The Computer Science endorsement coursework provides current teachers with computer application understanding, such as hardware, software, networking, and use of computers in education.  Completion of requirements may lead to a subsequent endorsement from the Illinois State Board of Education. 

Coursework enables students to:

  • Explore the fundamental concepts of cybersecurity, be informed of cybersecurity vulnerabilities and threats, and practice techniques and gain tools for detecting and defending against cyber-attack.
  • Examine file organizations and file access methods, as well as data redundancy.
  • Study various data models including relational, heretical, network, and object-oriented.
  • Cover topics such as number systems, sets, logic, functions and relations, combinations, permutations, probability, statistics, and discrete structures that are relevant to computer science.
  • Learn structured programming techniques, the fundamentals concepts of computer networking with practical applications, and how to model threats to computer systems.
  • Gain knowledge in the areas of data communications, networking technologies, OSI model, LAN, WAN, TCP/IP layers and protocols, Internet architecture.
  • Meet ISBE’s requirement for earning a subsequent teaching endorsement in computer science.
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