Cybersecurity Education Research Lab


There has been an increasing effort in cybersecurity teacher preparation for secondary education in recent years. However, one of the significant challenges teachers face when trying to teach cybersecurity topics is the lack of expertise, time, and resources needed to develop a cybersecurity curriculum for their classrooms. With this need in mind, the goal of this project is to develop a standards-based cybersecurity curriculum for secondary education with the intention to help increase student cybersecurity literacy and build a robust pipeline of future cybersecurity talents. The expected outcome of this project is to provide a comprehensive, ready-to-use, standards-based, hands-on cybersecurity curriculum that is readily available for secondary education teachers to implement in their classrooms.

Experience Gained

Students will perform the following tasks for the project:

  1. Design the cybersecurity activities with the mentors
  2. Perform mission planning
  3. Learn statistical analysis
  4. Research and develop learning activities and lesson plans
  5. Draft scholarly papers
  6. Web development

Majors and Interests Needed

  • Information Technology, Computer Science, Software Engineering
  • Cybersecurity
  • Arts and design – web development, learning materials art design
  • Technical communication and interactive design
  • Instructional education or general education

Team Advisors