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Master of Arts in Teaching - Elementary STEM Education

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The Department of Education announces a newly revised elementary school-level "STEM" teacher preparation program. Graduates receive a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree and initial licensure for grades 1-6. For admission, candidates must show strength in science, mathematics, or engineering, demonstrated through course work, projects, research activities, and/or willingness and interest.

This 12-month program builds on the Department's commitments to urban education and teaching for social justice, with an emphasis on STEM disciplinary practices. Much as doctors begin with the study of how bodies work, the Elementary STEM Education program begins with the study of how minds work, and proceeds from there to develop practices of close attention and responsiveness to children's ideas, reasoning, and engagement. Program faculty see children as nascent scholars and the core of teaching as eliciting, recognizing, and cultivating the productive resources children bring with them into class. Along with STEM disciplines, the program is designed to address multiple literacies, integrating reading, writing, social studies, and art throughout the curriculum. In addition to curricular issues, students in the program will be encouraged to think critically about issues such as matching children's learning needs with instruction, promoting equity, effective classroom management, and establishing and maintaining productive, respectful relationships with parents, communities, and school faculty and staff.

Program Objectives

Graduates from the Elementary STEM Education M.A.T. program will:

  • Understand teaching as an intellectual, collegial, and rigorous profession.
  • Reflect critically on classroom practice, student understandings, cognitive and social-emotional development, and teaching every student in elementary school classroom.
  • Practice close attention and responsiveness to students' thinking and the practices of the STEM disciplines.
  • Develop a foundational understanding of how children learn to read and write, while considering multiple "literacies" that span STEM, ELA, social studies, and the arts.
  • Construct understandings of the role of schools in communities and societies, and examine urban schools as complex dynamic using social justice and equity perspectives.


Faculty in the Department of Education are committed scholars with areas of expertise in teacher education, mathematics education, science education, engineering education, social studies and history education, English education, art education, museum education, educational studies, and school psychology. Candidates in the M.A.T. program will engage with faculty from all areas of the department, as well as with faculty in the disciplinary departments - such as Physics, Biology, Mathematics, Engineering - through a variety of coursework and seminar work. The faculty is firmly grounded in research, with interests including early childhood mathematics, elementary science/mathematics/engineering, art education, and urban education. Thus, candidates in this program are exposed to current ideas, perspectives, theories, and research in areas relevant to the teaching they will be doing in elementary schools. In addition, a dedicated staff of administrators, placement supervisors, and multimedia specialists provide students in this Department of Education with ample resources to be both successful academically and in their career pursuits.


Application to the Elementary STEM Education M.A.T. program is administered by the Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. For more information about the application process click here.

Applicants to this program must have strength in science, mathematics, or engineering, demonstrated through course work, projects, research activities, and/or willingness and interest. A baccalaureate in the sciences, mathematics, or engineering is not required for admission. However, the candidate must demonstrate strengths in the STEM disciplines, and this can be done through transcripts, résumés, and the personal statement submitted with the application. Letters of recommendation are another way of making the case for strength in these areas.

Interview days will be scheduled in March and April (more information TBA), in which candidates will have the opportunity to meet with faculty, with students, visit school sites, and to experience a sense of what the Tufts Elementary STEM Education M.A.T. program entails.

More Information about the MAT Elementary STEM Education Program

If you have further questions, please contact the Director of the Program: Brian Gravel at or 617-627-4201.

Tuition & Fees

The Elementary STEM Education M.A.T. Program has a deep commitment to assisting academically qualified students to afford an excellent graduate education. Opportunities for scholarships, internships, and student employment are available to M.A.T. students. For more information, please see Program Costs & Financial Assistance.

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