Application Information, MIT Bellingham

Important Application Dates:

  • Fall quarter 2021: February 1, 2021
  • Spring quarter 2022: October 1, 2021

Program Application

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.

Contact the Woodring Admissions Office at for application requirements. Applicants seeking the Music endorsement should also contact Professor Patty Bourne for advising. Our department manager, Janna Cecka, can provide general program information,

The Graduate School online application process can be reviewed here, WWU Graduate Admissions (; if you have technical questions regarding the online application, e-mail

Pre-application Requirement

1. Start an online application,

2. A signed endorsement evaluation is required with your application for all endorsements you may be earning. You should request an evaluation when most of your endorsement courses are complete or in progress. You should request the evaluation at least a few weeks prior to the application deadline. No more than 10 endorsement credits may be outstanding once you begin the MIT program. An endorsement evaluation can be requested in the online application; or, if you are a current WWU undergrad, request the evaluation from your major advisor during the academic year. An evaluation should include a note for any courses that are in progress or planned from the time application is submitted to the program start date. Non-WWU graduates must include relevant endorsement course descriptions to determine possible WWU equivalencies.

3. Meet the Basic Skills requirement. This may be met by: a) taking the WEST-B exam, b) SAT scores, and/or c) ACT scores. There is no minimum score requirement for admission. See the Woodring admissions website: Scores need to be sent from testing site by the application deadline.

* While not an application requirement, it is recommended to take the Content Test,, for your endorsement(s) and submit scores with your application. The Content Test will be required prior to student teaching/internship.

Application Requirements

  • 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 Skills 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.
  • Resumé.
  • 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).
  • International applicants check here for additional requirements.

Requirements Upon Program Admission

Candidates admitted to the Woodring College of Education must meet specified requirements throughout the course of their teacher education program in order to remain in the program. Upon acceptance, each candidate receives a detailed letter for next steps, and is assigned a Secondary Education faculty advisor. All newly admitted candidates must attend the mandatory orientation and advising session before beginning first quarter classes. Candidates may be dropped from Secondary Education for failing to attend the required orientation.

Some of the requirements include:

  • Completion of a Pre-Residency Clearance through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and a fingerprint background check.
  • Completion of the Woodring College of Education Prevention of Sexual Harassment Training.
  • Completion of the Woodring College of Education Blood-Borne Pathogens Training.
  • Completion of the online Student Conduct Requirements and Agreement.

General Retention Requirements

  • Candidates must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, beginning with the quarter they are notified of admission to Secondary Education and all subsequent quarters even quarters when no education courses are being taken. Candidates who fail to meet this standard will receive a letter advising them that they have been dropped from the program.
  • Candidates must earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in the professional education sequence, and a C or better in all courses required for the endorsement. See Woodring College and the Graduate School policies for more information.
  • Candidates not registered for program or endorsement courses will be required to register for GRAD 699 every quarter (excluding summer) until all degree requirements are completed.
  • Candidates must complete all certification and endorsement course work.
  • Candidates are required to conduct themselves in a professional manner, demonstrating good moral character and personal fitness.

Program Completion

To qualify for program completion and recommendation for state of Washington residency certification, candidates must complete the following requirements and assessments:

  • A state-approved, performance-based teacher preparation program that includes preparation in an endorsable subject area, teaching methodology, and an internship.
  • Evidence of good moral character and personal fitness.
  • Passing score in content test for each endorsement to be earned. The content tests are Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST-E), National Evaluation Series (NES), and American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL).
  • Passing score on the education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).
  • Successful completion of the student teaching internship as shown by performance on the WWU Intern Development and Evaluation System (IDES).
  • Candidates who interrupt enrollment in a teacher education program for more than two consecutive quarters (summer quarter not included) must meet all program admission, completion and certification requirements in place for the quarter in which they expect to return.
  • 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.