Degree Options

The Master in Teaching (MIT) degree options:

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    The Master in Teaching (MIT) degree  

    Program Snapshot

    • Credits: 60 
    • Program Duration: 1 year (3 quarters) 
    • Program Scheduling: Full-time, day-time 
    • Delivery: In-person 
    • Endorsement Options: 
    • Program Start: Fall (A Spring Start is No Longer Offered) 
    • Application Priority Deadline: January 6. Learn about rolling admission process 
    • Program Cost: Cost information is located here. Learn more about scholarships here. 
    • Field-Based Learning: 50% of program spent in K-12 classrooms. Learn more here. 

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    Endorsements

    An endorsement is the specific subject matter or content area listed on your teaching certificate in Washington State. The state requires teacher candidates to demonstrate the content knowledge needed to teach the grade level standards for their initial endorsement subject(s). All applicants must complete the endorsement coursework outlined in their respective endorsement verification form. This coursework must be completed prior to starting the MIT program. Applicants do not need to have all of the coursework completed at the time of application; however, they should indicate plans for how they will complete the requirements prior to the program start date on their submitted endorsement form.

    All perspective applicants are asked to send a draft of their completed endorsement form and an unofficial transcript to mit@seattleu.edu to be reviewed and to received advising about any additional coursework that might be needed prior to beginning the MIT program. To view the Endorsement Verification Forms and to learn more about completing the form, visit the Admissions page.

    Elementary Endorsement

    Seeking an endorsement in elementary education will earn a certificate to teach literacy, math , science, social studies and art in kindergarten through eighth grade.

    Middle School Endorsements

    Applicants seeking a middle level endorsement must also have an endorsement in either an elementary or a secondary subject. The middle level endorsement will allow applicants to teach this content in grades fifth through ninth.

    If you're planning on adding a Middle School Endorsement, we require you meet with an advisor to understand your options.  

    Secondary Endorsement

    Applicants seeking an endorsement in secondary education will earn a certificate to teach fifth through twelfth grades. The strongest applicants will have completed an undergraduate degree with a major in the subject area they wish to teach. 

    Secondary Endorsements

    • Secondary (5-12)
      • Biology 
      • Chemistry 
      • Designated World Languages: French, Japanese, Spanish 
      • Earth and Space Science 
      • English Language Arts 
      • History 
      • Mathematics 
      • Physics 
      • Science* 
      • Social Studies 
      • Theater Arts* 
      • Visual Arts 
    *Students seeking an endorsement in Theater Arts and General Science must also have an endorsement in a second subject area. Common combinations are Theater Arts and Language Arts, or Biology and General Science.  
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    Program of Study

    Total Program Credits: 60

    Phase 1 - Social Justice Foundations 

    Coursework: The coursework at the start of the program will begin with an overview of the big socio-cultural issues that shape the field of education. Additional courses will teach how to better understand the diverse learning needs of students and apply anti-racist and humanizing learning theories as we begin to practice planning, instruction and assessment. 

    Field-based Education: During this first phase of field-based learning, MIT students will have multiple full weeks in their internship placement. Each field week is connected directly to the courses being taught. Students will complete observations and interviews, and support learning in various ways to develop strong relationships with their mentor teacher, the students in their internship classes and their school community. 

    Elementary Secondary
    TEED 5110 Sociopolitical Context of Schools (4 cr)  TEED 5110 Sociopolitical Context of Schools (4 cr) 
    TEED 5111 Learning and Justice Through the Arts (1 cr)  TEED 5111 Learning and Justice Through the Arts (1 cr) 
    TEED 5112 Thriving Teaching & Learning Communities I (2 cr) TEED 5112 Thriving Teaching & Learning Communities I (2 cr)
    TEED 5113 Foundations & Frameworks for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (3 cr)  TEED 5113 Foundations & Frameworks for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (3 cr) 
    TEED 5114 Sociocultural Theories of Learning & Anti-Racist Practice (3 cr)  TEED 5114 Sociocultural Theories of Learning & Anti-Racist Practice (3 cr) 
    TEED 5115 Foundations & Frameworks for Building Inclusive Classrooms (3 cr)  TEED 5115 Foundations & Frameworks for Building Inclusive Classrooms (3 cr) 
    TEED 5116 Fostering the Development of the Whole Student (Elementary) (3 cr)  TEED 5117 Fostering the Development of the Whole Student (Secondary) (3 cr)  

     

    Phase 2 - Methods of Instruction 

    Coursework: The coursework during this phase of the program will do a deep dive into subject-specific instructional methods, lesson planning, and assessment. Students will be encouraged to incorporate anti-racist and equity-based approaches to their work, in preparation for their full-time internship.

    Field-based Education: During this second phase, MIT students will have a weekly field day and additional full weeks in their internship placement. The regular field day provides an opportunity to begin actively preparing for the full-time internship and to begin co-planning and co-teaching with their mentor teacher.

    Elementary Secondary
    TEED 5120 Elementary Unit Planning & Social Studies Teaching Methods (3 cr) TEED 5130  Secondary Unit Planning & Assessment I (4 cr)  
    TEED 5121 Elementary Language & Literacy I (4 cr)   TEED 5131 Secondary Subject-based Teaching Methods (5 cr)
    TEED 5122 Elementary Language & Literacy II (3 cr)   TEED 5132 Secondary Unit Planning & Assessment  II (3 cr)  
    TEED 5123 Elementary Math Teaching Methods (4 cr)   TEED 5133 Secondary Methods for Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students (3 cr) 
    TEED 5124 Elementary Science Teaching Methods (2 cr)   TEED 5134 Language and Literacy Methods Across the Secondary Content Areas (3 cr)  
    TEED 5125 Elementary Methods for Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students (3 cr)    TEED 5135 Secondary Methods for Building Inclusive Classrooms (3 cr) 
    TEED 5126 Elementary Methods for Building Inclusive Classrooms (3 cr)   TEED 5136 Secondary Thriving Teaching & Learning Communities II (2 cr) 
    TEED 5127 Elementary Thriving Teaching & Learning Communities II (1 cr   

     

    Phase 3 - Internship 

    Coursework & Field-based Education: During the final field-based learning phase, MIT students are in the classroom full time for twelve weeks and gradually assume full-time teaching responsibilities. The mentor teacher and university field coach formally observe teacher interns using an adaptation of the "Danielson Framework for Teaching" to give ongoing, formative feedback to MIT students. Students are expected to successfully meet the demands of the classroom and the competencies required by the program and for certification by the State of Washington. The internship seminar will provide you with structured time to reflect on your learning during the internship and make connections back to MIT coursework.

    Elementary Secondary
    TEED 5140 Elementary Internship (14 cr)  TEED 5142 Secondary Internship (14 cr) 
    TEED 5141 Elementary Internship Seminar (1 cr)  TEED 5143 Secondary Internship Seminar (1 cr) 

     

    Phase 4 - Critical Reflection

    Coursework: At the end of the program your final coursework with guide you through a reflective process to evaluate how you have met each of the program competency strands. Additionally, you will begin to synthesize what you have learned to prepare for the start of your career as a teacher by completing the Teaching for Equity Project. The Teaching for Equity Project was developed by the MIT faculty to replace the previous state mandated assessment, the edTPA, and includes an e-portfolio, a public showcase and a final conference with a faculty member.

    Field-based Education: There is no field component during this final phase of the program.

    Elementary Secondary
    TEED 5150 Critical Reflection for Social Justice: Teaching for Equity (3 cr)  TEED 5150 Critical Reflection for Social Justice: Teaching for Equity (3 cr) 

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    Field-Based Learning Overview

    Approximately 50% of the MIT program is field-based learning. Field experiences in the program are designed to mirror the K-12 teaching experience. As students progress through the program their field weeks will provide opportunities to become oriented to the current context of schools, make connections between theory and practice, develop relationships with students and school community members, and practice planning and facilitating student-centered instruction. Students begin and complete the program with a single internship placement where they will work closely with a strong mentor teacher to provide ongoing support and guidance, allowing for a rich and cohesive field-based learning experience. 

    Upon accepting the offer of admission to the MIT program, students will share their internship preferences with the program and the Field-based Education Team will work closely with our K-12 school partners in the Seattle region to identify an internship mentor teacher. While internship preferences are considered during the placement process, internship placements are ultimately determined based on the needs and availability of the schools and mentor teachers in our partners districts. Students can expect their internship placement to be in a district within a 30-mile radius of Seattle and commute anywhere between 30-60 minutes, regardless of their transportation mode.  

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    Program Schedule

    The MIT program is full-time, with classes scheduled Monday-Friday. With a few exceptions, classes are scheduled from 9:00am - 3:00pm. During the time students are in the field, schedules will vary based on the schedules of the K-12 school sites. 

    Classes begin prior to the University schedule, in mid-August, to align with the calendar of local School Districts.

    Phase Quarter Timeline Credits
    Social Justice Foundations & Methods of Teaching  Fall August - October 26/28
    Methods of Teaching Winter November - March 16/14
    Internship & Critical Reflection Spring April - June 18
    Hired Fall of following year

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    Master in Education in Transformational Teaching and Learning

    (Currently Being Developed) 

    Seattle University's College of Education is developing a new teacher certification program. This program will offer flexibility and accessibility for students, maintain the caliber of teacher preparation established by the long standing MIT program, and applicants can expect a program that is rooted in community-centered learning, social justice and anti-racism. Students in the EDLS or MIT program can choose join the M.Ed. courses to add an English Language Learners (ELL) endorsement after completing their respective programs. The ELL endorsement is built into the standard schedule for all M.Ed. students.

    Program Snapshot

    • Credits: 
      • 44 credits
      • 56 with added ELL endorsement
    • Program Duration: 2 years  
    • Program Scheduling: Part-time, evenings & weekends
    • Delivery: Hybrid – online and in-person 
    • Endorsement Options: 
    • Program Start: Summer
    • Application Priority Deadline: January 6, 2023
    • Program Cost: Cost information is located here. Learn more about scholarships here.
    • Field-Based Learning: Learn more here. 

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    Endorsements

    An endorsement is the specific subject matter or content area listed on your teaching certificate in Washington State. The state requires teacher candidates to demonstrate the content knowledge needed to teach the grade level standards for their initial endorsement subject(s). All applicants must complete the endorsement coursework outlined in their respective endorsement verification form. This coursework must be completed prior to starting the MEd program. Applicants do not need to have all of the coursework completed at the time of application; however, they should indicate plans for how they will complete the requirements prior to the program start date on their submitted endorsement form.

    All perspective applicants are asked to send a draft of their completed endorsement form and an unofficial transcript to mit@seattleu.edu to be reviewed and to received advising about any additional coursework that might be needed prior to beginning the MEd program. To view the Endorsement Verification Forms and to learn more about completing the form, visit the Admissions page. 

    Elementary Endorsement

    Students seeking an endorsement in elementary education will earn a certificate to teach literacy, math , science, social studies and art in kindergarten through eighth grade.  

    Secondary Endorsement

    Applicants seeking an endorsement in secondary education will earn a certificate to teach fifth through twelfth grades. The strongest applicants will have completed an undergraduate degree with a major in the subject area they wish to teach. Endorsement Options for the MEd program will include the options listed below and may include additional options.

    • Secondary (5-12)
      • Biology 
      • Chemistry
      • English Language Arts 
      • History
      • Mathematics 
      • Physics 
      • Social Studies with focus on Ethnic Studies
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    Added English Language Learners (ELL) Endorsement

    The ELL endorsement is optional in the MEd program and will qualify applicants to teach ELL to students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Applicants seeking an ELL endorsement must also select a primary endorsement in either Elementary Education or a subject-specific Secondary Education endorsement. There is no endorsement form for the ELL endorsement. Graduates of SU's College of Education EDLS and MIT programs are able to add this endorsement after completing their respective program coursework.

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    Program of Study

    Total Program Credits: 44 credits, 56 credits with ELL endorsement

    Throughout the program students can expect to take the following courses:

    • Learners and Community
    • Teaching for Social Justice
    • Critical Community Convening
    • ELL Endorsement Courses

    *The MEd Program is currently under construction. The updated course codes and titles will be shared upon acceptance to the program. 

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    Field-Based Learning Overview

    Field work during the M.Ed. program is designed with flexibility in mind for students who are maintaining full-time or part-time employment. Each quarter there will be a set number of field-based learning hours and learning outcomes that must be met to meet program expectations. Field-based learning experiences can vary and are summarized by the list provided below.

    • Community-based Learning Immersion
    • School & Classroom-based Learning Immersion
    • Full-time Internship
    • Ongoing Critical Action-Research based on Internship Community/School/Classroom(s)

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    Program Schedule

    The MEd program is a part-time program with a week-long summer intensive each summer, two evening classes per week and one Saturday per month. This format is designed to offer flexibility for students to maintain full or part-time employment during most, if not all of the program.

    Focus & Meeting Form

    Delivery

    Year 

    Quarter

    Timeline

    Credits

    Critical Inquiry into Identity & Community

    In-person – ~5 day intensive, Online - ~4-6 evenings

    Year 1

    Summer

    August

    4

    Ways of Knowing, Being & Learning in Communities

     

    In-person – 1 Saturday per month, Online - 2 evenings per week, Field-based Learning - TBD

    Year 1

    Fall

    September - December

    7

    Inclusive & Humanizing School-Based Communities

    In-person – 1 Saturday per month, Online - 2 evenings per week, Field-based Learning - TBD

    Year 1

    Winter

    January - March

    7

    Instruction Grounded in Justice & Critical Inquiry

    In-person – 1 Saturday per month, Online - 2 evenings per week, Field-based Learning - TBD

    Year 1

    Spring April - June 7

    Preparation for Internship & ELL Endorsement

    In-person – ~5 day intensive, Online - ~4-6 evenings or ~8-10 evenings with added ELL Endorsement

    Year 2

    Summer June - August 4 or 10 w/ELL

    Internship & ELL Learning Labs

    Full-time in internship classroom following school schedule. Working toward taking over full responsibility of class(es).

    Year 2

    Fall September - December 7

    Teacher Leadership through Critical Action Research I & ELL Endorsement

    In-person – 1 Saturday per month, Online - 2 evenings per week

    Year 2

    Winter January - March 4 or 7 w/ELL

    Teacher Leadership through Critical Action Research II & ELL Endorsement

    In-person – 1 Saturday per month, Online - 2 evenings per week, ELL internship - TBD

    Year 2

    Spring April - June 4 or 7 w/ELL
    Hired Fall of Year 3

    *The MEd Program is currently under construction. The updated program schedule will be shared upon acceptance to the program. 

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