2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog

Licensure Only: Digital Literacy and Computer Science (5-12) 34 credits

This program of study is pending full approval by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Initial Teacher License in Digital Literacy/Computer Science (5-12) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Please note that informal approval is a limited approval. Individuals who complete informally approved programs will be eligible to receive licensure in Massachusetts, but may not enjoy full reciprocity benefits for licensure in other states that have signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement with Massachusetts.

"Meaningful participation in modern society requires fluency in the uses of, impact of, and ability to manipulate technology for living, learning and working. Students of all backgrounds should be prepared for personal and civic efficacy in the 21st century and should have the opportunity to consider innovative and creative technology-based careers of the future" (Mitchell Chester, former Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2016). With this mandate in mind, this licensure-only program offers educators the opportunities to teach all students the elements of computer programming and digital literacy.

Courses required for completion of this non-degree, licensure-only program may be waived based on equivalent previous coursework or past experience. Courses waived will reduce the total number of program credits. Minimum credits required: 18.

Program prerequisites: Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university.

Program of Study

Courses may have prerequisites for registration; please check course descriptions before registering. All courses must be completed before the practicum, and many courses include field-based assignments.

Education Courses (16 credits)

EEDUC 6203Principles of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment in the Inclusive Secondary Classroom


EEDUC 6100Adolescent Development


EEDUC 6215Effective Management of Secondary Inclusive Classrooms


EEDUC 6166Classroom Assessment for Middle School and High School Teachers


EECLD 6116Sheltered English Instruction (5-12)


Digital Literacy and Computer Science Courses (12 credits)

ECOMP 6205Leaning into the Future with the Pedagogy of Making


ECOMP 6206Principles of Computer Science


ECOMP 6207Coding and Design


EDSCI 6018Learning, Design, and Robotics: Gateway to Critical Thinking


Practicum and Seminar (6 credits)

ECOMP 7201Practicum & Seminar in Digital Literacy & Computer Science 5-12


Practicum prerequisites: Successful completion of a 75-hour early field experience and required pre-practicum courses; satisfactory completion of appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) requirements. This full-time, full-semester experience is accompanied by a weekly seminar and requires a field experience fee.