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
gradadmissions@tufts.edu

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

  • 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 and Director Art Education Program
Susan Barahal
Lecturer
Ph.D. , 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; Director of Undergraduate Education
Julia Gouvea
Associate 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
Silas Pinto
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. , University of Rhode Island
Director of the School Psychology Program
Shameka Powell
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Wisconsin-Madison
Co-director of Educational Studies
Ryan Redmond
Lecturer
M.A.T. , Tufts University
Supervisor of Placements and Professional Development; Interim Director of Middle and High School Education
Cynthia Robinson
Senior Lecturer
M.S. , Bank Street College of Education
Director of Museum Studies
Noelle Roop, Lecturer, Department of Education
Noelle Roop
Lecturer
Ed.D. , Northeastern University– School Psychology
School Psychology
Erin Seaton
Senior 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.)

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.

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

Master's:

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

- GRE scores are not required for current Tufts undergraduates, Tufts undergraduate alumni who are within 2 years of graduation, 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. 

> 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? 

> Art portfolio (for Art Education candidates only)

 

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