Master in Teaching
Master in Teaching with Special Education Endorsement

Master in Teaching with Special Education Endorsement

  • Program Design

    The Master In Teaching program with Special Education Endorsement integrates a well-respected preservice teacher education program with a special education endorsement in six quarters of study. In many programs this requires two years of study. Students in this full time program are prepared to teach in elementary or secondary general education classrooms and in special education settings, making graduates of the program highly desirable to school districts.

    The sequence of courses blends general education and special education coursework with a variety of field experiences creating a highly integrated and cohesive program of study. Students admitted to the MIT with Special Education Endorsement program begin full time coursework in early March of each year.

    The program's curriculum includes comprehensive education theory and research following the themes of individualization, ethical responsibility, and the use of technology as an essential educational tool. Internships in regular and special education classrooms put pre-service teachers in touch with the world as it is lived by their students.

    Program Schedule

    The MIT program is full-time, with classes scheduled Monday-Friday. With a few exceptions, classes are scheduled from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. During the time students are in the field, schedules will vary based on the schedules of the K-12 school sites. MIT SPED students should be aware that some Special Education classes are only offered in the evening. Summer coursework is usually scheduled during the day, but is not full-time.

    Benefits of the MIT SPED program

    • Highly competitive program with strong reputation in K-12 schools
    • Educator Career Placement Center has a comprehensive process to assist graduates in job placement
    • Graduate degree places teachers at a higher pay scale while simultaneously achieving Washington state certification
    • 50% of time in the program is spent in the field

    Why Special Education?

    A special education endorsement prepares educators to work directly with students who have a range of disabilities, including learning disabilities, attention problems, behavioral concerns, developmental disabilities and autism. A special education endorsement qualifies a teacher to work with students from kindergarten through high school, in resource or specialized program settings. Nationwide, over 6,000,000 children are now being served in special education in public schools. Approximately 10 to 15% of the students within any school district will have special needs.

    There a number of reasons to consider obtaining a special education endorsement as part of the MIT program. These include:

    • Teachers are prepared to address the unique learning needs of a wide range of students, including those with disabilities.
    • Working within the field of special education is interesting, meaningful, and fulfilling.
    • There is a high demand for teachers with dual endorsements, both within general education and special education positions.
    • The dual endorsement provides flexibility throughout your teaching career. Teachers with a dual endorsement can teach in a variety teaching settings, including general education, as their personal needs and professional interests evolve.
    • Scholarships, loan forgiveness and other forms of financial aid are available to students pursuing a special education endorsement.

    Degree Requirements

    The program follows a cohort model where students learn together in a collaborative and supportive manner, much like effective K-12 schools. This highly integrated and team taught program models effective practice aligning K-12 field experiences with coursework on campus. Students in  the MIT program spend about half their time in field experiences, first  observing and then as student teachers. 

    The sequence of courses is as follows:

    Block I – Spring Quarter(20 credits)

    • TEED 5010 The Teacher as Reflective Decision-Maker
    • TEED 5011 The Arts and Cultural Diversity
    • TEED 5012 Learners and Instruction
    • TEED 5013 Peer Coaching Field Experience
    • TEED 5023 Middle School Field Experience Seminar

    Summer Quarter (6 credits)

    • SPED 5042 Teaching students with Learning Disorders
    • SPED 5043 Intro to Behavior Disorders and Intervention

    Block II (16 credits)

    One of the following:  

    • TEED 5021 Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
    • TEED 5022 Middle/Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

    Block III (14 credits)

    One of the following:  

    • TEED 5028 Teaching Internship (Elementary)
    • TEED 5029 Teaching Internship (Secondary)
    • TEED 5025 MIT Special Education Practicum

    Block IV (13 credits)

    • TEED 5035 Child Abuse and Related Issues
    • TEED 5040 Reflective Teaching Seminar
    • EDUC 5000 Educational Research
    • SPED 5450 School Consultation on Intervention

    Summer Quarter (9 credits)

    • SPED 5460 Advanced Behavior Intervention
    • SPED 5470 Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
    • SPSY 5640 Individual Educational Assessment

    Total Program Credits: 78 

    Schedule

    Students admitted to the MIT with Special Education Endorsement program begin full time coursework in early March of each year. Please note that the MIT SPED program begins three weeks prior to Seattle University's regular quarter schedule. MIT SPED students graduate at the end of summer quarter the year after beginning the program.

    The MIT program is full-time, with classes scheduled Monday-Friday. With a few exceptions, classes are scheduled from 9:00am-3:00pm. MIT SPED students should be aware that some Special Education classes are only offered in the evening. Summer coursework is usually scheduled during the day, but is not full-time.

    During the time students are in the field, schedules will vary based on the schedules of the K-12 school sites.