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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Office of Graduate Admissions
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:


David Hammer
Professor and Chair
Ph.D. , University of California
Physics education; Director of the Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction
Susan Barahal
M.Phil. , Boston University
Director of Art Education
Linda Beardsley
Senior Lecturer
M.Ed. , Tufts University
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
Andrew Izsak
Andrew Izsak
Ph.D. , U.C. Berkeley
Director of STEM Education
Steven Luz-Alterman
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. , Adelphi University
Co-Director, School Psychology Program
Silas Pinto
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. , University of Rhode Island
Co-Director of the School Psychology Program
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
Interim Director of Middle and Secondary Teacher Education
Erin Seaton
Ed.D. , Harvard Graduate School of Education
School Psychology

Application Deadline

Fall: December 15 (STEM Education Ph.D. only) 
        January 2 (M.A.T. and M.A.)
        January 15 (M.S. and Ph.D.)


> Application fee
> Resume/CV
> 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.

> 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.

> Official GRE scores
> Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of recommendation


> Application fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal statement
> Official GRE required

- GRE scores are not required for current Tufts undergraduates, 2016 & 2017 Tufts undergraduate alumni, and Art Education candidates 

> Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of recommendation

- 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. 

> Writing sample

- Required for Art Education, Middle and High School Education, and School Psychology. A writing sample in the language of specialization is required for applicants seeking licensure in a foreign language. 

> Supplemental essay 

- An additional essay is required for applicants to the MAT Middle/High School (non-Art) program who are applying for an Urban Teacher Training Collaborative (UTTC) track: In up to 500 words, please tell us why you are seeking an intensive teacher training experience in an urban setting. What experiences have prepared you for working in an urban school and how will doing so contribute to your professional goals? 



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