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Educational Studies

About the Degree

The degree requires 30 credit-hours at graduate levels (courses numbers 100 or above), with at least 18 credit-hours in the Department of Education.

Within those constraints, students have the flexibility to design programs of study specifically around their backgrounds and interests. We match students with faculty advisors, who work with them to create their plans, selecting courses from Education and across the University, and, as appropriate, planning internships, independent studies, or projects. A significant project could develop into a master's thesis.

Just to have some examples, here are a few ideas for programs:

Critical Educational Studies:
Study race, class, gender and other categories of identity, culture, and institutional and structural power as they relate to education. This was the main focus of the program for more than a decade, and it is still a central area of work in the department. Possibilities include

Social-Emotional Learning:
Prepare to promote and advocate for students' emotional health and development. Possibilities include designing a program connected with

Environmental Studies Education:
Study learning in environmental science and policy, drawing on courses in the Tufts Environmental Studies Program. Possibilities include

  • research on learning about environmental science
  • developing curriculum for community outreach
  • connecting to studies of sustainability in Urban and Environmental Policy.

The point is that there are many possibilities. Design a program to study learning in Science Technology and Society, in maker spaces, or… something we're not thinking to list!