The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Middle and High School Education is designed for candidates 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
As a student in the program, you will work closely with faculty and peers at Tufts, as well as with a mentor teacher in a school setting as you prepare for teaching. You'll participate in a year-long field placement where you'll get the opportunity to develop relationships with students and faculty, learn about the inner workings of a school, try a variety of teaching strategies, and reflect critically on the teaching experience. Through your coursework, you will develop an understanding of the crucial theoretical frameworks in Education and learn how to effectively move between the theoretical and the practical. In addition to coursework requirements in the Department of Education, you'll also take two graduate level courses in the academic field you plan to teach in
See Tuition and Financial Aid information for GSAS Programs. Note: This program is eligible for federal loans and Tufts tuition scholarships.
Each state has its own requirements for licensure. It is our duty to disclose our approvals and requirements.
Our MAT program is an approved initial teacher licensure program by the Massachusetts Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE). As such, the program requires that all required practicum hours for licensure be completed in person at a public or approved charter school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. While the required course work is offered online, the program is limited to candidates who can commit to completing their practicum in Massachusetts.
If you intend to teach outside of Massachusetts once you complete the program, it is not determined whether this program meets your home state requirements for initial licensure. It is your responsibility to complete any due diligence for reciprocity with other state licensure requirements. Please see the following table link for contact information for your home state’s licensure agency to confirm whether this program will meet your home state’s requirement for licensure. (Table)
*Sources: GSAS-SOE Graduate Exit Survey 2020 - 2021 and Academic Analytics (Alumni Insights)