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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.

Graduate Program Inquiry Form

Program Structure

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

34 Credits
On-Campus Graduate Education Programs

Our on-campus programs are offered in a combination of face-to-face, remote synchronous via Zoom, or asynchronous online courses. Whatever the delivery mode, you'll get the same careful attention and support from our dedicated faculty and staff.

Please contact luadmissions@lesley.edu if you have any questions.

Off-Campus Option for Spring

In our off-campus programs, you'll study with the same cohort of students one weekend a month in eight-week semesters, and earn your degree in about two years. You’ll know your program schedule before you begin, making planning easier. And due to pandemic circumstances, our off-campus programs, usually held at in-person sites, have shifted to remote synchronous. This means you can join via Zoom from wherever you are. Classes will be at specified times (synchronous), so you must attend virtual classes during the scheduled class time.

A new cohort for this program will start in Spring of 2023.

617.349.8300
luadmissions@lesley.edu

Gain skills and expertise
Our Digital Literacy and Computer Science program will prepare you to:
$82,042
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts (2019), 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

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

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

  • Tuition
    $650/credit x 34
    $22,100
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $240
    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.

  • Tuition
    $487.50 x 34
    $16,575
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $240
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $100
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Because of our commitment to offering affordable and accessible educational opportunities in Bristol County through our New Bedford location, if you live or work in Bristol County, Massachusetts you are eligible for a reduced tuition rate in select academic programs. Students who are enrolled in eligible graduate programs will receive a 25% scholarship discount off our regular off-campus tuition rate.  

Students who do not live or work in Bristol County who wish to take courses through our New Bedford location will be assessed the regular off-campus tuition rate of $650/credit.

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 2021-2022 academic year.
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