Originally Posted on the Microsoft UK Teachers Blog.
The BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching offers professional recognition to current teachers of Computing and demonstrates their technical and pedagogical competence, as well as their engagement with their own professional development. It is evidence-based certification provided by Computing At School and accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for ICT. There are two versions of the Certificate, one for secondary and one for primary teachers.
The Certificate launches on 1st October and is a roll-on, roll-off programme; once registered, teachers have one year to work towards and present their evidence. Teachers have to provide three types of evidence: their CPD log, a software project, and a pedagogical investigation. Teachers who have taken Microsoft's Software Development Fundamentals MTA qualification can claim an exemption from the second part, as can teachers who have a recent computer science-related degree including a final-year software project.
Sue Sentance, CAS Coordinator of the BCS Certificate, said "For the second part of the Certificate, we want teachers to show that they have the necessary technical skills to deliver Computing effectively in the classroom. We are confident that teachers who have undertaken the MTA (Software Development) will have demonstrated these skills as part of the work they do towards this qualification, so are happy to offer these teachers an exemption for the second part of the Certificate."