Cybersecurity Workshop for High School Teachers

Kennesaw State University is current soliciting applicants for a summer workshop in Cybersecurity for High School teachers within the Metro Atlanta region. 

As part of a pilot project to create a certification for Cybersecurity Instructors, Kennesaw State University (KSU) will be sponsoring 25 Metro-Atlanta high school teachers with experience in teaching computer-based classes, in our first ever cohort of Entry Level Certified Cybersecurity Instructors (CCI-E). KSU will covering the costs associated with the instruction and providing meals during the two-day on-site instruction.

The program will consist of an online course (Massive Open Online Course - MOOC) on “Cybersecurity and its 10 Domains”, and continue with an on-site two day workshop where participants will receive additional cybersecurity and security awareness instruction, including how to create, organize and conduct cybersecurity curriculum. Once selected for the program, participants will be expected to complete the first two modules of the MOOC prior to the on-site workshop and the entire MOOC by the end of the summer in order to receive completion certificates, and reimbursement for MOOC registration. Upon completion of the program, participants will be prepared to discuss and teach introductory cybersecurity and security awareness topics, including hands-on computer laboratory exercises. By the end of the year, participants must submit a self-assessment reflection paper indicating how the instruction has improved their ability to teach cybersecurity topics and planned curriculum in cybersecurity at their institution.

To be considered for the program, applicants must:

  • Commit to full participation in the program. Remote or partial participation is not possible.
  • Seriously commit to integrating cybersecurity topics into new or existing courses in science, technology, or computing.
  • Commit to prepare and submit a detailed report, before January 1, 2017, describing steps taken to integrate cybersecurity topics into their high school's curricula, outcomes, perceived student interest, etc. This feedback is essential and will be used to tune future editions of the training program.
  • Submit a signed letter from their principal, on school letterhead, which illustrates strong support for the teacher's participation in this program and for the goals of the program.  This letter should be scanned and emailed to Dr. Mike Whitman at with the subject: K-12 Summer Cybersecurity Workshop.
  • Submit a formal application, through KSU’s Qualtrics survey site: or KSU-Cybersecurity-Workshop.

Participants selected for the workshop will be required to enroll in KSU’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “Cybersecurity and its 10 Domains”. The MOOC is completely online and self-paced. Attendees will be expected to complete the first two modules of the modules in the MOOC prior to the on-site phase of the workshop. The instructors of the MOOC are also instructors in the program, ensuring integration of content and a similarity in approach to delivery of instruction. While there is a $49 certification fee to document participants’ progress in the MOOC, once the participants complete the MOOC and submit their certificate of completion to KSU, they will be reimbursed for this amount.

Additional instructions will be provided to accepted participants. Because of limited space, it is imperative that you complete the application as soon as possible! 

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