Earn Your Master’s in Elementary Education Online

Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers an online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Elementary Education with a focus on STEM. This program positions you to meet the needs of Massachusetts schools and communities for reflective elementary school educators who can integrate STEM across the curriculum, particularly in urban elementary schools.

The online MAT program in Elementary STEM is for Massachusetts residents only1 and prepares you to pursue teaching credentials in Massachusetts for grades 1–6.

Elementary Education Program at a Glance

On-Campus Immersions
Terms of Field Placements

You can earn your MAT degree in as few as 16 months attending full time or as few as 20 months attending part time.

Online and In-Person Learning

The MAT in elementary education degree program includes the following components to help you grow as an educator:

Live Online Classes

Using state-of-the-art technology, you will discuss the best ways to teach in tomorrow’s elementary school classrooms.

On-Campus Immersions

You will meet your classmates and faculty on the Tufts University campus in Boston to prepare for field placements.

Field Placements

You will be placed at a site in or near your community that will help you develop confidence and teaching skills and expose you to the elementary school classroom.

Elementary STEM Curriculum

At the Tufts Department of Education, we believe that the core goal of teaching is to harness the natural curiosity that children bring to the classroom. That’s why we focus on STEM in elementary education—infusing elements of STEM across the curriculum is an ideal way to nurture that curiosity.

MAT Courses

Courses in the online master’s in elementary education introduce theories of teaching and learning, consideration of teaching all types of students in the classroom, the social and critical foundations of education, and the meaningful integration of the arts into classrooms.

Some of the courses you may take include:

  • Human Development and Learning
  • Education of the Exceptional Child
  • Interdisciplinary Elementary Curriculum I and II
  • Practices of Teaching Elementary STEM

Review the full list of courses.

Empower Students in Your Community

Take the next step toward becoming an elementary STEM educator with
Tufts’ online MAT program.

Why Earn a Master’s in Elementary Education?

For candidates who have a bachelor’s in a field other than teaching, earning a master’s in teaching provides a direct path to initial licensure.

Since Tufts’ Elementary STEM program began in 2012, 100 percent of graduates from the on-campus master’s program have jobs in education, more than 80 percent as teachers.2

Some graduates are teaching at schools in Somerville, Cambridge, and Malden, as well as in public and independent schools in other regions of the United States.

The online MAT in Elementary STEM is taught by Tufts Department of Education faculty and uses the same curriculum as the program that was previously offered on campus.

The online MAT in Elementary STEM program is currently approved with conditions by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). More information about those conditions can be found on our Teacher Certification page.

Elementary School Teacher Job Outlook

In Massachusetts, the career outlook for elementary school teachers is promising. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for elementary school teachers in Massachusetts is projected to increase by 11 percent between 2016 and 2026.3

Elementary School Teacher Salary

Salaries for elementary school teachers can vary widely by location, need, and whether the position is in a public or private school.


The average salary for Massachusetts elementary school teachers, which is the second-highest of any state in the United States.4





The average salary for Massachusetts elementary school teachers, which is the second-highest of any state in the United States.4

Burning Glass Technologies reports that in Massachusetts, elementary school teachers with a master’s degree can earn close to $7,000 more on average than teachers who hold a bachelor’s degree.5

Are You Ready to Inspire?

Request information today to learn how the online MAT program equips you to make a positive impact on children’s lives in the classroom and beyond.

1 The online MAT programs are open to Massachusetts residents only at this time. For more information, visit our Teacher Certification page. Return to footnote reference
2 Employment statistics are based on self-reported data by alumni of the on-campus Elementary STEM program from Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The data was collected by program alumni surveys and interviews and calculated in September 2019. Return to footnote reference
4 Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics (accessed August 4, 2019) Return to footnote reference
5 Burning Glass Technologies (April 2018–April 2019) Return to footnote reference