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Master in Teaching

Whitworth's Master in Teaching consistently has some of the highest placement rates in the region; our graduates are highly sought-after by school principals and are recognized for their excellent preparation. 

"When I screen applications, this is one of my 'look-for' items. Whitworth MIT students receive an intentional blend of pedagogical theory and practice that prepares them for success as a first-year teacher."

-Ray Picicci
Assistant Principal, Mead High School

Come join us; you'll leave well-prepared to teach in just 13 months.

  • Earn your master's degree in teaching and your Washington state teaching certificate at the same time.
  • Get started in our elementary education cohort with a bachelor’s degree in any subject.
  • Our secondary education cohort includes students in all core content areas, including English language arts (ELA), math, science, social studies, health and fitness, languages, and the arts. 

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Degree Snapshot
Credits 47 (elementary education)
44 (secondary education)
Completion Time 13 months
Class Format Majority day program with full academic year of student teaching
Cost Per Credit $675* per credit 
Scholarships & Financial Aid Financial aid & scholarships available, including a scholarship dedicated to Whitworth alumni.

MIT students are eligible to receive up to $20,500 in federal loans each academic year. The MIT program is comprised of two academic years.
Application Deadline Priority Application Deadline: Feb. 16
Regular Application Deadline: May 1

*anticipated for the 2024-25 academic year

Earn more with a Master's

At Spokane Public Schools, you can earn nearly $8,000 more as a first-year teacher with a master's degree than with only a bachelor's degree. Base salary begins at $60,006, compared to $52,778 with a bachelor's, and you can achieve pay raises with additional years of service and college credits. See for yourself: View the complete SPS teacher salary schedule by clicking here. Even better, you can join our elementary education program with a bachelor's degree in any subject. 

Join Us in Class

If you have questions about Whitworth's Master in Teaching, or if you would like to sit in on a class, please contact the MIT advisor at 509.777.3769 (Spokane).

Curriculum & Course Schedule

The Whitworth Master in Teaching Program lets you earn a master’s degree and your Washington state teaching certificate at the same time. Students in the elementary education program must complete 47 credits; students seeking a secondary certification must complete 44 credits.

Each MIT course is presented as a progressive model to parallel the year-long student teaching practicum. The parallel nature of these two elements allows for meaningful connections and applications between what you're learning at Whitworth and what you're experiencing in the classroom.

Summer Term #1 (July 1-Aug. 9)
  • Educational foundations courses
  • Subject-specific methods courses
  • Technology in education

June 20: New student orientation

Fall Term (Aug. 19-Dec. 20)

Session 1: Aug. 19-Sept. 27
Session 2: Sept. 30-Nov. 8
Session 3: Nov. 11-Dec. 20

  • Student-teaching:
    You're in the classroom for the first day of school.
  • Content methods courses (math, science, English)
  • Multilingual Learners
Spring Term (Jan. 6-May 9)

Session I: Jan. 6-Feb. 14
Session 2: Feb. 17-March 28
Session 3: March 31-May 9 (Intercultural Experience)

  • Student-teaching:
    Experience the last day of school in the classroom.
  • Multicultural experience
  • Job fairs
Summer Term #2 (May 19-June 27)
  • Research/presentations
  • Educational foundation courses
  • Job interviews
  • Graduation
  • Job placement

Please see the following links for course schedules and more information about the Whitworth MIT program:

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the program begin and end?

The full-time Master in Teaching Program lasts approximately 13 months. The program begins in June and finishes the following June.

When are applications due?

Priority applications are due in February. All other applications are due June 1, unless program capacity has been reached prior to that date. If space allows, strong applications may be considered after this time. We recommend that you submit your application materials as soon as possible. We begin reviewing applications and interviewing as early as October.

What will my endorsement cover?

Elementary Education
Endorsements in elementary education certifies you to teach in grades K-8, during the MIT program your student teaching is done in a self-contained elementary classroom (K-5), so your Whitworth student-teaching experience would not take place at a middle school.

Secondary Education
This endorsement can cover grades 5-12; student teaching at Whitworth will be done in a 6-12 grade-level classroom.

What exams do I need to take?

There are two types of exams required for all teachers in Washington state: a basic-skills test and an endorsement-area content exam.

Basic-Skills Test:
Normally, the WEST-B Exam is required for incoming teachers. It is possible, though, that if you have taken the SAT or ACT, you may not have to take a portion of the WEST-B exam; in some cases, you will not be required to take the test at all. The WEST-B has three sections – math, reading and writing. You need to take the test before the program begins.

Endorsement-Area Content Exam:
You will take the WEST-E or the NES exam in your area of endorsement (elementary, secondary, etc.). You need not pass this exam before beginning the program, but you must at least attempt it before the program begins. The test must be passed by the end of the fall term.

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What does it mean when you say the program is a "full-time day program"?

The full-time Master in Teaching Program lasts approximately 13 months. Because you earn a master's degree and a teaching certificate in a little more than one year, the coursework and time in the classroom require full-day attendance – basically, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. During fall and spring terms, MIT candidates will have one early evening course. You will, however, enjoy all public-school vacations and holidays.

What if I already have a teaching certificate?

The Master in Teaching Program is specifically designed for those who hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than education and who desire to teach, but do not yet have a teaching certificate. If you already hold a teaching certificate and if you're interested in attending Whitworth to earn a master's degree in education, school administration or counseling, please contact us at 509.777.3222, or visit

Can I take credits toward my endorsement while I'm in the program?

Before their first day of class in June, all MIT students must have fulfilled a bachelor's degree and completed the coursework requirements to teach in the subject area they desire. On a case-by-case basis, admitted students are permitted to continue to take courses toward their endorsement, though this is neither recommended nor the norm. Students who are working on two endorsements must have completed outside courses toward their primary endorsement before beginning the program and may continue to work toward the second endorsement only with advisor approval. A plan for completion of desired endorsements must be approved and finalized prior to the student’s first day in the MIT program.

What if my bachelor's degree is in a different subject than one in which I want to teach?

It is possible to earn an endorsement in a subject area that differs from your undergraduate academic major. Because Washington state endorsement requirements are based on content coursework and not on degrees earned, you may need to take extra classes in the area in which you want to teach. For more information about endorsements and courses required to earn a certificate in a specific content, please contact the MIT advisor at 509.777.3769.

Can I transfer coursework from a different program?

The MIT program at Whitworth is a cohort-based model. This means that all students take each core class as a group. Additionally, MIT courses are offered only at the graduate level and are highly specialized, so it is not likely that coursework from another institution or program will match up. In the rare instance that a previously completed course is the same in content and structure, students may petition the faculty to be excused from the course at Whitworth. Petitions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Can Whitworth's MIT program provide an endorsement in career and technical education (such as mechanics, wood shop, family & consumer sciences, or computer technology)?

Because the fields of career and technical education are highly specialized, teachers in these disciplines are certified directly through local districts. Individuals with experience and interest in these related fields who wish to teach in Eastern Washington should contact the following office:

ESD 101 (Educational Services District 101)
General Information, 509.789.3800

"Before I started the MIT program, I was a volunteer and then substitute teacher for Spokane Public Schools. Volunteering and substituting simply assured me that I belonged in the classroom. I loved that at Whitworth I could get my MIT in just 13 months; it allows you to take courses, student teach, and still be there for your family."

Maritza Cardona, ‘20, Kindergarten Teacher at Madison Elementary – Spokane Public Schools

"Student-teaching for a full year enabled me to see the entire process -- setting up the classroom, running the first day, parent-teacher conferences, field trips -- through the end of the year."

Megan Fraser Central Valley School District

"Many districts in our area hire Whitworth MIT grads because they see them as a second year teacher and are more prepared than other candidates. Compared to other programs, Whitworth’s MIT program keeps cohorts smaller, giving every candidate more support to be successful."

Nathan Clayton, ’21