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Master in Teaching

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The Master in Teaching (MIT) program at Washington State University Spokane is intended for those who possess a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education and is designed to prepare students to become effective elementary or secondary education teachers. And, you can do it in just a calendar year. This program of study leads to a master’s degree and a Washington state elementary or secondary education teaching certificate.


Students begin their coursework in summer session, continue with classes and add pre-internship experiences at school sites during the fall semester, do their full-time student teaching (16-week internship) in the spring semester, and complete additional coursework the following summer. The course of study provides:

  • all coursework to meet the state of Washington K-8 certification;
  • a Constructivist approach to teaching and learning; and
  • a range of diverse-learner experiences.

The Pullman/Spokane program is offered through both live in-person classes and through interactive courses broadcast over the Academic Media System (AMS). We have faculty on both campuses supporting your learning and progress in the program. Your faculty advisor and clinical supervisor for your internships in the public schools will be Spokane faculty.

When successfully completed, the MIT program results in a master’s degree and teacher certification. Therefore, all MIT students complete both certification and graduate research courses. All MIT students complete a research project and present the project results at the culmination of their program. The inquiry projects focus on understanding the positive impact of education on student learning.

For more information, please review the Program Handbook:


The WSU Spokane Master in Teaching (MIT) admits a cohort of students each June, and the priority deadline for submitting MIT applications is November 15 of the preceding year. Additionally, complete applications will be considered on a space available basis until March 1.

  • The following items must be submitted directly to the WSU Graduate School in addition to the online application:
    • Official transcripts showing all previous college or university coursework
    • Three letters of recommendation. Please inform each of your three reference writers to discuss the following items in support of your application: (1) your experience working with children, (2) your facility with written, oral and interpersonal communication, (3) your academic ability to do graduate-level work, and (4) your interpersonal skills. It is preferred that letters of recommendation directly support the applicants experiences listed in the Documentation of Professional and/or Volunteer Experiences form.
    • Current resume (if submitted to the Graduate School, you are not required to submit an additional copy to the College of Education)
  • The Application packet must be submitted directly to the College of Education Office of Graduate Studies

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Office of Graduate Studies
College of Education
Washington State University
70 Cleveland Hall
PO Box 642114
Pullman, WA 99164-2114

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