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Elementary STEM Education

Please note: The Elementary STEM M.A.T. program is not accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. We plan to accept applications in January 2020 for Summer 2020 enrollment. Please contact the director with any questions you may have.

Elementary STEM graduates receive a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree and endorsement for Initial license for grades 1-6. For admission, candidates must show strength in science, mathematics, or engineering, demonstrated through coursework, projects, research activities, and/or willingness and interest.

Program Director
Brian Gravel

Welcome message from program director

Teaching is an intellectually rich, personally fulfilling, and humanizing career. The Elementary STEM program welcomes passionate, committed, and intellectually curious students who seek to build a strong foundation as they become teachers. Over the course of the program, we hope to challenge your assumptions, to hone your skills of listening to and understanding student's thinking, and to support you in developing your core values of what meaningful teaching and learning looks like. We place the doing of science, math, engineering, and other subjects at the heart of our work and emphasize the importance of nurturing the intellectual lives of young people. And, we hope to challenge your thinking around who school works for, what barriers students confront, what challenges are present in urban schooling, and how you as a teacher can work to address the complexities and inequities you face in schools. It is an intense year, and we cannot teach you all you need to know in 12 months; we teach you how to learn how to teach. You will leave this program prepared to embrace the challenges of your career and to develop into a thoughtful, competent, and reflective educator.

I encourage you to contact current and former students to ask about their experiences both in and after the Elementary STEM M.A.T. program. Exploring the Field Placements page will help you understand what the student-teaching requirements are for the program, and the Program Requirements page will help you learn about the courses you will take should you join us here at Tufts!

Brian Gravel
Director, Elementary STEM MAT Program