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Middle and High School Education

Field Placement

Our program offers two types of field experiences, both of which provide pre-service teachers with opportunities to try a variety of teaching strategies, to develop relationships with students and faculty, and to reflect critically on the teaching experience. The year-long student teaching experience is divided into the fall semester pre-practicum and the spring semester practicum. The practicum includes at least 300 hours in a school setting working with a teacher licensed in the appropriate subject area and grade level. Over the course of the year, pre-service teachers become important members of the school community. They teach courses, develop innovative curriculum, work as tutors, assist as club advisors and coaches, attend parent conferences, and chaperone social events.

Master of Arts in Teaching

Type 1: Traditional Model
Some candidates choose the Traditional Model, student teaching one to two days per week in a school site in the fall semester and become full-time (five days per week) pre-service teachers in the spring semester. This route allows candidates to complete substantial course work in their discipline area during the fall term.

Type 2: UTTC Model
Some candidates opt for the Urban Teacher Training Collaborative (UTTC), working as full-time interns (four days per week in the fall and five days per week in the spring) in urban school sites from late August through May. This route offers candidates a more intensive immersion into teaching and the school community. UTTC interns receive stipends up to ($10,000) and the number of internships is limited; candidates interested in applying for the internship must complete a supplemental essay in their application.

The Placement Process

We are able to place most candidates in their filed sites by the end of June. Prompt, early, and regular communication with Ryan Redmond, Supervisor of Placements, following your decision to enroll at Tufts is essential in making the placement process successful. Incoming MAT candidates should:

Step 1: Think about what grade level you hope to teach and what type of school district interests you.

Step 2: As soon as you are admitted and enroll in the program, contact Ryan at ryan.redmond@tufts.edu or 617.627.2391, in order to discuss your objectives and to identify potential supervising practitioners and school sites.

Step 3: Schedule a visit with the recommended supervising practitioner. Try to see a class, meet some students and get a sense of the school culture. If you are not going to be in the Boston area until after the end of the school year, contact potential supervising practitioners by phone or email to introduce yourself. Ask them about their school, classes, teaching philosophy, etc. Keep Ryan up-to-date on your progress

Master of Arts in Teaching


Candidates are assigned a Program Supervisor who serves as a coach by observing teaching, debriefing observations, reviewing lesson plans and assessments, and supporting your development as a practitioner. The supervisor will observe your teaching at least 4 times over the course of the year.