Computer Science Supplementary Authorization Program


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The online Computer Science Supplementary Authorization Program at California State University, Chico provides credentialed K-12 teachers the coursework necessary to secure the supplementary authorization required to teach computer science.

New computer science content standards have been developed by the CA Department of Education for grades K-12. As of October 2020, a broader range of classes, including computer science and other quantitative reasoning subjects, can fulfill the recommended high school math requirements of students planning to apply to a CSU or UC. By 2027, a recommended 4th year of computer science/quantitative reasoning may become a requirement. This adds up to a strong need to expand the offerings of courses such as computer science. 

About the Program

Chico State's Computer Science Supplementary Authorization Program is fully online and cohort-based. You'll work through the program curriculum as a group, which builds community, fosters creativity, enhances leadership skills, and encourages greater progress. Courses are taught by Chico State Computer Science faculty Kevin Buffardi, Jaime Raigoza, and Shelley Wong.

Choose from Two Supplementary Authorizations*:

The Introductory Computer Science Supplementary Authorization:

  • Boy working on robotics project…added to Single subject teaching credential authorizes the holder to teach at any grade level the supplementary subject matter content typically included in curriculum guidelines and textbooks for study in grades 9 and below.
  • …added to a Multiple subject teaching credential authorizes the holder to teach departmentalized classes related to the supplementary in grades 9 and below.

The Specific Computer Science Authorization:

  • …added to the Single subject teaching credential authorizes the holder to teach the specific subject in grades preschool, kindergarten-12, and classes organized primarily for adults.

Details in California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Leaflets:

Supplementary Authorization for Multiple Subject
Supplementary Authorization for Single Subject

* Supplementary Authorizations May Be Added To: Single Subject Credentials; Multiple Subject Credentials; Standard Elementary and Secondary Credentials; University Internship Credentials (Multiple and Single Subject only); Special Secondary Credentials in Academic Subject: Art, Business Education, Homemaking, Industrial Arts, Music, Physical Education, Speech Arts, and Vocational Agriculture


Courses are offered sequentially and build on each other. They are offered online once each year as part of the program, therefore participation is considered a year-long commitment.

Summer class meetings are held online, and meet synchronously to promote hands-on interactive learning. Fall and spring classes are online and asynchronous. View scheduled course dates and meeting times on the Courses & Registration page.

Introductory Authorization: 10 units

  • CSED 500 Computational Thinking | 3 Units | June 20–July 8
  • CSED 501 Computing Practice and Programming | 3 Units | July 18–August 5
  • CSED 510 Technology for Computer Science Education | 2 Units | Fall '22
  • CSED 511 Computing in Society | 2 Units | Spring '23

Specific Authorization 14 units

  • Introductory Authorization courses listed above (10 units) PLUS…
  • CSED 590 Software Design, Data Structures, and Algorithms | 4 Units | Summer '23

Apply to the Program

The program is open to teachers throughout California. No formal admission to the university is required. Applications for the 2023-2024 cohort will open in spring. Please use the form at right to let us know if you'd like to be notified about next year's program.

Program CostLogo: Math and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) at CSU, Chico

Course fees are $300/unit. (Subject to change.) Fees are paid on a per-course basis at the time of registration.


Applications will be reviewed and those invited to participate will receive an email with information about grant eligibility and how to register for and access the courses.

* Chico State's service area covers the counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, and Yuba.