MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia University program and the state Department of Education are working together to prepare teachers in computer science curriculum, the university said.

Teachers also can receive an advanced credential in computer science after completing the program through the WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education’s CodeWV program.

The program has already prepared more than 700 West Virginia educators, the school said Thursday in a news release. There is no cost to teachers or schools to participate.

WVU said the program expects to prepare at least one educator at each grade level in K-5 per school, and at least one teacher in each middle and high school.

Elementary teachers complete a one-day workshop. Middle and high school teachers must apply to participate in the five-day summer program. Four follow-up workshops to support teachers in offering the curriculum are then held on Saturdays throughout the following academic year.

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