Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) knowledge, reasoning, and skills are essential both to prepare students for personal and civic efficacy in the twenty-first century and to prepare and inspire a much larger and more diverse number of students to pursue the innovative and creative careers of the future. In Massachusetts, DLCS instruction includes the areas of computing and society, digital tools and collaboration, computing systems, and computational thinking.
Although, Digital Literacy, Information Technology and Computer Science are distinctive in nature, it is essential to take an inclusive approach to teaching and preparing our students for today's modern society.
The standards represent the core elements of digital literacy and computer science, not the totality of each.
2016 DLCS Curriculum Framework
CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards. (2011)
Computing at School. (n.d.). Retrieved June 2013
Dorling, Mark. (2013). CAS Computing Progressions Pathways (Y1) to KS3 (Y9) by topic
International Society for Technology in Education Student Standards. (2007)
Massachusetts K-12 Computer Science Curriculum Guide. EDC, 2017
Mass.Gov Parents and Youth. (n.d.). Retrieved May 2016
Standards for the 21st Century Learner. (2007)
2021 DLCS Curriculum Guide for Massachusetts Districts — updated 7/6/2021
DLCS in Mathematics
DLCS in Science
Massachusetts K-12 Computer Science Curriculum Guide (2017)
Commonwealth Virtual Schools (CMVS)
Instructional Materials and Professional Development
Quick Reference Guide: Digital Literacy and Computer Science in Kindergarten to Grade 2
Quick Reference Guide: Digital Literacy and Computer Science in Grades 3 to 5
Quick Reference Guide: Digital Literacy and Computer Science in Grades 6 to 8
Quick Reference Guide: Digital Literacy and Computer Science in Grades 9 to 12
The Digital Literacy and Computer Science Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) will be available in late September 2021!
Once an MTEL becomes available, the competency review process for DLCS licensure will end. This is the case regardless of where a candidate is in their pursuit of a DLCS license, including those enrolled in an educator preparation program. Please note that there is a delay in score reporting when a new test is first released. Information about what will be on the test can be found on the Pearson MTEL webpage. Candidates can register for the test on the Evaluation Systems Group (ES) of Pearson website.
Interested in getting the 5–12 DLCS Teacher License?
The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) for this license is coming in late September 2021. Until the MTEL is operational, the Competency Review Process is used for this license. For more information on licensure please refer to the Office of Educator Licensure and the Licensure Requirement Tool.
What are the 5–12 DLCS Teacher subject matter knowledge requirements?
Digital Literacy and Computer Science — Grades 5–12
I have been teaching DLCS for some time now, how can I get credit for my teaching experience?
One of the options for demonstrating subject matter knowledge (SMK) coverage in the new Competency Review Guide is successful teaching experience (DLCS only). To help teachers and administrators identify which SMKs were covered in each course, DLCS Implementation Panel produced several 'Teachers Helping Teachers Resources.' The Course Code and SMK Coverage resource was developed based on the course descriptions or learning objectives for trademark courses (AP, ECS, PLTW, etc.). The course descriptions for most course codes do not include learning objectives and are quite brief: the actual course taught may cover more SMKs then those listed in this resource. This resource is the start of the conversation between the teacher candidate and administrator in identifying which SMKs to include in the 'Successful School-Based Teaching Experience Verification Letter.'
I have an Instructional Technology Specialist or Instructional Technology Teacher license, do the subject matter knowledge requirements overlap?
To assist teachers and administrators in the licensure process, the DLCS Implementation Panel produced several 'Teachers Helping Teachers Resources.' The legacy Instructional Technology and DLCS subject matter knowledge requirement crosswalk resource identified three overlapping requirements. DLCS subject matter knowledge requirements #1, 2, and 3 are met by the legacy Instructional Technology licenses.
Overview of 2016 DLCS Standards
Implementation and Licensure (2017)
General PD Planning Guidance
AP Computer Science Principles PD Providers
Exploring Computer Science PD Providers
Broadening Participation of Elementary Students and Teachers in Computer Science is an NSF project that partners ESE, the Education Development Center (EDC) and school districts around the state. This partnership is developing and piloting instructional curriculum modules to facilitate implementation of the computational thinking strand of the 2016 Digital Literacy and Computer Science standards in grades 1-6.
Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
Computer Science for ALL Students, (CSforALL)
Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA)
Computer Science Teachers Association, Greater Boston (CSTA GB)
Computer Science Teachers Association of Western Massachusetts (CSTA WMass)
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN)
Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE)
Massachusetts Educational Technology Administrators Association (METAA)
Massachusetts Personalized Learning Edtech (MAPLE) Consortium
Massachusetts Technology Education/Engineering Collaborative (MassTec)
National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL)
National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT)
Access to PK-12 Computer Science Courses in Massachusetts, 2016-2017
Community College Pathway to IT and Computing Careers, NCWIT,2018
Degrees of Urgency, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, 2014
High Paying Degrees in Computer Technology, Computer Science Online, 2017
Military Pathways to IT and Computing Careers, NCWIT,2018
Students on STEM, Change the Equation, 2016
Technology Jobs in Massachusetts: The Demand for a Massachusetts Technology Workforce, Burning Glass and Achieve, 2017
Technology Talent Initiative Workforce Plan, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, 2014
The Degree Gap, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, 2016
Trends in The State of Computer Science in U.S. K-12 Schools, Gallup and Google, 2016
University Pathway to IT and Computing Careers, NCWIT,2018
Last Updated: July 9, 2021
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