Digital Literacy and Computer Science (5-12)

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

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

To be a fully participating member of today's society, middle and high school students need to acquire digital literacy—that is, the ability to use, assess, and work with technology. This initial licensure program will give you the tools and skills to teach all students to become digitally literate. It covers principles of computer science, digital computing, and programming for grades 5–12.

It prepares you to teach all students to understand the relationship between computing and society. To use digital tools and 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. 

Develop practical curriculum ideas and new teaching strategies, put them into practice through student teaching experience, and receive feedback from your supervising teachers and faculty. You'll be ready to foster student curiosity and mastery of skills through hands-on experiences such as coding, robotics, and gaming. You'll also help them to learn to use high- and low-tech tools to make creative ideas tangible. And at Lesley, we value and incorporate social justice and equity into all of our courses. Some coursework will be delivered online.

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 a license in Digital Literacy and Computer Science for grades 5-12, a new Massachusetts license area.

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

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus program

34 Credits

Gain skills and expertise
Our Digital Literacy and Computer Science program will prepare you to:
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts, according to the National Education Association.
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:
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Total approximate cost for this license only program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018–2019 academic year.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science (5-12)
  • Tuition
    $840/credit x 34
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fees
    Registration Fees
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    Materials Fees
    Activity Fees
    Degree Completion Fee
    Practicum Fee
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