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Computer Science Education Major

Become a computer science teacher

As technology increasingly shapes our world and our society, it is imperative that schools have highly qualified teachers prepared to equip their students with necessary computer skills.

When you study computer science education at SBU, you will take courses in computer science and web design, while also receiving a thorough training in methods of teaching, educational psychology and classroom field experiences. When you graduate you will be completely prepared to take and pass certification tests for any state looking for computer science secondary teachers.


Major Map (PDF)

Degree Plan

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The SBU Advantage

  • Learn from highly qualified faculty in both the Division of Computing & Mathematics and the Division of Education.
  • SBU CIS graduates have achieved 100% job placement within six months of graduation 5 out of the last 6 years.
  • Classroom field experiences begin your sophomore year and culminate in a semester-long student teaching experience your senior year, providing valuable real-world experience and networking opportunities.

Faith Integration

Christian faith is intentionally integrated in both the computer science and education curriculum, distinguishing SBU's program from that of other institutions. Christian principles are discussed in the classroom and applied to educational strategies, philosophies, and best practices. At SBU, we approach education and teaching from the basis of a Christian worldview.

You will be challenged to consider your job to be more than just teacher but also role model and servant leader. You will learn to view the classroom as a mission field in which well-trained Christian teachers are desperately needed.

Taylor Center

The College of Professional Programs is housed in the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center. The Taylor Center was expanded and renovated to provide the following benefits for our students:

  • Increased number of dedicated study areas and presentation rooms that can be reserved in advance
  • Keycard access for certain majors increases building security while allowing you to access space and equipment after hours to effectively study and work on group projects
  • Student lounge and open spaces to study, relax and hang out

Computer Science Education Four-Year Plan


Fall Semester

CIS 1033 Foundations of Computer Science 3
MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
EDU 2113 Educational Psychology 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 1144 Computer Science I 4
UNI 1121 Critical Thinking 1
CIS 1163 Introduction to Cybersecurity 3
ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
EDU 2313 Foundations of Education 3
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
Total hours 17


Fall Semester

CIS 1154 Computer Science II 4
MAT 1173 Discrete Mathematics 3
EDU 2823 Technology for Educators 3
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

CIS 2213 Systems Analysis & Design 3
CIS 2003 Web Design 3
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
HIS 2213 U.S. History I 3
EDU 2141 Field Experience Level 1 1
PHS 1004 Introduction to Physical Science 4
Total hours 17


Fall Semester

CIS 3413 Machine Organization 3
EDU 3341 Field Experience Level 2 1
BEH 3243 Elementary Statistics 3
EDU 3333 Principles and Methods of Secondary Instruction 3
EDU 3613 Content Area Literacy 3
FAR 1003 Introduction to Fine Arts 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CIS 3323 Database Management 3
EDU 3833 Behavior and Classroom Management — Secondary 3
CIS 2013 Networks 3
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
EDU 3013 Analyzing and Amending Reading Problems 3
Total hours 15


Fall Semester

CIS 3333 Algorithms & Data Structures 3
EDU 4213 Methods of Teaching Computer Science 3
EDU 3043 Learner Development and the Classroom 3
SPF 2012 Spiritual Formation 2
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
SOC 2012 Human Diversity 2
Total hours 15

Spring Semester

EDU 4949 Student Teaching — Secondary 10
EDU 4842 Teaching Diverse Learners 2
EDU 4691 Student Teaching Seminar 1
EDU 4832 Assessment and Evaluation of Learners 2
EDU 4951 Communication in Education 1
Total hours 16

THIS IS A PROPOSED GUIDELINE. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements. Revised 8/19

Download in PDF format:
Computer Science Education Plan (PDF)