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 encouraged!

For general program information, contact us at, 360-650-3327. For information about pre-application requirements, contact Woodring Admissions at, 360-650-3310. For advising specific to the MIT program, contact


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

  • Fall quarter:  February 1
  • Winter quarter:  September 1 (winter 2019 applicants- admitted candidates will begin the program in spring 2019, not winter 2019)


Pre-application Requirements:

  • A signed endorsement evaluation is required to determine if you are eligible to apply. For this program, you are strongly encouraged to have all endorsement courses complete at the time you would begin the program.
    • To initiate an evaluation, upload all unofficial transcripts to your online Graduate School application, The Woodring Certification Officer will review the transcripts, then contact you or upload a completed evaluation worksheet to your application. If you have more than 10 endorsement credits outstanding on the evaluation, you will need to indicate if there are courses in-progress or planned prior to starting the MIT program. 
  • 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
  • Applicants seeking the Music endorsement must have pre-advising with
  • 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.
  • Completion of an English composition course with a grade of “B” or higher.

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree completed prior to program start.
  • 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.
  • Résumé.
  • International students see additional information.
  • On-campus interview with Secondary Education faculty.


Further Notes on MIT Requirements:

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. 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. 

Essays-    Applicants for winter 2019- please note that new prompts will be posted in July 2018
Application essays will be reviewed based on the following criteria: academic preparation, experience with youth, experience working with diverse populations, and teaching for social justice. We seek to know important aspects about you as a person- including your knowledge, abilities and the personal experiences you will bring into the complex demands of teaching.

Using the prompts below, complete A, B, and C to tell us about the important aspects of who you are and the commitments you will bring to teaching. Each essay must be 1-2 pages, 12pt font, and double-spaced; add your name and the prompt you are addressing to the top of each page.

Statement of Purpose  (Essay Prompt A)  Tell us about your experiences with young people and how these experiences have influenced 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 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 One-  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 Prompt C.  Supplemental Essay Two-  The Woodring College vision is to “foster community relationships and a culture of learning that advance knowledge, embrace diversities, and promote social justice.” This vision establishes the educational values that guide the College. Given these values 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? What personal characteristics do you bring to teaching this subject?


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.
  • Application 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, generally 7-14 days, Secondary Education makes admission recommendations to the Graduate School.
  • A few days after 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.

Graduate Assistant (GA) positions
​Candidates accepted to the Master in Teaching program are eligible for Graduate Assistant (GA) positions. There are two graduate teaching assistantships available in the Secondary Education Department, and a number of positions available in other campus departments.  See the Graduate School Website for more information.

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.
  • Receive a passing score in Content Test for endorsement(s).
  • Have current fingerprint/character and fitness clearance.