Education: Residential M.A.T. Programs

Earn your M.A.T. and Massachusetts initial teacher license in 12 months. 

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Middle and High School Education

Tufts offers a 12-month residential Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program for candidates who are seeking Massachusetts initial teacher license at the middle and high school levels in the following areas:

Grades 5-12: Engineering, English, History, Latin and Classical Humanities, Social Sciences
Grades 5-8 and 8-12: Mathematics
Grades 5-8: General Science
Grades 8-12: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics
Grades PreK-8 and 5-12: Spanish and German

Students in the program will work closely with faculty and peers at Tufts, as well as with a mentor teacher in a school setting, as they begin preparation for teaching. You’ll participate in a year-long field placement and get the opportunity to try a variety of teaching strategies, to develop relationships with students and faculty, and to reflect critically on the teaching experience. In addition to coursework requirements in the Department of Education, students also take two to four graduate level courses in the academic field they plan to teach in.

Art Education

The 12-month Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education prepares art teachers to cultivate their identities and practices as educators, artists, and researchers in our global society. The program is aimed at artists who want to teach in PK-12 schools, after-school programs, or museums. Students take courses in education, art education, and studio art, taught by faculty at Tufts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts.

The program combines student teaching in a Boston area PK-12 school with the opportunity to assist in children’s art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This program prepares students to obtain licensure in visual art for grades PK8 and 5-12.

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Supervisor of Placements and Professional Development; Interim Director of Middle and High School Education
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Application Deadline

Fall: January 2
Fall Round 2 Deadline: March 15
Fall Round 3 Deadline: May 1 (Middle and High School MAT) and May 31 (Art Education)

> Application fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal statement
GRE scores are not required
> Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test, 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 (required for Art Education candidates)


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