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Program Office: WWU Master in Teaching – Everett
Everett University Center
915 N. Broadway
Everett, WA 98201
Academic Program Director
Christine Caverhill Schaefer, Ph.D.
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Master in Teaching (MIT) Program - Everett
This Master in Teaching program has attracted adult students from many different fields and professions who have decided that high school, middle school, or junior high school teaching offers an exciting career alternative. The students' professional preparation consists of 68 quarter credit hours that are completed over 7 quarters of academic study, including 14 weeks of full-time student teaching in local public secondary education classrooms.
The program is designed to accommodate the needs of students who need or wish to continue working during the course of program completion. Students generally take two or three classes during an academic quarter, thus requiring classroom attendance two or three nights per week between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Our program seeks to admit 15-20 students each year.
- An approved endorsement evaluation is required to determine if you are eligible to fully submit an application.
- To request an endorsement evaluation, create an online account through the Graduate School’s application process. Upload unofficial transcripts, indicate the endorsement(s) you are seeking, then check the box to request an endorsement evaluation.
- Endorsements must be completed or nearly so by the time the program starts. You should include any course that are in progress or planned from the time the application is submitted to the program start date.
- Non-Western graduates should include course descriptions and/or syllabi to determine if there are course equivalencies.
- It is recommended, but not required, to include scores from WEST-E or NES content tests when submitting your application.
- Passing scores to meet the WEST-B requirement must be submitted, ideally, by the application deadline, but additional time can be given with advisement. 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 wce.wwu.edu/admissions/west-b-requirement.
Baccalaureate degree (or degree completed prior to program start date).
- Minimum overall grade point average of 3.0.
- WEST-B requirement met.
- Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (official transcripts required if admitted).
- Completed endorsement evaluation.
- Essays and statement of purpose (see below for details).
- Three letters of reference (see below for details).
- Completion of an approved English composition course, with a grade of B or higher.
- Individual and Group Interviews by Secondary Education faculty on Everett’s campus (details provided).
Requirements Upon Program Admission
An orientation to the program will be provided to explain the requirements, which 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.
Washington Education Skills Test (WEST-B) requirement
Three subtests are required: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. These can be met with passing scores on the following tests or a combination of subtests.
- WEST- E/NES scores must be recorded before students teaching.
To Apply, go to: http://www.wwu.edu/gradschool/how-to-apply.shtml
Most materials, including unofficial transcripts, your essays, and resume, are required to be uploaded at the time you submit your application, so preparing them in advance will expedite your process.
- Applicants submit all documentation to the Graduate School.
- Completed applications are forwarded to Secondary Education for review.
- Faculty and staff review the applications and evaluate the status of the endorsement requirements.
- Applicants will receive details about the on-campus (Everett University Center) 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.
Details on MIT Requirements
An endorsement designates the subject area for teaching in middle and/or high school classrooms, and is typically the academic major for one's baccalaureate degree. We accept English, Math, Science and Social Studies endorsements. Please speak with us about other majors.
The Washington Education Skills Test- Basic (WEST-B) requirement can be met by a) passing the WEST-B exam, b) SAT minimum scores, or c) ACT minimum scores. Official passing scores must be on file by the application due date; please request that electronic score reports be sent to the main WWU Admissions Office. (Code 248)
It is recommended, but not required, for applicants to include scores from WEST-E or NES content tests at the time of application. Prior to entering the student teaching internship, candidates are required to take the content test(s). For more information, contact Christine Schaefer, Christine.Schaefer@wwu.edu.
The Graduate School minimum requirement is 3.0; 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
There should be one letter from someone who can attest to academic strength in the major – preferably a university professor. Another letter should be from someone who can speak to the applicant's experiences with youth and/or diverse populations. The third letter can be from either of these, or perhaps a character reference; however, 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 & Prompts - Include name and title of essay. These should be 1-2 pages, double-spaced:
Essay One: 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 bias 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 Secondary MIT program and faculty to determine if this is a good “fit”.
Plan ahead to attend the interview, which is usually 3-4 weeks after the application deadline. If an applicant has commitments that cannot be changed, or is out of reasonable travel distance, they can interview via SKYPE (with early notification).
All new candidates attend a mandatory orientation before classes begin. You will have an assigned advisor to assist with course planning and serve as a mentor throughout the program.
Student Teaching (Internship)
At the completion of all secondary education and endorsement coursework, candidates are recommended for a quarter-long 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, but we advise against excessive time commitments that could adversely affect performance in the internship. During the student teaching internship, the Secondary Education department will initiate an Application for Degree.
After successfully completing the student teaching internship, candidates enroll in a 4-credit capstone/research course (Sec 691).
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.
- Pass a 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).
- Pass 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.
Required Program Courses
❑ Research and Foundations — 12 credits
SEC 512 - Seminar in Educational Philosophy Credits: 4
❑ Secondary Master’s Requirements — 34 credits
SEC 433 - Teaching and Learning Laboratory Credits: 1
SEC 435 - Secondary Practicum I Credits: 2
SEC 436 - Secondary Practicum II Credits: 1
SEC 510 - Teacher As Communicator Credits: 2
SEC 531 - Teaching Adolescents Credits: 4
❑ Internship (18 credits)
SEC 595 - Graduate Internship Credits: 18
❑ Research Course (4 credits)
SEC 691 - Research Seminar Credits: 4