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Middle and High School Education

This 12-month Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is for candidates who are seeking Massachusetts Initial teacher license at the middle and high school levels in the following areas:

  • Grades 5-8 and 8-12: English, History, Political Science/Political Philosophy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics
  • Grades 5-8: General Science
  • Grades 5-12: Latin and Classical Humanities
  • Grades PreK-8 and 5-12: French, Spanish, German, Japanese

Our department also partners with the German and Classics Departments to offer two-year MA with teaching license degrees.

Program Director
Linda Beardsley

Welcome message from program director

We all know schools; most of us have spent considerable time in a place called school. In a culture that values education, in a society that requires young people to spend years learning in structured institutions, schools and the education they represent emerge as powerful influences on our lives and our communities. The systems, routines, rituals and values experienced in these places seem familiar to each of us.

In Tufts University's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs, you will be asked to reflect upon the fact that, as familiar as "school" may seem, each of us knows schools, teaching and learning best from our own perspective as a student. But there are many perspectives to consider when you enter school as a teacher. In order to be effective educators for the 21st century, teachers must learn to understand school from multiple perspectives. These include seeing school from the perspective of policy makers, business leaders, teachers, principals, students, school psychologists, and families. As an MAT candidate at Tufts University, you will be asked to practice re-imagining the possibilities of schooling and what you can contribute to as a teacher in a school to help all students to fulfill the promise of their talents and interests.

Welcome and explore these pages that offer you a glimpse into your future as an educator.

Linda Beardsley
Director, Middle and High School MAT Program