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Master of Arts in Teaching - Engineering

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Established in 2010, the Master's of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Engineering was generated out of the generous support of the Kodosky Foundation as a part of a gift to Prepare Engineers as Teachers (PET). The M.A.T. in Engineering is a unique program and breaking new ground in preparing engineers as teachers in Massachusetts. Candidates in the program will undergo an authentic interdisciplinary experience working with faculty, staff, and students in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering.

The program builds on the successful teacher preparation programs of the Tufts Department of Education and the successful collaborations the department has had with development of engineering curriculum and STEM outreach in the Tufts School of Engineering, in particular the work of the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach. The program is designed to create a deeply reflective, intellectual culture of considering engineering in schools that bridges the traditional tensions between research and practice in teacher preparation.


Candidates enroll in our programs to become middle or high school teachers who understand the importance of education in preparing an active, civically-engaged citizenry and who know how to approach new ideas and challenges, such as how to implement standards-based education in an inclusive classroom.

The program leading to licensure endeavor to foster democratic dialogue, vitality, and change. In this way the program reflects a vision of hope and promise for educational change in the communities with whom we place pre-service teachers to practice the skills and competencies of their prospective profession.

The Tufts MAT Program leading to licensure for middle and high school teaching is ordinarily completed within one academic year and two summer semesters, but candidates may choose to extend their studies and practicum experience for a longer period of time. The candidate typically completes 2 summer semesters and one full academic year in a thoughtful scope and sequence of academic course work and field experiences. The field experiences are the focus of the Fall and Spring semesters; courses and field experiences are closely aligned with each other and experienced mentors as well as university supervisors provide valuable feedback and expertise. The summer semesters are focused on academic work in the discipline for which licensure is sought and in foundations and history of educational theory.

Each candidate will have an advisor in Education as well as an advisor from the School of Engineering.

Course Requirements

Course Credits

Course Options

  • ED 101 Introduction to Teaching in Middle and High Schools, which includes the 75-hour pre-practicum experience, is taken in the Fall semester.
  • ED 119 Development of Knowledge and Reasoning in Engineering Education
  • ED 129 The Practices of Teaching Engineering and Design
  • ED 102 The Practicum, a full time student teaching or internship experience with weekly seminar (2 course credits) supervised by university supervisors.
1 or more
  • ED 130 Human Development and Learning
  • ED 230 Seminar in Psychological Studies in Education
1 or more
  • ED 160 Comparative Education
  • ED Sociology of the School
  • ED 162 Class, Race, and Gender in the History of U.S. Education
  • ED 163 Philosophies of Education
1 or more
  • ED 142 Education of the Exceptional Child
  • ED 144 Learning Disabilities in the Classroom
  • Courses in STEM disciplines at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or School of Engineering (with the recommendation of the candidate's advisor)

For more information

Please contact Brian Gravel ( or 617-627-4201) for more information about the program, applying, or financial aid.

Department of Education,  Paige Hall,  Tufts University,  Medford,  MA  02155  |  Tel: (617) 627-3244  |  Fax: (617) 627-3901