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About the Program
Philosophy and Overview
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Art Education program prepares art teachers to contribute to our multicultural society. Our students explore art making and works of art through a variety of cultural, historical, and socio-political lenses, and our graduates make art accessible and sustainable for their students of all ages in diverse communities.
The program is aimed at artists who want to teach in PK-12 schools, after-school programs, or museums. The requirements include student teaching internships at area public schools, fieldwork at the MFA, as well as coursework in art, education, and art education. It is a 12-month program for full time students, beginning with three courses at Tufts in the summer. During the fall and spring semesters, students take courses at the SMFA and work as interns in area schools, observing at first and working up to full-time student teaching in the spring. See the Course Requirements and Field Placement pages for details.
Graduates are eligible for a Massachusetts teaching license, and post-graduation, 88% of our alumni from the past three years are employed in art education. To learn more about license and career information, visit our career services website.
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