UA Little Rock has been chosen along with Arkansas Tech University to co-host for the 2022 Arkansas Computer Science and Computing Educator Academy (CSCEA). CSCEA is overseen by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Office of Computer Science. This program will provide free tuition for up to 60 Arkansas educators to complete a graduate certificate in cybersecurity education at UA Little Rock. The educators will also receive advanced computer science training from the ADE.
An over $800,000 grant through the ADE will allow Arkansas residents who are employed by an Arkansas public school district (or who intend to teach within an Arkansas public school district) to take 18 graduate-level computer science and cybersecurity credit hours. Tuition and fees will be covered.
UA Little Rock recently joined nine other institutions in eight other states to establish the National Cybersecurity Teaching Academy. UA Little Rock will be one of the first universities in the country to offer a graduate certificate in cybersecurity education through this program. The National Cybersecurity Teaching Academy is funded by a $750,000 grant from the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity, which is located within the National Security Agency (NSA). UA Little Rock’s graduate certificate is pending approval by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Higher Learning Commission, and the UA Board of Trustees.
“This grant will put Arkansas at the top in the nation for the percentage of high school students choosing a cybersecurity profession. We have the potential to develop a network of over 60 schools in Arkansas that can offer an advanced course in cybersecurity for college credit. It’s another example of Arkansas becoming a national trendsetter in computer science education.”
– Dr. Phillip Huff, Director of Research, UA Little Rock Cyber Arena
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