Journal of STEM Teacher Education


Due to a shortage of rural computer science teachers, researchers used a three-phase method to design a computer science endorsement, which will be coupled with an instructional coaching endorsement within an Educational Specialist degree program. The team conducted interviews of teachers as well as school and district level administrators in rural areas to determine needs and resources available to develop computer science master teachers. Interviewers also investigated recruitment, preparation and support processes pertinent to the program. Findings included that, although infrastructure for wireless access is lacking, school and district administrators are very interested in supporting teachers to become computer science master teachers. STEM teachers are especially interested in computer science content related to their teaching field. Partners indicated an interest in developing teacher leaders, in order to encourage a sustainable computer science program in the school and district. Information gathered was used to design a program that intends to meet the needs of potential rural computer science master teachers.