Education: STEM Education

Study and research learning and teaching in math, science, and engineering.

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

The M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education will prepare researchers and educators who will contribute to improve STEM education. The program involves collaborations with Tufts departments of Child Study and Human Development, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy, as well as the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach.

M.S. in STEM Education
The M.S. in STEM Education prepares educators to work on the development and implementation of research, curriculum materials, and educational activities in settings such as schools, research centers, museums, industry, cultural institutions, and community agencies. The M.S. program all prepares future candidates for Ph.D. programs.

Ph.D. in STEM Education
The Ph.D. in STEM Education prepares educators, researchers, and university faculty to advance knowledge in STEM Education through original research.

M.S./Ph.D. in Physics Education
The M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Physics Education combine curriculum from the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Education.

Joint Ph.D. in STEM Education and Cognitive Science
The interdisciplinary Ph.D. program combines curriculum from the STEM Education program and the Cognitive Science program. Students in this program will have two advisors, one in the “home department” and a secondary advisor in the discipline of Cognitive Science.

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Andrew Izsak
Andrew Izsak
Ph.D. , U.C. Berkeley
Director of STEM Education
Bárbara M. Brizuela
Professor and Dean of Academic Affairs
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Mathematics education, early childhood education, and cognitive development
Julia Gouvea
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of California, Davis
Biology education
Brian Gravel
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Tufts University
Director of Elementary Education
David Hammer
Professor and Chair
Ph.D. , University of California
Physics education; Director of the Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction
Kristen Bethke Wendell - Assistant Professor
Kristen Bethke Wendell
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Tufts University
Engineering Education, Design Practices, Learning Sciences

Application Deadline

Fall: December 15 (STEM Education PhD only)
        January 15 (MS and PhD)



> 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. 

> GRE scores are not required
> Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of recommendation


> Application fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal statement
> In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the availability of standardized testing, GRE test scores will be optional for students applying to this program for Fall 2021 admissions.
> Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of recommendation


For questions about the STEM Education programs, please contact Andrew Izsak, graduate program director. 

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

Telephone: (617) 627-3244