Degree Options

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

  1. Master in Teaching, Elementary Endorsement
  2. Master in Teaching, Secondary Endorsement
  3. Master in Teaching, Special Education Endorsement
  • All three 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 three 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

Block I (20 credits)

  • TEED 5010 Education for Social Change
  • TEED 5011 The Arts and Cultural Diversity
  • TEED 5012 Learners and Instruction
  • TEED 5023 Middle School Field Experience Seminar

Block II (16 credits)

  • TEED 5021 Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Block III (14 credits)  

  • TEED 5028 Teaching Internship (Elementary)

Block IV (10 credits)

  • TEED 5035 Child Abuse and Related Issues
  • TEED 5040 Reflective Teaching Seminar
  • TEED 5041 Reflective Teaching for Social Justice Service Learning 
  • ELECTIVE

Total Program Credits: 60

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
Fall Fall* Winter Spring Summer
Spring Spring* Fall* Winter Spring

*Begins three weeks prior to the University schedule.

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

Block I (20 credits)

  • TEED 5010 Education for Social Change
  • TEED 5011 The Arts and Cultural Diversity
  • TEED 5012 Learners and Instruction
  • TEED 5023 Middle School Field Experience Seminar

Block II (16 credits)

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

Block III (14 credits)  

  • TEED 5029 Teaching Internship (Secondary)

Block IV (10 credits)

  • TEED 5035 Child Abuse and Related Issues
  • TEED 5040 Reflective Teaching Seminar
  • TEED 5041 Reflective Teaching for Social Justice Service Learning 
  • ELECTIVE

Total Program Credits: 60

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
Fall Fall* Winter Spring Summer
Spring Spring* Fall* Winter Spring

*Begins three weeks prior to the University schedule.

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, Special Education Endorsement

The Master in Teaching (MIT) degree with a Special Education Endorsement program follows a cohort model and integrates a well-respected preservice teacher education program with special education. 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.

Program Snapshot

  • Credits: 78
  • Program Duration: 1.25 years (6 quarters)
  • Program Scheduling: Full-time
  • Delivery: In-person
  • Endorsement:
  • Program Start: Spring only start for added Special Education Endorsement
  • Application Priority Deadline: 
  • Program Cost: Cost information is located here Learn more about scholarships here.
  • Field-Based Learning50% of program spent in classrooms. Learn more here.

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. 

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.

Special Education Endorsement

The Special Education Endorsement does not require an endorsement form. You will have to complete an Elementary or Secondary endorsement form.

Why Special Education?

  • Integrates MIT program with Special Education Endorsement courses over 6 quarters
    • Prepares graduates to work with students with diverse needs and disabilities
    • Courses focus on understanding types of disabilities, adapting and modifying curriculum, developing specially designed instruction, and implementing individualized education programs for students with disabilities
    • Practicum experience occurs in both general education and special education classrooms
  • Graduates are prepared to teach in general education as well as special education
    • Provides graduates with more options regarding their teaching setting throughout their career
    • There is a high need for professionals trained in this area