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Digital Literacy and Computer Science (5-12)

License only program for Initial Teacher License (5-12): on-campus or off-campus graduate program

Help students gain the skills they need to understand, use, and create technology.

To be full participants in today's society, middle and high school students need to use, assess, and work with technology. If you are an aspiring or current teacher who does not need a Master's degree but would like to enhance or learn computer science skills and teach middle or high school students, this program will give you the tools and skills to teach all students to become digitally literate.

The program covers principles of computer science, digital computing, and programming. It prepares you to teach students to use digital tools for research and collaboration. To become familiar with systems and to use computational thinking. And to prepare for computer science and other innovative jobs of the future. Foster student curiosity and mastery through hands-on experiences such as coding, robotics, and gaming. Help them to learn to use high- and low-tech tools to make creative ideas tangible.

By studying here, you'll work with faculty to co-create practical curriculum ideas and new teaching strategies, put them to use through a student teaching experience, and receive actionable feedback. We're also located in Cambridge, where technology thrives.

Study at New England's premier university for teacher preparation, where we educate more teachers than anyone else in New England. School principals prefer to hire Lesley graduates and believe they're the most prepared for the classroom. (Source: Radius Global Market Research, 2017)

We also offer a Master of Education in Digital Literacy and Computer Science.

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Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus or off-campus program

34 Credits

Gain skills and expertise
Our Digital Literacy and Computer Science program will prepare you to:
Teacher teaching a high school student at a computer
On-Campus Option

Take classes on our Cambridge campus and receive personalized attention and feedback from faculty who are experienced practitioners. Complete a semester-long student-teaching experience in a Massachusetts school, and graduate after approximately 1.5 to 2.5 years.

Small group of students in a classroom setting
Off-Campus Option

Earn your degree studying at an off-campus site one weekend a month, in eight-week semesters, with a small group of fellow students. You'll know your entire program schedule before you begin, and will complete the program in about two years. 

$78,100
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts, according to the National Education Association.
#1
Superintendents and other hiring managers across Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, reporting that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. (Source: Radius Global Market Research)
Top Schools
Massachusetts ranks as the best state to be a teacher, with some of the highest performing schools and best salaries in the country, according to US News.
Faculty Sue Cusack
Sue Cusack
Sue is the director of the Digital Literacy and Computer Sciences programs, as well as of the Lesley STEAM Learning Lab (and makerspace). Her work involves designing maker learning experiences and supporting the systemic adoption of the maker mindset; using technology to facilitate and amplify meaningful, inclusive, and culturally responsive learning opportunities; and modeling and advocating for universal design and accessibility.
The degree employers are looking for.
Lesley graduates go on to rewarding careers in public and private schools, charter schools, and beyond. That's because our programs are ranked #1 for preparing teachers with the skills Massachusetts employers are seeking, including:
Important Licensure Information

All Lesley University educator licensure programs comply with current Massachusetts educational requirements, as specified. In addition, Massachusetts participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement, which makes it possible for an educator to have their Massachusetts license/s recognized across the United States. Depending on your professional goals, where you reside or plan to teach, and the licensure structures that exist within that state, there are diverse pathways to licensure that may be relevant. In accordance with Lesley University’s institutional participation in SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) and with federal regulations, Lesley University strongly encourages prospective applicants who intend to pursue licensure in a state other than Massachusetts review the Lesley University Licensure and Credentialing page for more information.

Graduate Educational/Instructional Technology Programs

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this license only program.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science (5-12)
  • Tuition
    $850/credit x 34
    $28,900
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $160
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $100
    Activity Fees
    $90
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

  • Tuition
    $650/credit x 34
    $22,100
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $160
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $100
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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Total approximate cost for this license only program. Tuition and fees are for the 2020-2021 academic year.
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