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. We believe that effective teachers must possess the knowledge, skills and dispositions to successfully facilitate learning for students of diverse backgrounds and abilities. The essays and interview, are intended to reveal aspects about you as a person- including the knowledge, abilities and the personal experiences that you will bring into the complex demands of teaching. 

For general program information, contact us at, 360-650-3327. For advising specific to the MIT program, contact For information about WEST-B and WEST-E/NES requirements, contact Woodring Admissions at, 360-650-3313. Applicants seeking the Music endorsement must have pre-advising with  Early advising is encouraged!

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

  • Fall quarter start:  February 1
  • Spring quarter start:  September 1


Pre-application Requirements:

Provide evidence of content knowledge:

The first step is to create an online application through the Graduate School. Open the link, click on the "Apply for Admission" button, then proceed with the application steps. Upload unofficial transcripts; on the Endorsement MIT section indicate the endorsement(s) you are seeking, then check the box to request an endorsement evaluation.

Prospective applicants to Secondary Education’s MIT program must plan early in order for passing scores to be on record at Western by the application deadline. It is recommended to take the exam at least 4-6 weeks prior to application deadline and request for scores to be sent to WWU. An exception for spring 2019 applicants allows for an attempt at passing by the app. deadline; and if admitted, to have the passing score on file before the first day of SEC program classes. If you are not sure which WEST-E/NES test to take, review the endorsement you are seeking at, or contact Woodring Admissions at

Applicants may be advised to take courses to help them with specific knowledge relevant to Washington secondary schools- this is especially important if your major does not directly align with the endorsement you are pursuing. If you are unsure if your academic history will meet the requirements for the content test, talk with an advisor about recommended coursework to take before submitting an application to the SEC program. 

If bachelor’s degree is complete:
​Official passing WEST-E or NES endorsement test score is required by the application deadline. A short-term option will be in place for spring 2019 applicants- this option requires an attempt to pass the exam by the application deadline and to ensure, if admitted, that passing scores are on record prior to the first day of SEC program classes.

If bachelor’s degree is not complete at time of application: 
An attempt must be made to pass the WEST-E or NES endorsement exam by the application deadline; and if admitted, to have degree and passing score before the first day of MIT classes.

Content Test Site:

Woodring website:


Additional Application Requirements:


  • Passing scores to meet the WEST-B requirement must be on record by the application deadline. The requirement may be met by the a) WEST-B exam, b) SAT, and/or c) ACT. For details, see the WEST-B Requirement website
  • Youth experience and multicultural knowledge
    • Experience working with youth in an educational setting, with preference to public secondary schools. The online application has fields to complete with the following information:
      • School name, organization, or location
      • Beginning and end dates
      • Total number of hours
      • Contact person for verification
      • Ages/grade levels of youth
      • Approximate number of youth
      • Brief summary of experiences and responsibilities
      • Brief description of how these experiences impact what you will bring to the classroom
    • Experience with youth and families in diverse socio-economic, cultural, linguistic settings, and/or evidence of experience and academic knowledge with multicultural and social justice issues and challenges.
  • Completion of an English composition course with a grade of “B” or higher.
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA- see details below.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (official transcripts required if admitted).
  • Submit the on-line application by the deadline.
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing your potential for success in teacher education- details below.
  • Essays that address the prompts below.
  • Résumé.
  • International students see additional information.
  • On-campus interview with Secondary Education faculty.
  • Baccalaureate degree completed prior to program start.


Further Notes on MIT Requirements:

The Graduate School requires a 3.0 grade point average (GPA); however, if an applicant’s GPA is slightly below a 3.0 and 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 has supervised your experience working with youth in an educational setting.  One letter from someone who can attest to your strengths/knowledge in your academic major/endorsement, preferably a university professor. The third letter can be from an additional academic/youth reference. Letters may not be from family, friends, 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. 

Essay Prompts  (Essay updates were made in July 2018)

We believe that successful teachers must possess the knowledge, skills and dispositions to effectively facilitate learning for students of diverse backgrounds and abilities. The essays are intended to reveal aspects about you as a person- including the knowledge, abilities and personal experiences that you will bring into the complex demands of teaching. The essays will be reviewed based on the following criteria:  academic preparation, experience with youth, experience working with diverse populations, a commitment to social justice, and writing proficiency.

Each essay should address the prompt, include your name, title of essay, and be 1-2 pages, 12pt, double-spaced, in PDF file format.

Essay One (formerly known as "Statement of Purpose")
Tell us why you wish to pursue a career in teaching. How do your experiences and disposition prepare you to be successful in the Secondary Education program? 

Essay Two 
How might an educator’s unacknowledged biases or taken-for-granted assumptions affect their ability to create a safe, inclusive, and culturally responsive learning environment?

Essay Three
Describe your experiences with youth and families in diverse socio-economic, cultural and linguistic settings. Comment on any experiences with academic courses that have provided you knowledge of multicultural and social justice issues and challenges. How does this knowledge and these experiences prepare you to be an effective teacher?


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”.  Interviews are typically held between 4-8 weeks after application deadline. 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

  • Create an online application and upload all required documents; you will be able to reopen and save account.
  • Submit your application on or before the application deadline- once the application is submitted, there is a $100 fee, so make sure you are ready to apply. 
  • After the application deadline, materials are reviewed to determine if all requirements are met.
  • Completed applications are reviewed by Secondary Education faculty.
  • Applicants will receive details about the on-campus interview.
  • After the interview Secondary Education makes admission recommendations to the Graduate School, generally 7-14 days after interview.
  • The Graduate School then notifies applicants of their admission status by e-mail. If admitted, you will receive additional program information.

Other 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.

Graduate Assistant (GA) positions
​Candidates accepted to the Master in Teaching program are eligible for Graduate Assistant (GA) positions. There are graduate teaching assistantships available in the Secondary Education Department, and several positions available in Woodring or other campus departments. 

Student Teaching (Internship)
Candidates are recommended for a 14-week student teaching internship after completion of all Secondary and endorsement coursework and having passing scores for content test(s). 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.  

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

  • Meet all Teacher Certification requirements.
  • Successfully complete all Secondary and endorsement coursework.
  • Have current fingerprint/character and fitness clearance.