Digital Literacy and Computer Science (5-12)

Master of Education (M.Ed.) with Initial Teacher License (5-12), on-campus or teacher residency program

Teach students to use, create, and communicate with digital resources.

To succeed in modern society, middle and high school students will need to know how to use, assess, and work with technology—that is, to acquire digital literacy. To answer questions like: What's the best device for this situation? Is this a software or a hardware problem, and how do I solve it? How can I use technology to help clean up the environment? To cure a disease?

This initial licensure program covers the principles of computer science, digital computing, makerspace activities, and programming for grades 5–12. It prepares you to teach all students to be collaborative problem solvers and to understand the relationship between computing and society. To use digital tools and research. To become familiar with systems and to use computational thinking. And to pursue the computer science and related careers 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 ignite student curiosity and engagement through hands-on experiences such as coding, robotics, and gaming. You'll learn how to help students learn to use high- and low-tech tools to make creative ideas tangible. And at Lesley, we incorporate equity and social justice issues into all of our courses. Some coursework will be delivered online.

If you are an aspiring or current teacher wishing to enhance or learn computer science skills and teach middle or high school students, this program will give you the opportunity to earn a master’s degree and a license in Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) for grades 5-12, a new Massachusetts license area.

We also offer a license-only program in Digital Literacy and Computer Science.

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus program, or full-time teacher residency program

34 Credits
Gain skills and expertise
Our Digital Literacy and Computer Science program will prepare you to:
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Teacher Residency Option

Start in June 2020. Take this program at the Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School in Marlborough, MA. You'll take the program full time, finishing in just about 14 months. Some classes and all of your student teaching will be done at the school; other classes will be online and in Cambridge. Get a Master's degree and Initial license, all in half the time of a regular program. 

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Faculty Sue Cusack
Sue Cusack
Program director Sue Cusack's 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. She also teaches technology courses.
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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:


Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2019–2020 academic year.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science (5-12)
  • Tuition
    $840/credit x 34
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    Registration Fees
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    Materials Fees
    Activity Fees
    Degree Completion Fee
    Practicum Fee
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Estimated Cost

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

Teacher Residency (Collaborative Internship)

Teacher Residency pricing varies from school to school. Contact Graduate Admissions for pricing information at 888.LESLEY.U / 617.349.8300 or

The Office of Veterans Affairs has determined that Teacher Residency programs are not eligible Veteran’s Benefits under the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.

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