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Master in Teaching, MIT

The Seattle University's Master in Teaching program offers you both a Master’s Degree and a Residency Teaching Certificate, all designed to be completed in one year.

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About this Program

Teaching Degree to Meet Diverse Learning Needs and Challenge the Status Quo

Seattle University's Master in Teaching (MIT) program began in 1990 and is a one-year, full-time, day-time and in-person teacher preparation program. 

Upon completing the MIT program in just three quarters, you will graduate with a master’s degree in teaching and a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate. 

As a student in this master in teaching program, you will specialize in either the elementary endorsement or a subject-specific secondary endorsement. 

Even more, you will be prepared to be an educator who challenges the status quo to work for social justice and compassionately and effectively meet the learning needs of all students.

Through coursework at the start of the program, you will explore major socio-cultural issues that shape the field of education. 

Master in Teaching at a Glance

Learn how a Master in Teaching degree will contribute to your career goals. Then, explore course requirements and see how impactful a Seattle University teaching degree can be.

The Master in Teaching program prepares you to teach in K-12 classrooms through an elementary endorsement or secondary endorsement. Learn more about endorsements.

Additional courses will teach you how to better understand the diverse learning needs of students and apply anti-racist and humanizing learning theories as you begin to practice planning, instruction and assessment.

Degree Requirements

Teacher Education at Seattle University prepares you to become a social justice educator who actively strives for educational equity in partnership with students, families, and communities furthest from justice. Effective educators, like you, can do this through a lifelong process of critical reflection and action rooted in anti-racist and humanizing pedagogies.

Through our teaching coursework, we try to help you answer these essential questions.

Strand 1: Social Justice Identity  

How will you develop your identity as an anti-racist, humanizing teacher working for social justice?

Strand 2: Authentic Partnerships

How will you partner with families, communities, and school personnel to cultivate learning opportunities in pursuit of educating the whole person? 

Strand 3: Learning Environment

How will you facilitate an inclusive and culturally sustaining learning community in your classroom that fosters a sense of belonging and agency for each student?

Strand 4: Planning, Instruction & Assessment

How will you design and enact relevant and meaningful instruction and assessment to develop students' identities, knowledge, understandings, skills, and dispositions to bring creativity and innovation to the world's most pressing issues? 

Learn more about each strand and its corresponding coursework and field-based education.

The MIT program is small and personal. The faculty know each MIT student and place an emphasis on developing a community of learners through a cohort model. 

The program is taught collaboratively and team-planned, making it integrative, cohesive and a model for effective teaching you can take into your own teaching practice.

What You’ll Learn

Learn about the classes you’ll take as a student here.


Field Experiences

Over 50% of program in schools, designed to mirror the K-12 teaching experience. 

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Small Cohorts

You will experience personalized faculty attention and support throughout your year-long program.



Teacher Preparation

Educating for Equity and Social Justice

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A Cohort Committed to Justice

Students and faculty in this full-time, cohort-based degree discuss their commitment to social justice, personal attention and developing learning communities. 

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Supportive Field Experiences

Almost half of your program is spent gaining experience as a classroom teacher. You will begin and complete your program with a single internship placement where you will work closely with a strong mentor teacher, allowing for a rich and cohesive field-based learning experience.

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Nationally Recognized Educators

Our faculty are nationally recognized in their fields and, perhaps more importantly, recognized by classroom teachers for their contributions. MIT faculty frequently teach in K-12 schools and collaborate with teachers on curriculum, research and scholarship.

Hear From Our Alumni

Math teacher Daniel Chavez

Daniel Chavez

"By being a teacher and showing my face every day, it challenges the status quo." A Master in Teaching gave Daniel Chavez the chance to connect his talent for math with a career passion that had emerged through roles as a tutor, teaching assistant and after-school activities coordinator. Chavez appreciated the MIT program’s close bond among classmates in his cohort and contact with professors. “The professors really modeled what it was to be a good teacher,” he says.

Alumnus, MIT Cohort Class of 2017

Teacher Education Faculty

  • Carol Adams, PhD
    Carol Adams, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Teacher Education (MIT)
    Program Director, Teacher Education (MIT)

  • Shane Pisani, PhD
    Shane Pisani, PhD

    Program Director, Undergraduate Teacher Education (EDLS)
    Assistant Clinical Professor, Teacher Education (MIT)
    Coordinator of Field-Based Education & Partnerships

  • Mark Roddy, PhD
    Mark Roddy, PhD

    Department of Teaching, Learning, and Social Justice
    Associate Professor, Teacher Education (MIT)

  • Kerry Soo Von Esch, PhD
    Kerry Soo Von Esch, PhD

    Program Director, Educating Non-Native English Speakers (ENES)
    Associate Professor, Educating Non-Native English Speakers (ENES)

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about the program or application, we’re here to help!

Ashley Miller

Senior Admissions Counselor

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