Dec 05, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Master in Teaching (Online, GYO)

College: Education 
Academic Award: Master in Teaching 
Credits Required: 30 semester credits 
Faculty Lead: TBA
CIP Code: 13.1399 
Available at: Online 

The College of Education (COE) Master in Teaching (MIT) program prepares post-baccalaureate candidates with strong academic credentials who seek the first level of teacher certification and who demonstrate a high aptitude for scholarship and teaching at the elementary and secondary levels. Candidates earn a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate and the MIT degree simultaneously.

The Grow Your Own (GYO) alternative routes program offers online academics with rich field experience. This program is run in conjunction with our GYO partner school districts and is aimed at designated school district employees or career-changers connected to partner districts.

Post-graduate students commit to a three-semester/30-credit learning experience which includes student teaching (6 credits) and graduate level coursework (24 credits). Coursework is fully online and student teaching takes place within the candidate’s district.

Program Outcomes

The COE, directed by broad research and theory, and in accordance with state standards, prepares teachers in five specific proficiencies. The following outcomes guide our candidates’ experience throughout the program:

Holistic Teachers:

  1. Candidates demonstrate culturally responsive pedagogy aimed at the holistic learning of all students;

Adaptive Teachers:

  1. Candidates demonstrate differentiated teaching, adapting instruction where appropriate to meet student needs while remaining aligned with learning standards;

Learner-Focused Teachers:

  1. Candidates demonstrate reflective instruction, analyzing student work in order to further develop their own pedagogical practices;
  2. Candidates pass their state-required WEST-E/NES content assessments necessary for certification (endorsement areas: Elementary Education, English Language Learner (ELL), Special Education (SPED), Biology, Secondary Mathematics, Middle Level (ML) Mathematics, and ML Science).
  3. Candidates demonstrate pedagogical proficiency through Candidate Pedagogy Portfolio scores.

Transfer Credits 

GYO MIT students may transfer up to 6 credit hours of eligible graduate-level coursework (subject to the Dean’s approval) from an accredited institution towards their degree. 

Academic Progress 

Successful applicants should have a previous cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B level) or higher; candidates holding a lower GPA may be admitted to the program conditionally and granted one semester in which to earn a satisfactory GPA. Students must earn at least a B- (2.7) in each class in order to progress to subsequent semesters. 

Program Transition Points 

To continue in program, candidates must meet minimum criteria at key transition points: 

  • Semester 1 to Semester 2: Candidates must earn at least a B- in each of their classes. 
  • Student Teaching: Candidates must successfully complete content tests (WEST-E or NES), earn passing InTASC and dispositional scores from their Supervisor and Mentor Teacher(s), and complete the minimum number of hours.

Critical Concern Report 

From time to time, an issue arises which is beyond the scope of academic progress and outside of program transitions. The COE uses a Critical Concern Report (CCR) to document such instances. In the case that a CCR about a candidate is made to the Dean and found to be warranted, the COE will conduct an evaluation of the candidate’s status in program. 


Students who leave the cohort for any reason and wish to return are required to meet with the Dean of the College of Education or designee to initiate the readmission process. Readmission to the College of Education is subject to space availability, decided on an individual basis, and is allowed one time only. 

Master in Teaching: 30


  • Secondary Biology (5-12) 
  • Secondary Mathematics (5-12) 
  • Middle Level (4-9): Mathematics or Science 
  • Elementary (K-8) 
  • English Language Learners (ELL) (K-12) 
  • Special Education (SPED) (K-12) 


Total: 30 Semester Credits