The Master of Science (M.S.) in STEM Education program prepares educators to work in the development and implementation of research, curriculum materials, and educational activities in formal and informal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education settings, such as schools, research centers, museums, industry, cultural institutions, and community agencies. It also prepares future candidates for Ph.D. programs.
The M.S. program enrolls a maximum of 15 students per year and admits candidates with backgrounds in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, technology, engineering, education, psychology, child development, cognitive science, and other related areas that demonstrate a commitment to understanding the issues and challenges involved in the research and practice of mathematics education, science education, or engineering education. Students with strong backgrounds in physics may also consider the Physics Education track, which we offer in collaboration with the Department of Physics & Astronomy.
Candidates without a baccalaureate in mathematics, the sciences, or engineering are required to take additional graduate level courses in their focal content area in order to reach a level of expertise that at a minimum is equivalent to that of a Tufts B.A./B.S. in that content area.
Upon entry into the program, each student is assigned two program advisors, one from the Departments of Education or Child Development and another from the Mathematics, Sciences, or Engineering Departments. The program advisors assist the student in making choices regarding courses, content area, internships, and research activities. Additionally, M.S. students can apply to continue their studies as Ph.D. students at Tufts.
The maximum time limit for full-time students to complete the MS program is three years.
Students work closely with program faculty to develop research on learning and teaching in STEM disciplines, as well as on the cultural, historical and philosophical influences on educational thought and practices. Coursework in the program reflects learning sciences perspectives on disciplinary knowledge and practices, social context, and design and instruction. Students also work on independent projects.
Those projects reflect the faculties' research interests, including the beginnings of STEM thinking in learners' knowledge and abilities; how students progress toward disciplinary practices and understandings; teachers' noticing, attending, and responding to student thinking; diversity and access in K-16 STEM education; and the design and study of technologies to support thinking, learning and inquiry.
Our M.S. graduates work in all corners of PreK-16 STEM education. All of our graduates for whom we have data are employed in the field. Our M.S. alumni include a grade 9 teacher at City Polytechnic High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., an AP Biology Teacher at Lexington High School in Lexington, M.A., and a Research Associate at TERC in Cambridge, M.A.
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Last updated December 12, 2018