Master’s in Teaching – Elementary

Inquiry and Stewardship

Earning an advanced degree at WSU Tri-Cities will add personal and professional value to your life. This is your chance to help build a better word through research projects with world-renowned faculty and to increase your learning potential.

Students successfully completing the Master in Teaching Elementary Certification (MIT-E) program and meeting state requirements will receive a Washington State Residency Teacher Certificate with a Elementary (K-8) 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 Elementary Certification (MIT-E) 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. 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 prior to application to the program
  • 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.

The application deadline is January 31. The MIT Elementary Certification program begins once a year in early May.

The MIT-E application process is:

* Application Portfolio will not be complete until a satisfactory transcript evaluation of prior content area course work has been concluded.

**  The West-B (reading, math, writing) content area exam must be completed prior to application to the MIT program (January 31).

A minimum of 32 semester credits of course work, 14 semester credits of field experience, and a two-credit Masters Project is required to complete the Master in Teaching Elementary (MIT-E) 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.

The MIT-E program has articulated learning goals and learning outcomes for its graduates. The following list the program goals, followed by the student learning outcomes.

GOAL 1: To prepare outstanding entry-level P-12 teachers with a focus on teacher research as a paradigm for practice. Successful graduates:

  • Will use deep content and pedagogical knowledge to inform their teaching.
  • Develop relevant, rigorous, and developmentally appropriate curricula.
  • Modify curriculum and instruction based on the individual needs of their students.
  • Use assessment of their students’ learning and their own teaching to inform future planning and teaching.
  • Attend to the social and civic development of their students.
  • Work respectfully and collaboratively with colleagues and community to ensure quality instructional programs and stewardship of public schools.

GOAL 2: To guide students in their development as practitioner-researchers in P-12 school settings. Successful graduates:

  • Locate, analyze, and synthesize research literature, and apply that synthesis to problems of practice.
  • Effectively communicate scholarly work through written, oral, and/or alternate formats.
  • Skillfully inquire into areas of program-related interest.
  • Develop scholarly habits of curiosity, inquiry, skepticism, and data-based decision making.

GOAL 3: To establish itself as a highly successful program that is recognized for the quality of its graduates and its national visibility. The Program:

  • Attracts, secures, and retains high quality students.
  • Graduates students who are satisfied with the professional preparation they have received.
  • Graduates students who attain teaching licenses and other appropriate credentialing.
  • Maintains an excellent on-time graduation record.
  • Is delivered by a high quality graduate faculty that actively contributes to the program and that participates in scholarship that adds to the knowledge base of  teacher and educator preparation.

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Helen Berry
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