This M.A. in Education is a flexible degree to support students who are interested in advancing their expertise in a program of study that they design with an advisor.
The Tufts MA in Educational Studies is an opportunity for motivated, independent-minded learners seeking new ideas in education. Students customize their programs of study to support their interests, in consultation with faculty advisors.
We welcome those interested in studying education, including K-12 teachers, to design a program to support their intellectual and professional development and advancement; community activists who see education as a key to societal health; educators in any setting who would like to conduct research on learning and instruction.
Some students look to apply studies of critical theory in STEM Education. Others are interested in developing community spaces of learning — to enhance their practices as K-12 teachers or their preparation for college teaching, to work with students making the transition from high school to college, or to study educational practices in other countries. We are excited to explore new possibilities.
About the Degree
The degree requires 30 credit-hours at graduate levels (courses numbers 100 or above), with at least 18 credit hours in the Department of Education.
Within those constraints, students have the flexibility to design programs of study specifically around their backgrounds and interests. We match students with faculty advisors, who work with them to create their plans, selecting courses from Education and across the University, and, as appropriate, planning internships, independent studies, or projects. A significant project could develop into a master's thesis.
Just to have some examples, here are a few ideas for programs:
Critical Educational Studies:
Study race, class, gender and other categories of identity, culture, and institutional and structural power as they relate to education. This was the main focus of the program for more than a decade, and it is still a central area of work in the department. Possibilities include
- Following the previous program of study;
- Designing a program connected with Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora or with Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Prepare to promote and advocate for students' emotional health and development. Possibilities include designing a program connected with
- the Tisch College Initiative on Social-Emotional Learning and Civic Engagement;
- the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction;
- the Department of Community Health.
Environmental Studies Education:
Study learning in environmental science and policy, drawing on courses in the Tufts Environmental Studies Program. Possibilities include:
- research on learning about environmental science;
- developing a curriculum for community outreach;
- connecting to studies of sustainability in Urban and Environmental Policy.
The point is that there are many possibilities. Design a program to study learning in Science Technology and Society, in maker spaces, or something we're not thinking to list!
- Application fee
- Personal statement
- Official GRE required
- Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
- Three letters of recommendation
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