CS Licensure

Digital Technology & Computer Science Ready 

Keep Calm and IT On

Cohort Documents  (password protected)

This Teacher CS 1405/405 Licensure Cohort is lead by NEW Digital Alliance and CESA 7 Computer Science Talent Ecosystem Youth (CSTEY).  

The cohort program is designed to assist teachers with moving through the CS 1405/405 licensure prep coursework, with the end result of successful completion of the Computer Science Praxis exam.  

As part of the program, teachers will have a support network, connect with local post-secondary professors and IT professionals, and receive tips from current CS licensed teachers.    

Program Environment   

The Digital Technology and Computer Science Ready cohort provides both an in-person and virtual environment for current certified teachers to expand their knowledge and understanding of computer science topics.  By participating in the cohort teachers will have the opportunity to:  

  • Prepare for the Praxis II Computer Science Exam using the CompuScholar online platform and other cohort participants  
  • Explore post-secondary careers and programs at local technical colleges and four-year universities  
  • Visit local Information Technology companies to speak with current workforce to learn more about skills needed for employment  
  • Explore and implement resources surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion  
  • Attend an in-person computer science class at a local university  
  • Investigate additional computer science and information technology curriculum opportunities such as cyber security, data analytics, and artificial intelligence  
  • Connect with other computer science teachers throughout the state 

Who Should Apply: 

Any Wisconsin based middle school or high school teacher wishing to complete their CS 1405/405 licensure. Cohort selection will bias toward teachers located in the 18 counties of Northeast Wisconsin. 


Our pilot cohort is sponsored by Microsoft TechSpark program. Thanks to their generosity the 10 accepted cohort participants will be reimbursed the cost of their Praxis exam upon successful completion.

Program Cost: 

There is no cost for cohort participation.  

If selected for the program, cohort participants will be responsible for covering the initial cost of the Praxis exam. Upon receiving a passing score participants can submit proof of passing and will be reimbursed by the program.    

Cohort Information 

The pilot cohort will launch Tuesday Sept. 28, 2021. 

In addition to completing the self-study curriculum, cohort participants will be required to attend a monthly check-in meeting. Three of these meetings will be face to face, with two requiring half to full day attendance. The remaining check-ins will be virtual events. 

Licensed CS Teachers

Are you already a licensed CS teacher and are interested in participating int eh cohort meetings? Simply click the registration link below to join the cohort and start networking with other CS teachers.

Register Here to join the conversation.

Registration Information 

Aug 23: registration opens 

Sep 8: applications due
Sep 17: notifications sent to cohort applicants 

Cohort Dates 

Cohort Documents  (password protected)

Date/Time   Topics/Event   Location  
September 28, 2021
5:30 – 7:30 pm 
  • Cohort Kickoff  
  • Guest Speakers:   
FVTC Bordini Center  
October 26, 2021
4:00 – 5:30 pm 
  • Cohort Check-in & Progress Report  
  • Guest Speakers topic:  
  • Post-Secondary Instructors and Students  
Virtual:  Zoom   
November 30, 2021
9:00 am – 4:00 pm 
(All Day Event) 
  • Cohort Check-in & Progress Report  
  • IT site visits  
December 21, 2021
4:00 – 5:30 pm 
  • Cohort Check-in & Progress Report  
  • Guest Speaker topic:  
  • Diversity & Equity in the Classroom  
Virtual:  Zoom  
January 25, 2022
4:00 – 5:30 pm 
  • Cohort Check-in & Progress Report  
  • Guest speaker topic:  
  • Advisory boards & SCRIPT workshops  
Virtual: Zoom  
Feb (late) 2022
(All day event) 
  • Cohort check-in and progress report  
  • Post-secondary instructors and students  
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh & Cybersecurity Center of Excellence 
March  22, 2022
4:00 – 5:00 pm 
  • Cohort check-in and progress report  
  • Guest speaker topic:   
  • State of CS education in Wisconsin  
Virtual:  Zoom  
April 1, 2022 
  • Praxis exam preparation and review 
  • Register for Praxis exam 
April 25 – May 6, 2022 
  • Complete Praxis exam  
May 16, 2022
Time: TBD 
  • Post exam celebration 
In Person
Location TBD 


If you have any questions, please email Amy Bires at abires@CESA7.org or Kim Iversen at Kim@NewDigitalAlliance.org.