Dec 06, 2022  
2022-23 Western Washington University Catalog 
    
2022-23 Western Washington University Catalog

Master in Teaching, South King County - Multilingual Education Emphasis, MIT


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Secondary Education, Woodring College of Education

86 Credits*

*Pending Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accreditation review.

Graduate Faculty

Dillard, Beth, PhD, program director

Program Information

The Master in Teaching (MIT) program with emphasis in Multilingual Education is designed for candidates who wish to complete a Master’s degree with recommendation for Washington State Residency Certification to teach at the secondary level (middle and high school) and training in dual language education (through ELL and/or Bilingual endorsements). Our comprehensive MIT with emphasis in Multilingual Education program is firmly backed by current research of effective teaching and promoting student learning. Currently the program is only offered through Western’s South King County site.

The program is designed to support professionals working in multilingual settings who are employed by school districts in South King County. Classes will primarily be held on evenings and/or Saturdays at the Puget Sound ESD in Renton. Course work will integrate students’ classroom experience. This MIT program can be completed in six-seven quarters, including full-time student teaching (internship). 

Program Application

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and the Secondary Education department requirements below. The GRE and MAT are not application requirements for this graduate program.

Early advising is highly encouraged. Learn more about the South King County MIT program and get your questions answered by setting up an appointment with the Academic Program Director, Dr. Beth Dillard at Beth.Dillard@wwu.edu, or the Program Coordinator, Angela Brown at Angela.Brown@wwu.edu.

Pre-application Requirement

We invite prospective candidates to contact us for more information about the program and for pre-application advising.  Please send transcripts prior to application for review and advising. Some students may need to complete additional endorsement requirements to be eligible.

An endorsement evaluation is required with your application for all endorsements you may be earning. See endorsement requirements at wce.wwu.edu/cert/endorsements. No more than 5 endorsement credits may be outstanding once you begin the MIT program; or by advisement. An evaluation request can be submitted in the online application, or by contacting South King County MIT advisors. Non-Western graduates must also include course descriptions and/or syllabi with their transcripts to determine if there are course equivalencies.

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/basic-skills for details.

  • Applicants must submit content test scores with their program application by taking the WEST-E or NES exam(s) for the endorsement they are pursuing. Those pursuing a world language endorsement must also submit passing ACTFL scores in writing and speaking (Advanced Low) with their application. See the Woodring admissions website wce.wwu.edu/cert/content-test-resource-site for details.

Application Requirements, preference for bi/multilingual individuals

  • Baccalaureate degree (or degree completed prior to program start date) from a regionally accredited institution. A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0; or see Graduate School GPA eligibility requirements.
  • Meet the basic skills requirement.
  • Unofficial transcripts for every institution of higher learning attended (official transcripts required if admitted).
  • A completed endorsement evaluation.
  • Resumé.
  • Experience working with youth, preferably 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 (prompts are noted in the online application).
  • Completion of an approved English composition course, with a grade of B or higher. 

Important Application Dates:

We currently start new cohorts in the spring quarter of odd years.

  • Spring quarter: October 1

Program Completion

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.

Grade Requirements

Retention in the program requires continuous demonstration of competence in standard oral and written English in all course work. Retention also requires maintenance of a 3.0 quarterly GPA for each quarter upon admission. 

Required Program Courses


Internship (18 credits)


Research Courses (4 credits)


Additional Information


Non-Thesis Assessment

Master in Teaching candidates are in the non-thesis option.

Second Master’s Degree

Enrollment must be for a single MEd, MA or MIT program. Students who have earned a MEd or MIT may apply for admission to another MEd program but all requirements of the second program must be met (with possible allowance for some course work taken in the first program). However, all programs must be completed with the minimum number of required credits.

NOTE: Due to a review and revision process which may affect Woodring College of Education programs and courses, the information is subject to change.

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