate credits, including 9 credits in Computer Science Education and an additional 12 credits in Computer Science.

There is no firm application deadline, as applications are viewed on a rolling basis. Aim to complete and submit your application approximately a month prior to your desired start date. Admission requirements for this master’s program include:

  • Completed online application
  • Complete or in-progress bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts/Undergraduate GPA
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Application fee of $75
  • Any program-specific requirements that apply. Computer science education applicants will need 30 credits in computer science, including knowledge of a general-purpose programming language. This can be pursued in initial coursework.

Review complete graduate admissions information and reach out to the Office of Admissions with any questions.


Apply to the MAT in Computer Science Education at Manhattanville University

Manhattanville’s Master of Arts in Teaching in Computer Science Education degree program prepares graduates to excel as educators, equipping them with the necessary skills and credentials to embark on a fulfilling teaching career and make a significant impact in the field of computer science.

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