Computer Science Endorsement Pathway

With the passage of Chapter 979 of the Public Acts of 2022 by unanimous vote of the Tennessee General Assembly, all Local Education Agencies (LEA) and public charter schools are required to provide K-12 students with grade-level appropriate computer science education. Beginning in the 2024-25 school year, computer science (CS) will be embedded in grades K-5; middle school students will be required to take CS for one grading period during their 6th, 7th, or 8th grade year; and high school students will take CS as a graduation requirement.

To ensure teachers are properly trained and endorsed to deliver CS courses in middle and high school, the Computer Science Endorsement Pathway (CSEP) has been created. CSEP provides teachers with a no-cost route to computer science endorsement.

TDOE Computer Science FAQ
CSEP Course Overview
CSEP Modules Outline

Are you interested in participating in the CS Endorsement Pathway Course?

Participants must already hold a valid TN academic teaching license for this course to result in an additional endorsement. It is not intended for initial licensure or certification.

To ensure each school has the properly endorsed teaching staff to provide CS course requirements, the Tennessee Department of Education is reaching out to districts and schools to identify individuals who will need training through the Computer Science Endorsement Pathway in March for the Summer Cohort. This cohort will begin April 15, 2024 and end July 26, 2024.

If you are interested in teaching computer science at your school but do not yet have the necessary endorsement, please reach out to the individuals at your school responsible for making decisions regarding hiring, personnel, and teacher assignments.

If you are an individual with decision-making abilities in hiring, personnel, and teacher assignments, please complete the nomination survey from TDOE. This form is to identify middle and high school teachers who need to enroll in the Computer Science Endorsement Pathway for the summer term. Enrollment will be prioritized by district need.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Amanda McClusky, Tennessee Department of Education Program Manager of Computer Science Endorsement Pathway. amanda.mcclusky@tn.gov.