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Department of Education

Elementary STEM

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Tufts offers a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Elementary STEM Education as well as endorsement for Initial Licensure grades 1-6 in Massachusetts.

Courses and Requirements

Courses in the Elementary STEM Program include introductions to theories of teaching and learning, consideration of teaching all students in the classroom, courses on the social and critical foundations of education, and courses contemplating the meaningful integration of the arts into classrooms. During the practicum experiences, students enroll in courses aimed at practicing and reflecting on teaching, on designing and refining curriculum, and on improving pedagogy across the content areas. The focus on STEM comes through a variety of courses that consistently link back to conversations about literacies, social and emotional health of classroom communities, and critical foundations for understanding how to build just and equitable learning environments. The specific courses include:

  • EDO 230 Human Development and Learning
  • EDO 260 Critical Foundations of Education
  • EDO 290 Foundations of Literacies
  • EDO 242 Education of the Exceptional Child
  • EDO 203 Introduction to Teaching in Elementary Schools
  • EDO 215 Elementary Mathematics and Science Learning Environments
  • EDO 216 Interdisciplinary Elementary Curriculum I
  • EDO 204 Practices of Teaching in Elementary Schools
  • EDO 217 Interdisciplinary Elementary Curriculum II
  • EDO 225 Practices of Teaching Elementary STEM

Optional additional course:

  • EDO 295 Arts and Expression in the Elementary Classroom 

Program Objectives

Graduates from this 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 classrooms.
  • 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 schools as complex and dynamic places using social justice and equity perspectives.