In the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, we don't teach you how to teach. Instead, we teach you how to think deeply about teaching and the relationships that are critical for effective teaching and learning.
Students ordinarily complete the program, which requires completion of ten to twelve courses, within one academic year and two summer semesters. Candidates may choose to extend their studies and student teaching for a longer time period. Advisors work with candidates to ensure that their coursework meets all the requirements for Massachusetts Initial license, developed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Eight of the required courses are in education, including field-based experiences. Each student also takes two to four graduate level courses in the academic field for which license is sought.
Since 2009, 100% of the candidates who completed the MAT program and sought a teaching position have found teaching positions. These include positions in schools throughout the greater Boston area, central and western Massachusetts, throughout New England, in various corners of the country, and even overseas. While most of our graduates work in public schools, some graduates teach abroad or in independent schools. Because of our strong reputation and healthy network of alumni, many school administrators actively recruit our graduates.
Our program offers two types of field experiences, both of which provide pre-service teachers with opportunities to try a variety of teaching strategies, to develop relationships with students and faculty, and to reflect critically on the teaching experience. The year-long student teaching experience is divided into the fall semester pre-practicum experience and the spring semester practicum experience. While the state requires a minimum of 75 hours for the pre-practicum experience, the practicum is the capstone experience of the Tufts teacher preparation program. The practicum includes at least 300 hours in a school setting working with a teacher licensed in the appropriate subject area and grade level. Over the course of the year, pre-service teachers become important members of the school community. They teach courses, develop innovative curriculum, work as tutors, assist as club advisors and coaches, attend parent conferences, and chaperone social events.
Type 1: Traditional Model
Some MAT candidates choose the Traditional Model, student teaching one day per week in a school site in the fall semester and become full-time (five days per week) pre-service teachers in the spring semester. Recognizing that teacher preparation works better when institutions of higher education and the schools where our students do their on-the-ground training are colleagues, our department has worked hard to establish and cultivate partnerships with a number of districts and schools in the greater Boston area, including at public schools in Malden, Somerville, Cambridge, Winchester, Medford and Waltham.
Type 2: UTTC Model
Other candidates opt for the Urban Teacher Training Collaborative (UTTC), working as full-time interns (four days per week in the fall and five days per week in the spring) in urban school sites from late August through May. These internships are currently available at a number of locations, including Fenway High School, Boston Arts Academy, Codman Academy Charter Public School, Mission Hill School, Somerville High School, the Putnam Avenue Upper School in Cambridge, and Malden High School. Because UTTC interns receive stipends and because the number of internships is limited, candidates interested in applying for the internship should clearly indicate their interest in the UTTC and direct their Personal Statement to indicate why the UTTC is the experience they want to have in their teacher preparation year.
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Last updated December 12, 2018