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Computer Science Teachers Association and Zulama Launch

the Computer Science and Game Design Teacher Certificate Course

New York, NY - February 24, 2017 - The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) ( and Zulama ( are pleased to announce their recent partnership to provide K - 12 computer science (CS) teachers with professional development (PD) opportunities through the Computer Science and Game Design Teacher Certificate course and badge. Achieving this certificate and earning this badge will strengthen teacher confidence and competence in computer science. With a focus on game design, this course provides teachers with new tools and an engaging approach for teaching computer science in their classrooms.    

A majority of schools lack teachers who are trained in computer science. “Most teachers currently teaching computer science come from other STEM disciplines, such as math and science,” said Dr. Mark R. Nelson, Executive Director of CSTA. “However, we also see teachers coming from nearly every school discipline to teach CS.” One of the strengths of the new certificate is the focus on integration of content into other teaching domains. “Zulama helps all teachers build upon their existing strengths to teach CS with greater confidence, regardless of their specific content-area knowledge,” said Nikki Navta, CEO and founder of Zulama.

The Computer Science and Game Design Certificate, found here, includes a highly interactive, 30-hour online course that guides teachers across three levels of knowledge and expertise and culminates with a capstone project of coding a brand new game based on the lessons learned, which leads to earning a microlearning badge of completion. The course includes rigorous instructional design, references CSTA K - 12 CS standards, and offers teachers multimodal artifacts including videos, tools and tips. It provides teachers with several opportunities to journal their course experiences for self reflection, as well as engage with other teachers during their learning journey.  

CSTA is committed to partnering with organizations that can deliver meaningful and engaging PD programs to K - 12 CS teachers,” said Dr. Nelson. “Zulama has constructed a high-quality program that will appeal to teachers and further enhance their confidence and competence to teach CS in our classrooms.”  

“Zulama combines proven educational methods with the fun of video games to enable teachers and students from many different backgrounds to get excited about computer science.” Nikki Navta concludes, “There are huge gaps in the workforce for computer science, and the skills gained through coding are essential for the 21st century job market.”

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About the Computer Science Teachers Association

The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is a membership organization that supports and promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines. The Association of Computing Machinery founded CSTA as part of its commitment to K - 12 computer science education. With over 25,0000 members, CSTA provides opportunities and Professional Development resources  for K - 12 computer science  teachers to better understand the computing disciplines and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach their students in classrooms nationally and globally.

About Zulama

Faculty at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center helped Zulama develop a program that brings game design, programming, art, and screenwriting to middle- and high-schoolers.

Zulama provides extensive mentor-based professional development so teachers learn to become “Creative Directors” and facilitate our rigorous but fun curriculum in their own classrooms. We help teachers see how both building and playing games satisfies state and national curriculum standards, develops 21st Century Skills, and aligns with the K - 12 Computer Science Framework. Zulama combines STEM with the Arts (STEAM) to give students the skills and creativity they need to thrive in the global digital workplace.


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The Association for Computing Machinery founded CSTA as part of its commitment to K-12 computer science education