Degree Options

The Master in Teaching (MIT) degree has two endorsement options:

  1. Master in Teaching, Elementary Endorsement
  2. Master in Teaching, Secondary Endorsement
  • All program options lead to a Master's degree and a Washington Residency Certificate in elementary or secondary education
    • Secondary teachers are endorsed by the state for a specific subject
  • 50% of program is time in K-12 classrooms
  • Cohort-based program with students from all endorsements taking some coursework together
  • After successfully completing the program with an initial endorsement, teachers can add additional endorsements through various pathways

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Master in Teaching Degree, Elementary Endorsement

The Master in Teaching (MIT) 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. The Master in Teaching, Elementary Endorsement degree is for those teaching kindergarten through eighth grade.

Program Snapshot

  • Credits: 60
  • Program Duration: 1 year (4 quarters)
  • Program Scheduling: Full-time
  • Delivery: In-person
  • Endorsement:
  • Program Start: Fall or Spring
  • Application Priority Deadline: 
  • Program Cost: Cost information is located here. Learn more about scholarships here.
  • Field-Based Learning: 50% of program spent in classrooms. Learn more here.

The Master in Teaching (MIT) program is designed to prepare teachers to meet the social justice demands of the current times and center the needs of students furthest from opportunity in our K-12 partner schools. The program curriculum engages students in developing their own social justice identity, in building authentic partnership with the community, in fostering a humanizing learning environment and in developing their skills to plan, instruct and assess student learning that centers students' lived experiences. The program's field-based education model provides a structure to connect education theory with practice and center student relationships and needs while learning how to be effective instructors.

Program of Study

Social Justice Foundations

The coursework at the start of the program will begin with an overview of the big socio-cultural issues that shape the field of education. Additional courses will teach how to better understand the diverse learning needs of students and apply anti-racist and humanizing learning theories as we begin to practice planning, instruction and assessment.

Methods of Instruction

The coursework during this phase of the program will do a deep dive into subject-specific instructional methods, lesson planning, and assessment. Students will be encouraged to incorporate anti-racist and equity-based approaches to their work, in preparation for their full-time internship.

Internship

During the internship course you will be working full-time in your internship classroom, supported by an experienced mentor teacher, who will open up their classroom to provide a space for practice, feedback and growth. Your university field coach will also provide ongoing feedback.

Critical Reflection

At the end of the program your coursework with guide you through a reflective process to evaluate how you have met each of the program competency strands. Additionally, you will begin to synthesis what you have learned to prepare for the start of your career as a teacher.

Total Program Credits: 60

*The MIT Program is currently under revision. The updated course codes and titles will be shared upon acceptance to the program.

Elementary Endorsement

Students seeking an endorsement in elementary education will earn a certificate to teach kindergarten through eighth grade. The state requires content knowledge to teach the Essential Academic Learning Requirements and COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS. Seattle University expects applicants to have prior coursework in mathematics, history, geography, civics, economics, physical science, life science and the arts. 

  • Elementary Endorsement Verification Form
    • All elementary applicants must complete the endorsement coursework outlined in the Elementary Education Endorsement form. This coursework must be completed prior to starting the MIT program for fall entry. For spring entry, applicants may complete outstanding prerequisites during the summer quarter following their first quarter of classes. All candidates must complete prerequisites by August 10th of the year they begin the program.
    • Instructional Video for Elementary Education Endorsement Form
  • Math for Elementary Teachers
    • All candidates are required to complete a Math for Elementary Teachers course. Applicants have the option to take a competency exam that will exempt them from this requirement. A Math Test Study Guide 2018 is available. If you do not pass the exam you will need to take the coursework at a community college before entering the MIT program. (This coursework often takes two quarters to complete). Seattle University also offers a 4-week Math for Elementary Teachers course during the summer to complete this requirement for students who have enrolled in the MIT program. 
    • The math competency exam for the Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 cohorts are as follows:

    • This exam is for admitted students who have enrolled in the MIT program. If you must take the exam before receiving an admissions decision from Seattle University, please email mit@seattleu.edu to let us know about your situation.
  • Elementary Content Modules
    • In order to aid elementary applicants in fulfilling elementary coursework prerequisites, the MIT faculty has developed one credit modules that applicants may complete in certain designated subject areas. 
  • Middle School Endorsement
    • Elementary applicants may add a middle school endorsement in humanities, science, and/or mathematics. The requirements for each are listed on the Middle School Endorsement Form
    • If you're planning on adding a Middle School Endorsement, we require you meet with an advisor to understand your options. 

Program Schedule

There are two start times for the MIT program within an academic year. This determines when each block will be taken. 

Entry QuarterBlock IBlock IIBlock IIIBlock IV
Spring 2022 March - June 2022 August - December 2022 January - March 2023 March - June 2023
Fall 2022** August - September 2022 September - December 2022 January - March 2023 March - June 2023

*Begins three weeks prior to the University schedule.

**Fall 2022 start is under revision. The start and end dates are subject to change.

The MIT program is full-time, with classes scheduled Monday-Friday. With a few exceptions, classes are scheduled from 9:00am - 3:00pm. During the time students are in the field, schedules will vary based on the schedules of the K-12 school sites.horizontal rule

Master in Teaching Degree, Secondary Endorsement

The Master in Teaching (MIT) 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. The Master in Teaching, Secondary Endorsement degree is for those teaching fifth through twelfth grades.

Program Snapshot

  • Credits: 60
  • Program Duration: 1 year (4 quarters)
  • Program Scheduling: Full-time
  • Delivery: In-person
  • Endorsement:
  • Program Start: Fall or Spring
  • Application Priority Deadline: 
  • Program Cost: Cost information is located here. Learn more about scholarships here.
  • Field-Based Learning: 50% of program spent in classrooms. Learn more here.

The Master in Teaching (MIT) program is designed and delivered based on collaboration among the College of Education faculty and the school community to prepare teachers to meet the educational demands of the 21st Century. First, a strong grounding in an academic field is essential for this program. Additionally, the program is infused with the ethical and value-laden issues inherent to the teaching profession.

The program curriculum includes comprehensive educational theory and research following the themes of individualization, ethical responsibility, and the use of technology as an essential educational tool. Through integrated course work and field experiences, students develop the insight and skills needed to be effective educators in a complex and technological world.

Program of Study

Social Justice Foundations

The coursework at the start of the program will begin with an overview of the big socio-cultural issues that shape the field of education. Additional courses will teach how to better understand the diverse learning needs of students and apply anti-racist and humanizing learning theories as we begin to practice planning, instruction and assessment.

Methods of Instruction

The coursework during this phase of the program will do a deep dive into subject-specific instructional methods, lesson planning, and assessment. Students will be encouraged to incorporate anti-racist and equity-based approaches to their work, in preparation for their full-time internship.

Internship

During the internship course you will be working full-time in your internship classroom, supported by an experienced mentor teacher, who will open up their classroom to provide a space for practice, feedback and growth. Your university field coach will also provide ongoing feedback.

Critical Reflection

At the end of the program your coursework with guide you through a reflective process to evaluate how you have met each of the program competency strands. Additionally, you will begin to synthesis what you have learned to prepare for the start of your career as a teacher.

Total Program Credits: 60

*The MIT Program is currently under revision. The updated course codes and titles will be shared upon acceptance to the program.

Secondary Endorsement

Applicants seeking an endorsement in secondary education will earn a certificate to teach fifth through twelfth grades. The strongest applicants will have completed an undergraduate degree with a major in the subject area they wish to teach. All secondary applicants must complete the endorsement coursework outlined in the endorsement verification form for their subject area. This coursework must be completed prior to starting the MIT program. 

Applicants do not need to have all of the coursework completed at the time of application; however, they should indicate plans for how they will complete the requirements prior to the program start date. Under special circumstances, MIT students starting in the spring may use the summer after their first quarter to complete their prerequisites.

Program Schedule

There are two start times for the MIT program within an academic year. This determines when each block will be taken. 

Entry QuarterBlock IBlock IIBlock IIIBlock IV
Spring 2022 March - June 2022 August - December 2022 January - March 2023 March - June 2023
Fall 2022** August - September 2022 September - December 2022 January - March 2023 March - June 2023

*Begins three weeks prior to the University schedule.

**Fall 2022 start is under revision. The start and end dates are subject to change.

The MIT program is full-time, with classes scheduled Monday-Friday. With a few exceptions, classes are scheduled from 9:00am - 3:00pm. During the time students are in the field, schedules will vary based on the schedules of the K-12 school sites.horizontal rule