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Combined Degree Programs in Teacher Preparation

These programs are intended for students who know they would like to seek a graduate degree in teaching. We do not recommend students pursue both an undergraduate major and a graduate degree in Education.

The Department of Education offers three combined degree programs in Teacher preparation in the following areas:

  • B.F.A/M.A.T. in Art Education
  • B.A. or B.S./M.A.T. in Elementary STEM Education
  • B.A. or B.S./M.A.T. in Middle and High School Education

These demanding Bachelors/Masters programs permit academically exceptional Tufts students to complete the 120 credit-hour undergraduate degree and 30 credit-hour master degree in five years. Applicants are urged to seek academic advising as early as possible if they are considering this path.

If you have questions regarding one of these combined degrees please contact the graduate program director:

Admission Process and Criteria

Admission to the graduate degree portion of the program is separate from the undergraduate degree portion. Students must apply to the graduate program by the end of the spring semester of their junior year.

Applicants are required to submit 2 letters of recommendation, are exempted from the GRE requirement, and are not required to pay the graduate application fee. Details of degree requirements are forthcoming.

Students seeking admission to a combined degree program in Teacher preparation should consult with their undergraduate major advisor, the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, and the director of the graduate program.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Combined degree students are responsible for payment of the undergraduate and graduate tuitions. The graduate degree scholarship committee will take the undergraduate degree scholarship package into consideration when making decisions.

Tuition for the graduate program covers the graduate curriculum, starting with up to two Tufts graduate summer courses, if required for the degree, taken after the student’s senior year. For approved shared graduate-level course credit-hours, described below, the graduate tuition will be reduced by the cost of the shared credit-hours up to six credit-hours. Graduate continuation fees are applicable after one year. There is a one-year residency requirement for the graduate program. Students are not eligible for graduate teaching assistantships unless the bachelor's degree is completed.

General Curriculum

Graduates of the combined degree program in Teacher preparation will complete all the academic requirements for both their undergraduate degree and graduate degree. See the graduate program's website for courses and requirements.

Admitted and enrolled students may be permitted to apply up to six credit-hours of >100-level Tufts coursework, taken as part for the undergraduate degree requirements, towards the master's degree requirements. These shared graduate-level course credit-hours must be part of the master's degree requirements and must adhere to the policies in the graduate student handbook and department student handbook.

Degrees conferred

Graduates of the combined degree program receive a bachelor's degree from Tufts (B.A., B.F.A, B.S.) and a master's degree from Tufts (M.A.T). Degrees are conferred upon completion of requirements for each portion of the program.