The Master in Teaching (MIT) program is a full-time, cohort-based degree program in teacher education. Our MIT program offers you both a master degree in teaching and a Residency Teaching Certificate, all designed to be completed in four academic quarters. As a student in our program you will specialize in either elementary or secondary education and get extensive classroom experience working with students. With almost 50% of your time spent in classrooms, you will learn and practice teaching from experienced, master teachers in schools. By attending only two additional quarters, you may also earn a Special Education endorsement—a credential that is in high demand.
Seattle University’s MIT program provides the foundation the next generation of educational leaders need as they enter educational environments. By providing students with a strong grounding in the liberal arts as well as a deep understanding of their academic subject specialties, the structure of their discipline, content-specific pedagogy and human development, the MIT program empowers its students in their lifelong careers as educators to make significant changes in the environments they move onto.
Known for emphasis on social justice and personal attention, our faculty know each MIT student and place an emphasis on developing a community of learners through the cohort model. The program curriculum is integrated in a coherent sequence of courses and practicum, guided by a clearly articulated conceptual framework.
The faculty are nationally recognized in their fields and, perhaps more importantly, recognized by classroom teachers for their contributions.
Dr. Susan Cooper has taught for more than 20 years in public schools and, more recently, at the college level. Dr. Cooper’s research looks into the decision-making processes of teachers in poverty-impacted schools while they are in the process of summatively assessing students.
Dr. Patricia Venegas-Weber has coached pre-service and in-service teachers in K-12 schools and university settings. A former ESL, bilingual and reading teacher for different bilingual program models, she also worked as an English- Spanish literacy coach for bilingual teachers in dual immersion programs.
“By being a teacher and showing my face every day, it challenges the status quo.”
A Master in Teaching gave 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.
Read more of Daniel’s story and MIT experience.
The College of Education offers several scholarship and fellowship opportunities each year.