Professional Development

CSAwesome PD Options

CSAwesome PD is offered in three lengths and can be completed either online or hybrid (a mix of face-to-face and online). Support from a Master Teacher is provided during the PD and throughout the academic year.

  • For those Experienced with Java - Immersion 45 hour PD

  • For those New to Java - Extended 65 hour PD (includes 20 hours of Java specific PD) if planning to teach AP CSA

  • For those New to Java - Intro 20-25 hour PD (includes Java basics and pedagogy) for those not planning to teach the course or planning to teach a pre-AP Java course

College Board Workshops and Summer Institutes:

The College Board offers AP CSA specific training (either one day or 30 hours) for teachers preparing to teach the AP CSA course. Teachers may decide to attend a College Board Workshop or Summer Institute training and/or attend a CSAwesome PD. Attending both is encouraged, but not required. Learn more at


  • Immersion PD (45 hours): $1750/teacher

  • Extended PD (65 hours): $2400/teacher

  • Intro to Java (25 hours): n/a - limited to teachers participating in Maryland Center for Computing Education or Amazon Future Engineers programs.

In some cases, grant funding may be available to help cover the cost of teacher participation in the CSAwesome PD. See our Research Project page for more information on how you can attend a PD for FREE.

Group and Partnership rates are also available. Email inquiries to

Credentials Offered

CSAwesome acknowledges the achievement of every teacher who completes the PD program by awarding the following:

  • A Certificate of Participation is given to all teachers who complete the professional development, indicating the number of PD hours.

  • Graduate Education Credits can also be earned through the College of St. Scholastica by earning a Certificate of Participation and completing additional coursework. (Cost: $125/credit. Available in an Immersion (1 credit) or Extended (2-3 credit) basis, based on Carnegie Units of 120 hours for 3 credits.) For more information, see our Graduate Credit page.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 and institution closings, credit card payments are preferred at this time. Please have this information available before completing registration. Questions? Contact

Register for an Upcoming CSAwesome PD

Fall 2020: Online Extended for those New to Java


  • October 5, 2020 - November 22, 2020 (October 19-25 off)

Register here.

Fall 2020: Online Immersion for those Experienced with Java


  • October 26, 2020 - November 22, 2020

Register here.

Ongoing: College of St. Scholastica EDU 6730: Programming and Teaching Java

An Online Graduate Course part of the Certificate in Computer Science Education program at the College of St. Scholastica. Note: CSP as a first requirement is waived if you have taught CS A before.

Ongoing: UCSD EDS 324 Learn to teach Java course

Beth Simon's UCSD EDS 324 course also on Coursera using CSAwesome.

Summer 2020: Online Extended for those New to Java


  • Summer I: June 8 - July 18, 2020 (CLOSED)

  • Summer II: June 29 - August 16, 2020 (July 13-19 off) (CLOSED)

Register here

Summer 2020: Online Immersion for those Experienced with Java


  • Summer I: June 22 - July 18, 2020 (CLOSED)

  • Summer II: July 20 - August 16, 2020 (CLOSED)

Register here

Summer 2020: California Summer of CS


  • June 18, 2020 - virtual kick-off event

  • June 22 - July 31, 2020 - Online for those new to Java

  • July 6 - July 31, 2020 - Online for those experienced with Java

Scholarships are available for California high school teachers to attend the PD at no cost.

Register here (CLOSED)

Summer 2020: Massachusetts UMass Boston CS PD

This PD will be a virtual experience with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions using the Zoom platform. Synchronous sessions will be delivered by the instructors using video conferencing software. Asynchronous session activities will allow you to work on your own, with the assistance of the instructors.


  • August 3 - 7, 2020 plus two weeks of pre-work starting July 20 for those new to Java

Time commitment:

  • 45 hours for experienced with Java

  • 65 hours for those new to Java (45 hours during the immersion week, plus 20 hours of pre-work)

Limited scholarships and other funding opportunities available for MA teachers.

Apply here. (CLOSED)

Not applying for a scholarship? Register here.

Interested in PD, but not yet ready to register? Complete our Interest Form.

Past Professional Development Offered

  • 2020 Summer

    • Online Summer I

    • Indiana - in partnership with Nextech

    • Maryland - in partnership with Maryland Center for Computing Education

    • Pathfinders Summer Institute - in partnership with the Infosys Foundation USA

    • CSTA Conference Virtual Workshop

    • Intro to Java - 2 week workshop

  • 2020 Pathfinders Winter Institute

  • 2019 CSAwesome Pilot PD (online)