Education

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
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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.T in Art Education Learning Objectives
  • Develop critical, scholarly knowledge and reflective, pedagogic skills through the lens of multicultural art education while considering the role of art and visual culture in the lives of pre‐kindergarten to grade twelve school students and their communities
  • Consider art making, culture making, and art teaching in the sociopolitical context of United States and world histories, current events, and community experiences
  • Investigate various philosophies in the field of art education including, but not limited to, postmodernism and multiculturalism, which will inform the development of students’ philosophy for teaching art
  • Affirm current artistic practices and expand studio skills for application and translation into pre‐kindergarten to grade twelve school settings, as well as participate in community arts events
  • Consider and investigate the role of technology and new media in the professional practices of art education
  • Consider the needs of all pre‐kindergarten to grade twelve students, including students with special needs and English Language Learners
  • Develop differentiated art curricula, instructional strategies, and use of age‐appropriate art materials/media and technologies
  • Link curriculum theory and practice by critiquing, studying, writing, and implementing lesson plans and curriculum, for pre‐kindergarten to grade twelve school settings
  • Engage with museums and cultural institutions in the professional practices of art teachers through real‐time and web‐based experiences with museum educators and museum/gallery exhibitions
  • Be prepared to create a safe learning environment and employ a variety of classroom management strategies
  • Meet all program requirements in order to be eligible to apply for the Massachusetts Teacher License in Visual Art at the Initial Level (for either PK-8 or 5-12 grade levels)
  • Be prepared to enter professional teaching communities in PK-12 schools and be knowledgeable of employment opportunities, job search processes, professional portfolios, and interview skills
M.A.T in Elementary STEM Learning Objectives
  • Understand teaching as an intellectual, collegial, and rigorous profession.
  • Reflect critically on classroom practice, student understandings, cognitive and social-emotional development, and teaching every student in elementary school classrooms.
  • Practice close attention and responsiveness to students' thinking and the practices of the STEM disciplines.
  • Develop a foundational understanding of how children learn to read and write, while considering multiple "literacies" that span STEM, ELA, social studies, and the arts.
  • Construct understandings of the role of schools in communities and societies, and examine urban schools as complex and dynamic places using social justice and equity perspectives.


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.

M.S. in STEM Education Learning Objectives

Develop and exhibit a deep understanding of the:

  • Theory and research on learning, development, and teaching; cognitive science; and the sociocultural foundations of education, both broadly and within their discipline
  • Developmental, pedagogical, content specific, and sociocultural challenges inherent in teaching and learning
  • Research methods and results appropriate for the development of studies that will contribute to new theoretical insights and practical approaches to education
  • Knowledge and practices in their respective disciplines

Develop abilities to:

  • Express themselves and disseminate in effective ways, through different media, the results of their research (for example, orally, in writing, through video)
  • Address questions of educational and social relevance grounded in disciplinary knowledge, where relevance refers both to the field at large and to students’ particular professional experiences and interests
  • Collaborate with others on joint research projects
  • Situate their research within a global and international community
  • Understand the importance of respecting the children, teachers, students, and educators with whom they work

 

Ph.D in STEM Education Learning Objectives

Develop and exhibit a deep understanding of the:

  • Theory and research on learning, development, and teaching; cognitive science; and the sociocultural foundations of education, both broadly and within their discipline
  • Developmental, pedagogical, content specific, and sociocultural challenges inherent in teaching and learning
  • Research methods and results appropriate for the development of studies that will contribute to new theoretical insights and practical approaches to education
  • Knowledge and practices in their respective disciplines
  • Theory and research on learning and teaching in their disciplines
  • Develop abilities to:
  • Express themselves and disseminate in effective ways, through different media, the results of their research (for example, orally, in writing, through video)
  • Address questions of educational and social relevance grounded in disciplinary knowledge, where relevance refers both to the field at large and to students’ particular professional experiences and interests
  • Collaborate with others on joint research projects
  • Situate their research within a global and international community
  • Understand the importance of respecting the children, teachers, students, and educators with whom they work
  • Build on the work of others and eventually contribute to the corpus of human knowledge and understanding in their fields
  • Formulate researchable questions, design methods for addressing them, execute empirical studies, and validate conclusions

 

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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Faculty

David Hammer
Professor and Chair
Ph.D. , University of California
Physics education; Director of the Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction
Susan Barahal
Lecturer
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
Professor
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
Lecturer
M.A.T. , Tufts University
Supervisor of Placements and Professional Development
Cynthia Robinson
Lecturer
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
Lecturer
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.)
Round 2 for Fall 2019: May 15 (M.A.T., M.A., and M.S. only)
        
 

Doctorate:

> 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

Masters:

> 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

Email: education@tufts.edu
Telephone: (617) 627-3244