Elementary K-8 Education

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. Seattle University expects applicants to have prior coursework in mathematics, history, geography, civics, economics, physical science, life science and the arts. 

The math coursework that fulfills the elementary math requirement is a "math for elementary school teachers" course or, more often, courses. (Depending on where you take it, one or two courses may be required.)  Coursework may be completed via online or face-to-face instruction but it must be approved.  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 described above and, at that point, the course(s) may not be taken in a fully online format.

All elementary applicants must complete the endorsement coursework outlined in the Elementary Education Endorsement form Verification Form. This coursework must be completed prior to starting the MIT program for fall entry. For spring entry, applicants may complete outstanding prerequisites during summer quarter following their first quarter of classes. All candidates must complete prerequisites by August 10 of the year they begin the program.

In order to aid elementary applicants in fulfilling these 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 Verification Form.

ELL Endorsement

Learn more about adding an ELL endorsement as an online program through Seattle University prior to entering the MIT program.