Secondary Education, Woodring College of Education
Burgess, Donald, PhD.
Dade, Karen, EdD.
Larson, Bruce, PhD.
Longoria, A, PhD., graduate advisor.
McClanahan, Lauren, PhD.
Pyscher, Tracey, PhD.
Roxas, Kevin, PhD.
Ware, Molly, PhD.
The Master in Teaching (MIT) program is designed for candidates who wish to complete a Master’s degree while gaining state of Washington Residency certification to teach at the secondary level (middle and high school). Our comprehensive MIT program is firmly backed by current research of effective teaching and promoting student learning. The Bellingham MIT program can be completed in five quarters, including the student teaching (internship).
See the Department of Secondary Education catalog page for additional program and teacher certification information. In particular, review the following headings: Certification, Endorsements, Requirements upon Program Admission, Character and Fitness, General Retention Requirements, Program Completion, and Internships.
Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and the Secondary Education department requirements below. The GRE is not an application requirement for this graduate program.
Prospective Master in Teaching applicants should seek advising with the Woodring Admissions Office, phone 360-650-3313, e-mail address TeacherEd.Admission@wwu.edu, or wce.wwu.edu/MIT-Bellingham/Apply, to help determine your application eligibility and the best time to apply. Further information may be obtained by contacting Janna Cecka, Program Manager at 360-650-3347 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants seeking the Music endorsement should contact Professor Patty Bourne for advising. The Physical Education and Health endorsement is not available with the graduate program. The Graduate School can also be contacted directly for general application questions, phone 360-650-3170, e-mail email@example.com.
Create an online application account with the Graduate School, gradschool.wwu.edu, indicate your endorsement, upload unofficial transcripts, and request an endorsement evaluation. Non-Western graduates must also include course descriptions and/or syllabi with their transcripts to determine if there are course equivalencies.
A signed endorsement evaluation is required with your application for all endorsements you may be earning. No more than 10 endorsement credits may be outstanding once you begin the MIT program.
Applicants must meet the basic skills requirement. This may be met by: a) Taking the WEST-B exam, b) SAT scores, c) ACT scores. There is no minimum score requirement for admission. See the Woodring admissions website: wce.wwu.edu/admissions/west-b-requirement and the West-B website: www.west.nesinc.com.
- Baccalaureate degree (or degree completed prior to program start date).
- A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0; or see Graduate School GPA eligibility requirements.
- Meet the basic skill requirement.
- Unofficial transcripts for every institution of higher learning attended (official transcripts required if admitted).
- A completed endorsement evaluation.
- Experience working with youth in an educational setting, with preference to public secondary schools.
- Experience with youth and families in diverse socio-economic, cultural, linguistic settings.
- Essays responding to the prompts in the online application (prompts also at SEC’s MIT website).
- Three letters of reference (details at SEC website).
- Completion of an approved English composition course, with a grade of B or higher.
- English language proficiency.
- Interview by SEC faculty (details provided after application deadline).
Important Application Dates:
- Fall quarter: February 1
- Spring quarter: October 1
To qualify for program completion and recommendation for state of Washington residency certification, candidates must complete the following requirements and assessments outlined on the Secondary Education main catalog page, and:
- The Graduate School policy is for program requirements to be completed within five years. While it is possible to earn the Residency teaching certificate without completing the final requirements for the MIT degree, it is not possible to earn the MIT without earning the Residency teaching certificate.