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Department of Education

Art Education

Student weaving

The Art Education program at Tufts University has the following requirements and objectives. 

Courses and Requirements

The M.A.T. in Art Education is a 32-35 credit program leading to endorsement for initial teacher license in Massachusetts. Students are encouraged to complete the program as full-time students; the M.A.T. degree is usually completed over 12 months - during two 6-week summer sessions and an academic year (i.e., Fall and Spring semesters).

Program Objectives

  • To develop critical, scholarly knowledge and reflective, pedagogic skills and consider the role of art in the lives of PK-12 school students and their communities
  • To consider art education in a multicultural context and from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • To explore various art education philosophies in order to inform teaching and learning
  • To expand studio art and technology skills
  • To address the needs of all PK-12 students by means of differentiated instruction and a variety of appropriate art materials and media
  • To learn how to effectively collaborate with museum educators and cultural organizations
  • To meet all program requirements in order to be eligible to apply for the Massachusetts Teacher License in Visual Art at the Initial Level (for either PK-8 or 5-12 grade levels)
  • To be prepared to enter professional teaching communities in PK-12 schools and be knowledgeable of employment opportunities, job search processes, professional portfolios, and interview skills