The Master in Teaching (MIT) program allows students that already hold a bachelor’s degree to concurrently pursue a Washington State teaching certificate and a master’s degree at WSU.
Our MIT-Elementary (MIT-E) program leads to certification at the elementary (grades K-8) level. MIT-E candidates can hold a bachelor’s degree in any field of study.
Our MIT-Secondary (MIT-S) program leads to certification at the secondary (grades 5-12) level in one of the following subject areas: English, History, Social Studies, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. Candidates for the MIT-S have typically completed their undergraduate degree in the subject area of interest.
The MIT program combines coursework, classroom experience, and a master’s project. When successfully completed, candidates will have earned both a master’s degree and a teaching certificate. As a result, all MIT students complete both certification and graduate research courses.
MIT Program Highlights
Program starts every May and is cohort-based.
Full-time students will complete the entire program in 13 months. It will take part-time students longer to complete the program.
During the academic year, courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening with field experiences/internships occurring during the day only. During the summer, coursework is offered during the day.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (must be completed by time of program start)
Cumulative GPA of 3.0
Prior experience (paid or volunteer) related to teaching or the education of youth, adolescents, and/or adults
Knowledge Requirements – Washington State requires that all prospective teachers demonstrate both basic skills knowledge and content area knowledge. This is achieved through the following testing requirements:
Basic Skills Knowledge Requirements: Demonstration of Basic Skills (reading, writing, and math) is achieved by one of the following or a combination:
The priority application deadline is January 31st. Applications received after January 31st will be considered on a space available basis until April 1st.
Danysha Salinas Master in Teaching Elementary
“I joined this program because I know that a teacher’s genuine care, relentless advocacy, and high expectations can truly change a student’s life. My professors pushed me to see myself as more than a teacher in a single classroom or even in a single school – through their leadership, I found motivation and purpose in becoming a community partner and contributor to educational research.”
Steven Townsend Master in Teaching Elementary with Special Education endorsement
“After 28 years in the military, I chose to continue serving our community as a teacher. At WSU Tri-Cities, the campus, the professors, and student body are all located right here at home. The Master in Teaching program will reward and challenge you; it is comprehensive and can be tailored to meet your personal and professional goals.”
Please e-mail Niamh O’Leary about the MIT application process and Chris Gana with other questions about the MIT program.