Teaching Introduction to Computer Science in Python

The CodeHS Introduction to Python course teaches the fundamentals of computer programming as well as some advanced features of the Python language. With the CodeHS online Professional Development course, we'll train teachers at your school to teach an excellent introductory Python course. No programming experience is required. Teachers will gain the skills, pedagogical knowledge, resources, and confidence to lead a great introductory computer science class with CodeHS.

  • No programming experience required

  • Flexible self-paced timeframe

  • In-course support with an instructor

Course Overview

Here is an outline of the modules:


Get an overview of the Intro Python Professional Development course. Learn about key principles and ideas for teaching the course, discuss access and equity in the field of Computer Science, and set goals and expectations for how to make the most out of this course.

Programming Bootcamp

Dive in and learn the basics of programming in Python by working through some of the Introduction to Computer Science in Python curriculum.

Using CodeHS

In this short module you will gain an understanding of what CodeHS brings to your classroom, and learn how to use the CodeHS platform effectively.

Teaching Tracy the Turtle

In this module we'll go over teaching the basics of programming with Tracy the Turtle. We will cover common misunderstandings, explain ways to teach these concepts in the classroom, and how to grade student programs.

Teaching Intro Python

This module covers the pedagogy behind teaching introductory programming topics in Python. We will cover common misunderstandings, explain ways to teach these concepts in the classroom, and how to grade student programs.

Basics of Debugging

Debugging is locating and fixing errors in programs, and is one of the most important skills for your own programming as well as grading others’ code. In this module we’ll identify common errors, and teach you effective debugging strategies that you can model and teach to your students.

Teaching a Blended Coding Class

Learn what leading a blended classroom with both online and offline activities looks like, and learn helpful ideas and best practices for incorporating online learning into a traditional classroom.

Course Format

Our professional development course is offered entirely online and is made up of a series of learning modules that cover both the basics of programming and the pedagogy of teaching programming in a blended classroom. Each module is made up of short video tutorials, programming exercises, open-ended responses, debugging problems, and grading practice.

The course is high-touch, with teachers receiving personalized feedback and support from our PD team after completing each activity. The course takes approximately 30 hours. Teachers can complete it on their own time, during summer, school professional development days, or school holidays.