The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Art Education prepares art teachers for careers in our global society. Our students explore art making and works of art through a variety of cultural, historical, and socio-political lenses, and our graduates make art accessible and sustainable for their students of all ages in diverse communities.

The program is aimed at artists who want to teach in PK-12 schools, after-school programs, or museums. The requirements include student teaching internships at area public schools, fieldwork at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as coursework in art, education, and art education. It is a 12-month program for full-time students, beginning with three courses at Tufts in the summer. During the fall and spring semesters, students take courses at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts and work as interns in area schools, observing at first and working up to full-time student teaching in the spring.

Job Placement

Graduates are eligible for a Massachusetts teaching license, and post-graduation, 88% of our alumni from the past three years are employed in art education.


  • To develop critical, scholarly knowledge and reflective, pedagogic skills and consider the role of art in the lives of PK-12 school students and their communities
  • To consider art education in a multicultural context and interdisciplinary perspective
  • To explore various art education philosophies in order to inform teaching and learning
  • To expand studio art and technology skills
  • To address the needs of all PK-12 students by means of differentiated instruction and a variety of appropriate art materials and media
  • To learn how to effectively collaborate with museum educators and cultural organizations
  • To meet all program requirements in order to be eligible to apply for the Massachusetts Teacher License in Visual Art at the Initial Level (for either PK-8 or 5-12 grade levels)
  • To be prepared to enter professional teaching communities in PK-12 schools and be knowledgeable of employment opportunities, job search processes, professional portfolios, and interview skills

Field Placement

We help you find a school site placement that meets your pre-professional preparation needs. We solidify placements by the end of June and begin the process as soon as you enroll in our program.

Step 1. Think about what grade level you hope to teach and what type of school district interests you.

Step 2. As soon as you are admitted and enroll in the program, we discuss your thoughts about the field placement and potential supervising practitioner and school sites.

Step 3. We schedule a visit with the recommended supervising practitioner. We recommend that you spend a day visiting the school in order to observe classes, meet with the supervising practitioner, and get a sense of the school culture. If you are not going to be in the Boston area until after the end of the school year, the potential supervising practitioner and you are introduced to phone, email, or Skype.

In recent years, students in the program have interned in a number of area schools, including Young Achievers Math and Science K-8 Pilot School in Boston, Medford High School, Sprague Elementary School in Wellesley, and the Winter Hill K-8 Community School in Somerville.

Courses & Requirements

The MAT in Art Education is a 10-12 course program leading to endorsement for an initial teacher license in Massachusetts. Students are encouraged to complete the program as full-time students; the MAT degree is usually completed over 12 months - during two 6-week summer sessions and an academic year (i.e., fall and spring semesters).

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Last updated December 12, 2018
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