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Department of Education

Middle and High School Education

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Schools create exciting possibility and opportunity at the same time that they often reproduce the vast and troubling inequities in our society. As a future teacher, it is essential to begin examining the ways schools operate in society, the positions and expectations of teachers and students, and the particular pedagogies performed within their walls.

As a teacher candidate at Tufts University, you will re-imagine the possibilities of schooling, carefully observe and analyze moments of teaching and learning, participate in an extensive field experience, and develop the practices of teaching that push and guide students towards their highest potential.

Tufts offers a 12-month residential Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program for candidates who are seeking Massachusetts Initial teacher license at the middle and high school levels in the following areas:

  • Grades 5-12: Engineering, English, History, Latin & Classical Humanities, Social Sciences
  • Grades 5-8 and 8-12: Mathematics
  • Grades 5-8: General Science
  • Grades 8-12: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics
  • Grades PreK-8 and 5-12: Spanish and German

The Education department also partners with the German program and Classics department to offer a two-year Master of Arts with teaching licensure.

The M.A.T. program in Middle and High School Education is designed and approved to meet only the Massachusetts initial licensure requirements. Massachusetts does have reciprocity agreements with other states regarding teaching certification. More information about the latter is available in the line below.


In the Middle and High School Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program, you will learn how to effectively move between the theoretical and the practical. Students will develop an understanding of the crucial theoretical frameworks in Education, attention to student thinking, the barriers that exist in learning contexts, the decisions that teachers make, and how to reflect on extensive field experience in order to develop effective and responsive teaching practices.

Message from Program Director


Ryan Redmond
Interim Director, Middle and High School MAT Programs