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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 12-15-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 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.


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.

Disclosure on teacher initial licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

Each state has its own requirements for licensure. It is our duty to disclose our approvals and requirements.

Our MAT program is an approved initial teacher licensure program by the Massachusetts Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE). As such, the program requires that all required practicum hours for licensure be completed in person at a public or approved charter school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  While the required course work is offered online, the program is limited to candidates who can commit to completing their practicum in Massachusetts.

If you intend to teach outside of Massachusetts once you complete the program, it is not determined whether this program meets your home state requirements for initial licensure. It is your responsibility to complete any due diligence for reciprocity with other state licensure requirements.  Please see the following table link for contact information for your home state’s licensure agency to confirm whether this program will meet your home state’s requirement for licensure. (Table)

Message from Program Director


Ryan Redmond
Interim Director, Middle and High School MAT Programs