Degree Options

Seattle University offers two degree options:

  1. Master in Teaching
  2. Master in Teaching with Special Education Endorsement

Both degrees:

  • Lead to Washington Residency Certificate in elementary or secondary education
    • Secondary treachers are endorsed by the state for specific subjects
  • Are full-time, in-person programs
  • Spend 50% time in classrooms
  • Are cohort-based programs

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Master in Teaching Degree

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. 

About the Program

  • Credits: 60
  • Program Duration: 1 year (4 quarters)
  • Program Scheduling: Full-time
  • Delivery: In-person
  • Certification Options:
  • Program Start: Fall or Spring
  • Application Priority Deadline: 
  • Program Cost: Cost information is located here
  • Field Experience: Learn more about field experience and partnership schools 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)

One of the following:

  • TEED 5021 Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • TEED 5022 Middle/Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Block III (14 credits)

One of the following:  

  • TEED 5028 Teaching Internship (Elementary)
  • 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

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 with 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.

About the Program

  • Credits: 78
  • Program Duration: 1.25 years (6 quarters)
  • Program Scheduling: Full-time
  • Delivery: In-person
  • Certification Options:
  • Program Start: Spring only start for added Special Education Endorsement
  • Application Priority Deadline: 
  • Program Cost: Cost information is located here
  • Field Experience: Learn more about field experience and partnership schools 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.

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