Becoming an AP CS Principles Instructor

Update: Please review these five steps released by the College Board.

Below is an overview of the process of becoming an AP instructor and offering the Mobile CSP course for AP credit in 2016-2017.

Note: No official certification is needed.

By now you should have had the Mobile CS Principles course approved by your district and school to teach it during the 2015-2016 academic year and if possible the 2016-2017 academic year. Now it is time to consider preparing to be an AP course instructor for the 2016-2017 academic year. The steps for this process are outlined below.

Step 1: Your school AP administrator must grant permission to the teacher to teach an AP course.
Determine who your school AP administrator is, often it is the guidance counselor, but your supervisor will know for certain. Ask about becoming an AP teacher at your school.

Step 2: Your school AP administrator must nominate the teacher by identifying the teacher on the College Board website.
Once you have permission to be an AP teacher and offer an AP course, your AP administrator will need to add your name, for your school, on the College Board website.

Step 3: Discuss with your supervisor and AP administrator about attending an AP Teacher training.
You will need to complete AP teacher training which is often either a 1-3 day workshop during the academic year or a week long summer training. Check with your supervisor/department about funding to cover the training. For more information about the training please visit: Note: Given that the AP CS Principles course is new, the first AP teacher training for the course will occur in Summer 2016. Continue to check the AP site for details as they become available.

Step 4: Beginning in March 2016, the teacher then submits a syllabus to the College Board for review.
Your syllabus should be based off of the AP CS Principles Curriculum Framework, including the seven big ideas and learning objectives. It is strongly recommended that you join the AP Teacher Community for CSP. To do so go to and follow the instructions on the right hand side to sign in (follow the instructions to create an account if you do not have one). After signing in, request access to the group with a note that you are with the Mobile CSP project. Wait until your request is answered by the moderator (usually within 24 hours) and then click the link above to sign in to the community site. Once you have joined the community you will find many informative documents. Our official Mobile CSP syllabus has been approved. Tteachers may use it for a quicker response/acceptance time. Please see Lesson 1.12 for the latest updates on our approved syllabus. Also, you may wish to search for “CSP Syllabus Development Guide” as a draft guide with instructions from the College Board was posted in April 2015.

Step 5: The College Board will respond back and may require changes to the syllabus.
If changes are required, make the necessary changes and send your syllabus back. Continue this process until your syllabus is approved by the College Board.