The MIT Program is a four-quarter, 60-credit cohort program. Cohorts begin twice a year--in late August or early September and the beginning of March. Please note these start times occur three weeks prior to Seattle University's scheduled start dates for fall and spring quarters. Students starting in late August or early September finish the following summer and are ready to be employed in September. Those starting in early March attend spring quarter, have the summer off and then complete the program the following academic year, graduating in June.
The MIT Program is full-time, with classes scheduled Monday-Friday. With a few exceptions, classes are scheduled from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. During the time students are in the field, schedules will vary based on the schedules of the K-12 school sites.
The MIT Program has an excellent reputation for preparing teachers. The graduate degree puts beginning teachers at a significantly higher pay scale; consequently, MIT graduates continue to earn more each year they teach. Combining certification with a master's degree in four quarters maximizes the MIT student's preparation program and provides a solid foundation for beginning teaching.
The 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 team-taught and team-planned making it integrative, cohesive, and a model for effective teaching. The 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.
After the first week of classes on campus, MIT students are placed in a two-week observation in a classroom in the Puget Sound region. Following the two-week observation, students return to campus for reflection and discussion about their experience. Following this experience, MIT students are placed in pairs in partnership schools for a peer coaching field experience in which they observe and teach three separate weeks throughout the quarter.
During the second quarter of the program, MIT students begin to participate in their student teaching setting while attending classes on campus. Integrating the teaching internship with on-campus classes allows the prospective teacher to integrate theory and practice. MIT students are placed in teaching internships located within a 30-mile radius of campus. Prior to being assigned to a classroom, students are interviewed by the cooperating teacher. The teaching internship continues into the third quarter of the program. Additionally, MIT students participate in service learning at school sites and in a focused field experience in a middle school setting. Approximately 50% of MIT program occurs in field settings.