Master in Teaching (MIT) - Bellingham

This program is designed for those who wish to earn Washington residency certification to teach middle and/or high school and a graduate degree. Early advising is highly recommended! For information and early advising, contact the Secondary Education Department at 360 650-3327, request an appointment with Christina.Carlson@wwu.edu or Janna.Cecka@wwu.edu, or stop by Miller Hall 400.

 

Applications and all supporting materials must be received by the following deadlines:

  • Fall quarter:  February 1
  • Winter quarter:  September 1

 

Pre-application Requirements:

  • A pre-advising meeting (or correspondence) with SEC faculty or staff is required to help determine the best time to apply- contact  Christina.Carlson@wwu.edu or Janna.Cecka@wwu.edu. (Music applicants only- you must also contact Patty.Bourne@wwu.edu.)  
  • A signed endorsement evaluation is required with your application- the evaluation is for your qualifying endorsement and for any additional endorsement(s) you may be earning. No more than 10 endorsement credits may be outstanding once you begin the SEC program. The evaluation should indicate any courses that are in progress or planned. Forms for endorsement requirements are at wce.wwu.edu/cert/endorsements. To obtain a signed evaluation, applicants (except Music) may email unofficial transcripts with the name of your endorsement(s) and request an evaluation to Peter.Johnson@wwu.edu.
  • Passing scores to meet the WEST-B requirement are necessary prior to applying to ensure WWU has your scores on record by the application deadline. The requirement may be met by meeting the a) WEST-B exam, b) SAT, and/or c) ACT. For details, see the WEST-B Requirement website wce.wwu.edu/admissions/west-b-requirement.

 

Application Requirements:

  • Meet all pre-application requirements.
    • Early advising meeting with SEC faculty or staff.
    • A signed endorsement evaluation that indicates 10 or less credits remaining in endorsement coursework.
    • Meet the WEST-B requirement: passing scores must be on file by the application due date.
  • Experience working with youth in an educational setting (preferably in public schools).
  • Experience working with diverse communities.
  • Baccalaureate degree.
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA- see details below.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (official transcripts required if admitted).
  • Create a Graduate School on-line application account and submit materials by the application deadline.
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing your potential for success in teacher education- details below.
  • Essays that address the prompts below (expect new prompts in July 2017 for winter 2018 applicants).
  • Completion of an English composition course with a grade of “B” or higher.
  • Résumé.
  • International students see additional information.
  • On-campus interview with Secondary Education faculty.


 

Further Notes on MIT Requirements:

GPA
The Graduate School minimum requirement is 3.0 GPA for the most recent 90 quarter or 60 semester credits, including upper division post-bac. However, if an applicant’s GPA is slightly below a 3.0 but they demonstrate strength in all other components of the application, a provisional admission may be considered.

Three Letters of Reference
One letter from someone who can attest to your strengths/knowledge in your academic major/endorsement, preferably a university professor.  One letter from someone who has observed your experience working with youth in an educational setting and can provide a character reference. The third letter can be an additional character reference. Letters should not be from family members or roommates.  The online application includes a reference request process that will send emails to the recommenders you specify and provide them with a form to make their recommendations. 

Essays-     NEW PROMPTS  will be posted by July 2017 for winter 2018 applicants
For prompts A, B, and C, we want to know about the important aspects of who you are as a person and the commitments you will bring to teaching. Add your name and the prompt letter to the top of each page. Use 12pt font, double-spaced, length should be 1-2 pages.

Essay Prompt A.  Statement of Purpose-  First, state the name(s) of the qualifying and any additional endorsement(s) you will obtain.  Tell us about your experiences with young people and how these experiences have inspired you to become a teacher. These experiences may include a broad range of volunteer or paid activities. How have your experiences working with youth led you to consider becoming a teacher? What skills and understanding did you develop that you think are important for teaching? What personal characteristics do you possess that you think will make you an effective teacher?

Essay Prompt B.  Supplemental Essay-  The Woodring College vision is to “foster community relationships and a culture of learning that advance knowledge, embrace diversity, and promote social justice.” This vision establishes the educational values that guide the College.

Given this vision and your understanding of your major, please tell us why you believe your academic major is an important subject to teach in the high school/middle school classroom. How do you think you can foster an appreciation for this subject among ALL learners in a diverse society?

Essay Prompt C.  Supplemental Essay-  Choose one of the following prompts.  In your essay, reflect on what you learned from the experience that will influence you as a teacher:

  • Describe a time in your life when you encountered a problem or adversity. What was the problem? How did you handle the situation?
    OR
  • Describe a time when you changed your perception of an idea, a person, or an event. Provide information regarding the context and explain what led you to change your mind.
    OR
  • Describe a time when you were very uncomfortable, when you were experiencing conflict, or when your assumptions were challenged. What did you do?
     

Interview
The on-campus interview with Secondary Education faculty is a key component of the application process, as it provides critical information about the interpersonal and communication skills essential for teacher education candidates.  It is also a great opportunity for applicants to learn more about the MIT program to determine if this is a good “fit”.  Tentative interview dates are the first Friday in March for fall quarter applicants, and the last Friday in September for winter quarter applicants. If an applicant has commitments that cannot be changed, or is out of reasonable travel distance, they must contact the department early to see if an alternative process can be arranged.

Application Process

  • Applicants submit all documentation to the Graduate School.
  • Completed applications are forwarded to Secondary Education for review.
  • Faculty and staff review the application materials and determine if all requirements are met.
  • Applicants will receive details about the on-campus interview.
  • After the interview, generally 7-10 days, Secondary Education makes recommendations to the Graduate School.
  • A few days after receiving the department recommendation, the Graduate School notifies applicants of their admission by e-mail.
     

Application note:  the State of Washington requests the following from teacher education applicants, however the information WILL NOT be used in the review of your application.

Which most closely reflects the highest education level of your parent(s) and/or guardian(s)?

  • Some high school, high school diploma, or GED
  • Some college, college, graduate school

Is your first language English?

  • Yes
  • No

 

Admitted Candidates
All new candidates attend a mandatory day-long orientation the day before classes begin and meet with the Secondary graduate advisors.  You will have an assigned advisor to assist with course planning and serve as a mentor throughout the program.  Candidates will complete a Graduate Plan of Study (POS) which serves as a contract with the Graduate School; any revisions must be approved by your graduate advisor and Graduate School.

Student Teaching (Internship)
At the completion of all Secondary and endorsement coursework, candidates are recommended for a 14-week student teaching internship.  The internship is an opportunity for you to develop from a teacher candidate to a professional educator, and can open doors for future employment.  In order to devote full time attention to the internship, we encourage candidates not to hold jobs during this time.  We understand that realistically this may not always be possible; yet, we advise against excessive time commitments that could adversely affect performance in the internship.  For more information about the internship, please visit the Office of Field Experience.  During the student teaching internship, the Secondary department will initiate an Application for Degree.

Capstone/Research Course
After successfully completing the student teaching internship, candidates enroll in a 4-credit capstone/research course (Sec 691).

Program Completion
To be eligible for degree recommendation, candidates must:

  • Meet all Teacher Certification requirements.
  • Complete Secondary and endorsement coursework.
  • Receive a passing score in Content Test for endorsement(s).
  • Have current fingerprint/character and fitness clearance.
  • Successfully complete all program courses.