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Digital Literacy and Computer Science (5-12)

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

Teach middle and high school students to use, create, and learn with digital resources.

In this technology-dependent world, young people need more than ever to be digitally literate. If you are an aspiring or current middle or high school teacher wishing to become a school or district technology expert, this program will help you reach your goal. You'll learn how to teach students to understand the critical fundamentals of technology and engage them with coding, robotics, and gaming. You'll discover how to prepare them to pursue the computer science and related careers of the future.

Explore digital tools and the essentials of computer science, makerspace activities, and programming. Learn to use systems and computational thinking. Discover ways to teach all students to be collaborative problem solvers, and to help them use high- and low-tech tools to make 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.

At Lesley, we incorporate creativity, equity, and social justice issues into all our courses. And because we encourage self-reflection and exploration, you'll begin to develop a greater understanding of students with different learning styles, cultures, and languages.

Come 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)

If you don't need a master's degree, we also offer a license-only program 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:
High school teacher sitting with 2 students
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.

Students in classroom off-campus, with focus on one boy student sitting with hands folded on the table with a laptop in front of him.
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. 

Start this program in Sturbridge, MA, in November, 2020.

$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
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.
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.

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2020–2021 academic year.
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

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

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

  • Tuition
    $850/credit x 34
    $28,900
  • 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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Your degree is an investment, and we're committed to ensuring its value. That's why we offer the best teacher education in Massachusetts, at competitive tuition rates.
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