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Students successfully completing the Master in Teaching Secondary Certification (MIT-S) program and meeting state requirements will receive a Washington State Residency Teacher Certificate with a Secondary (5-12) Endorsement and a Master’s degree. The overarching goal of the program is to create a collaborative environment that supports all students and offers a strong foundation for professional growth.
The goal of the Master in Teaching Secondary Certification (MIT-S) program is to prepare the best teachers possible. Therefore, we reserve the right to admit only the most highly qualified candidates. Meeting the following admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.
Completion of a Bachelor degree at an accredited institution
Transcript evaluation* demonstrating completion of prerequisite classes in your content area (Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English/Language Arts, History, Mathematics, or Physics). Each course must have a grade of “C” or higher with a combined minimum 2.5 GPA in all content area courses. Applications to the program will not be distributed prior to satisfactory completion of a transcript evaluation and required content coursework. Students are allowed to have two (2) content courses outstanding at the beginning of the program
3.0 GPA or higher as calculated by the Graduate School
Passage of state required exams: WEST-B and WEST-E for your content area
Beginning September 1, 2017, WAC 181-78A-300 requires candidates to pass all portions of the WEST-B (reading, writing, math) prior to program entry. All applicants to the MIT program must have passing WEST-B scores prior to applying to the MIT program (deadline January 31 of year of application).
* For a transcript evaluation, submit a Transcript Evaluation Request Form to Kristy Gilmartin along with all official transcripts that have courses that may fulfill the prerequisites. Include your mailing address, phone number, and email address. Evaluations may take four to six weeks so it is critical to plan accordingly.
A minimum of 32 semester credits of course work, 13 semester credits of field experience, and a two-credit Masters Project is required to complete the Master in Teaching Secondary (MIT-S) program.
Full-time students will complete the certification portion of the program in 20 months. One additional seminar to support students in completing the Master Project is necessary for completion of the Master degree. This seminar may be taken according to the student’s own timeline but may not be taken until successful completion of the student teaching experience. Students may request consideration for a part-time program but time to certification may be extended. Courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening with field experiences/internships occurring during the day only.