The Department of Education is connected to other areas throughout the university and surrounding communities. Some faculty have dual appointments in education and other departments; some conduct research collaboratively across the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering. Here are a few examples of programs, departments, and organizations with which we have ongoing affiliations.
Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO)
The Center for Engineering Education and Outreach is dedicated to improving engineering education in the classroom, from kindergarten to college. Their research program studies how kids and adults learn engineering. Many of the faculty and students in the Department of Education are connected either as faculty or steering committee members, or researchers at the center.
Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction (IRLI)
The Tufts University Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction reflects our recognition of the need to study the fundamentals of education. It will work across departments and schools to introduce and sustain research and scholarship on learning and instruction as part of, and to support, the pedagogical transformation happening at Tufts. IRLI is made possible with the generous gifts from the James S. McDonnell Family Foundation. Faculty in the STEM Education program in the Department of Education make up the founding members of this institute. Review the research projects that the steering committee members are involved in. For questions, contact one of the co-directors, David Hammer or Milo Koretsky.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Leadership
The MA in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Leadership is an interdisciplinary master's program where students learn scholarly theories and practical tools to implement institutional changes that promote diversity and foster inclusivity. Department of Education faculty members serve as affiliate program faculty and are members of the program's steering committee.
The Department's Museum Education program is one pathway into Museum Studies at Tufts. This interdisciplinary program can be pursued through graduate programs in the departments of Education, History, and the History of Art and Architecture. The director of the program, Cynthia Robinson, is a full-time senior lecturer in the Department of Education.
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts (SMFA)
The connections to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston provides many of our programs the opportunity to bridge experiences in the classroom and museum settings. For example, students in our Art Education program take studio courses at SMFA at Tufts and conduct field work at the MFA.
Partner Schools and Community Affiliations
Many of our MAT candidates student teach in partner schools in Boston, Cambridge, Malden, Medford, and Somerville, or participate in the Writer's Den in Malden. School Psychology students work in partner schools in Boston, Cambridge, Lawrence, Wayland, and Concord. Museum Education students intern at institutions such as the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum and Museum of Fine Arts. Makerspaces have been created and cultivated by Department of Education faculty and students such as Nedlam's Workshop.
Department of Education faculty teach courses or are affiliated in the following departments:
- Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT)
- Chemical and Biological Engineering
- Child Study and Human Development
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Tisch College for Civic Life
- Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies