The Department of Education is home for the study of how people learn and how to help people learn. Many of our students are preparing to work in schools, as teachers or as school psychologists; some are preparing for careers in museums and some for careers in education research.

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Bendetson Hall
Medford, MA 02155
(617) 627-3395

Teacher Preparation Degree Programs

These programs are for students seeking initial teacher licensure. Teachers and specialists who wish to further their study in education and educational research, please see options below in Educational Studies, Museum Education and STEM Education.

Master of Arts in Teaching Degrees

M.A. with Teacher Licensure

M.S., Ph.D. in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education 

The M.S. and Ph.D. program in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education will prepare researchers and educators who will contribute to improve STEM Education.

Ph.D. in Education: Physics Education

The Ph.D. program in Physics Education combines curriculum from the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Education.

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Related Programs:


Sabina Elena Vaught
Sabina Elena Vaught
Associate Professor and Interim Chair of Education
Ph.D. , University of Wisconsin-Madison
Director of the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Susan Barahal
M.Phil. , Boston University
Director of Art Education
Linda Beardsley
Senior Lecturer
M.Ed. , Tufts University
Director of Middle and High School Teacher Education
Bárbara M. Brizuela
Professor and Dean of Academic Affairs
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Mathematics education, early childhood education, and cognitive development
Steven Cohen
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. , Brandeis University
High school history
Julia Gouvea
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of California, Davis
Biology education
Brian Gravel
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Tufts University
Director of Elementary Education
David Hammer
Ph.D. , University of California
Physics education; Director, STEM Education
Michelle Holliday-Stocking
Ph.D., Sociology , Portland State University
Health and social inequalities, suicide prevention, community-university partnerships, anti-bullying policy, and education
Steven Luz-Alterman
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. , Adelphi University
Co-Director, School Psychology Program
Silas Pinto
Ph.D. , University of Rhode Island
School Psychology
Shameka Powell
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Wisconsin-Madison
Educational Studies
Ryan Redmond
M.A.T. , Tufts University
Supervisor of Placements and Professional Development
Cynthia Robinson
M.S. , Bank Street College of Education
Director of Museum Studies
Laura Rogers
Senior Lecturer
Ed.D. , Harvard University
Co-Director, School Psychology Program
Erin Seaton
Ed.D. , Harvard Graduate School of Education
School Psychology

The application deadline for fall admission is January 15 for M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. programs in education, and January 2 for M.A.T. (Art Education, Elementary STEM, and Middle and High School Education) applicants.

GRE General Test scores required of all applicants, except for the following:

  • Current Tufts undergraduates
  • Tufts undergraduate alumni within two years of graduating

M.A.T. in Art Education applicants must submit a portfolio. GREs are not required for this program.

Middle/High School M.A.T. candidates: Two of the three letters of recommendation should be from academic professionals representing the subject area in which the applicant is seeking licensure.

M.A.T. or M.A. with licensure in a foreign language:  Please submit a writing sample in the language of specialization.

Physics & STEM Ph.D. applicants: 

Personal statement: Tell us about what motivates you to study STEM Education at Tufts. In this we are hoping for a reflection about your experiences and personal objectives, 1500-2500 words.

Scholarly writing sample: Where the personal statement is about you, this should be a sample of your scholarly writing about a topic in STEM Education, citing references from relevant literature. Feel free to send a paper you've already written, for a course or for publication, or write something new focused on problems you are interested to study.

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For questions about education programs, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the appropriate graduate program director:

Department of Education
12 Upper Campus Road, Paige Hall
Medford, Massachusetts 02155

Telephone: (617) 627-3244