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NCF #CyberChat: Why We Need to Teach Cybersecurity & How to Become Certified

Thursday, December 2, 2021
6:00 pm6:45 pm
Online via Nepris

As cybersecurity positions go unfilled, many businesses, industries, and by extension, citizens in the US, become vulnerable. To help close the gap, a recent National Security Agency grant will create the National Cybersecurity Teaching Academy (NCTA). The aim is to create highly qualified instructors in K-12 areas of education that can draw students to the workforce and higher education.

The NCTA will offer a 12-credit hour graduate certificate to high school teachers and will include coursework on teaching cybersecurity, foundations of cybersecurity, network security, and advanced topics. Three universities (DePaul, University of Louisville, and UA Little Rock) will be offering the virtual program, with a little bit of variation depending on the university's program. The program will begin in Summer 2022. The application will open in December. 90 teachers will receive scholarship support to participate in the program.

A panel of cybersecurity educators as well as Jenny Daugherty of Teach Cyber will be present to discuss topics in cybersecurity education, including the High School Cybersecurity Curriculum Guidelines, and answer any questions teachers may have in general or about this new professional opportunity.

Register via Nepris to attend the live session or to request to be emailed when the recording is available. We will also post a link to the recording on our website. You must have at least a free Nepris account to attend the live session or view the recording. REGISTER via the link below.

To view an archive of past NCF #CyberChats - please click the link below.

Key Questions

* What is the NCTA and how can I apply to be a part of the 12 credit graduate program?
* What does the program entail?
* How can I apply for scholarship support to pay for the program?
* How can my school start teaching cybersecurity to students?

Expected Outcomes

* Teaching cybersecurity to school age students is critical to our country.
* There are pathways to teaching cybersecurity and to gaining professional development to continue to deliver rigorous curriculum to our students.

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