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Master in Teaching – Questions and Answers

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    1.  What is the MIT program?
    2.  Why WSU?
    3.  What is the format?
    4.  When does the program start and end?
    5.  When is the application deadline?
    6.  Can I still apply after the application deadline?
    7.  In what subjects does WSU provide licensure?
    8.  Are there any prerequisite courses?
    9.  Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
    10.  What are the costs?
    11.  Are there any required tests and when must they be completed?
    12.  How do I apply? 

 

 

What is the MIT program?

Our Master in Teaching (MIT) degree is a high quality, intensive, practitioner-oriented, teacher preparation program designed for those with non-education bachelor degrees. It is designed to prepare students to become effective elementary or secondary education teachers in just ONE calendar year!

Why WSU?

The WSU difference. WSU is one of America’s top research universities, with professors among the best in their field who are committed to developing students’ cultural competence and developing professional and responsible future teachers/leaders in our community. Our MIT program prepares you for your career. WSU has certified more current K-12 administrators than any other university in the state of Washington and thanks to the reputation of students who have previously completed our teacher preparation program WSU Cougars love to hire fellow WSU alumni. Go Cougs!

What is the format?

Courses are offered through live in-person classes, interactive courses broadcast over the Academic Media System (AMS), and online. The MIT program is an integrated course of study with field experiences in public schools across two semesters.

When does the program start and end?

The Pullman/Spokane MIT programs begin each June and end just 13 months later.

When is the application deadline?

The priority deadline for Pullman/Spokane are November 15.  We will accept applications on a space available basis until February 15. 

Can I still apply after the application deadline?

After the application deadline, please contact Nick Sewell (nsewell@wsu.edu) for information about the Pullman MIT Program or Kelly LaGrutta (lagrutta@wsu.edu) for information about the Spokane MIT Program.

In what subjects does WSU provide licensure?

WSU provides certification (endorsements) for individuals to teach either at the elementary level (K-8) or in a wide variety of subject areas at the secondary level.  Applicants wishing to teach in a self-contained (i.e., Special Education) elementary classroom will complete the elementary MIT program and will earn an elementary education endorsement. Secondary teachers are content specialists and will complete an endorsement in the area they want to teach. Select the below URL to see which endorsements are available at each of the WSU campuses:

https://education.wsu.edu/undergradprograms/teachered/endorsements/list/

Are there any prerequisite courses?

For the elementary program– NO.  Incoming MIT students will have demonstrated mastery of the following foundational subject areas (American government, US History, economics, mathematics, life and physical science, and geography) by successful completion of the NES examination.  Whereas completing college coursework in these areas is recommended, it is not required.

For the secondary program– MAYBE. Generally, individuals holding a bachelor’s degree with a major in the subject area they will be teaching will need to take a methods course and possibly an additional course or two in their content area during the fall term while enrolled in the program and not need to take prerequisite coursework.  These individuals should use the “Evaluation Assessment Chart.” to determine these courses.  Students with an undergraduate major different than the subject they will be teaching will have more deficiencies and require prerequisite coursework  prior to beginning the program.  A course by course evaluation of their undergraduate transcript will determine these prerequisite courses.

Is there a minimum GPA requirement?

Yes.  For admission into the Graduate School applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.  For individuals with less than 3.0 GPA the department may request a calculation of the last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits.  If that GPA is calculated to be above 3.0 the department has the option to recommend a student be admitted to the Graduate School.  Occasionally, program faculty will recommend the admission of an applicant whose GPA is below a 3.0 if the balance of their application is exceptional and they have reason to believe the applicant will be successful in the program.

What are the costs?

The COSTS link (https://finaid.wsu.edu/cost-of-attendance/) provides the cost of tuition and fees for spring and fall terms.  Determining costs for summer is a bit more complicated because tuition for summer terms are broken down on a per credit basis and the credit requirements differ for the elementary and secondary programs and for the programs offered at each campus. To determine the summer costs for the program in which you are interested you will need to obtain the summer credit requirements from the appropriate handbook (https://education.wsu.edu/graduate/mit/handbooks/)

then obtain the cost per credit from the SUMMER tuition page (https://summer.wsu.edu/tuition-and-fees/)

Are there any required tests?

Washington State requires all certified teachers to complete testing in basic skills, content knowledge and pedagogy.

Basic Skills– All teachers must demonstrate basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. The MIT program requires basic skills to be met prior to admission. Basic skills can be met through Washington’s Educator Skills Test – Basic (WEST-B), SAT or ACT scores. See acceptable scores in the table below on the following URL https://education.wsu.edu/undergradprograms/teachered/basicskillstesting/

Subtest from multiple tests can be used fulfill the basic skills requirement.  Applicants not residing in Washington may take the Praxis 1 or CBEST or NES (Essential Academic Skills) exam in lieu of the WEST-B exam.  Official scores from each test being used must be on file with WSU before applicants can be admitted to the MIT program.

Acceptable Scores
Subject WEST-B SAT ACT
Math 240 515 Prior to 3/16 22
530 After 3/16
Reading 240 500 Prior to 3/16 22
27 After 3/16
Writing 240 490 Prior to 3/16 8 (2/05-8/15)
28 After 3/16 23 ( 9/15-8/16)

8 (beginning 9/16)

 

Content KnowledgeThe content exams verify that each teacher possesses the content knowledge in each endorsement they are completing. The Washington Educator Skills Test – Endorsement (WEST-E) or National Evaluation Series (NES) are the assessments used to fulfill this requirement. Students who meet endorsement requirements with their bachelor’s degree must pass the content exam prior to admission. Candidates completing elementary education or a secondary endorsement different than their undergraduate degree must register to take the content exam prior to enrolling in TCH_LRN 593, Pre Internship. Passing scores must be on file prior to student teaching Individuals planning to complete endorsements in Spanish or French must pass the American Council on the Teaching pf Foreign Languages (ACTFL) at the Advance Low in addition to the Designated World Langue WEST-E.

How do I apply?

Follow this link and get started on your application today.

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