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Admission to Whitworth's MIT program is competitive, and the Graduate Admissions Committee is dedicated to a thorough, holistic review of each application.

Prior to applying to the MIT program, we encourage prospective students to schedule a meeting with the MIT assistant director. This will allow you to learn more about the program and get answers to all of your questions. To schedule a visit, please call 509.777.3769.

Priority Application Deadline: Feb. 15
Regular Application Deadline: June 1


"I applied to two other programs in the Spokane area and can truly say that Whitworth felt like family. I felt supported, encouraged and heard."

Suzet Teodoro, '18, 4th grade teacher at Spokane International Academy

Application Materials

Submit your free online application, which includes the following materials as well as the character-and-fitness supplement.

Personal Essay

Attach a 600- to 900-word typed essay to your online application explaining why you have chosen teaching as a profession and why you selected the MIT program at Whitworth University for your professional preparation. A strong essay will convey careful research on Whitworth and enthusiasm for the program and for teaching.

You have the option of emailing your essay to us at a later time ( Simply place a note in the essay box indicating this plan.


Three recommendations are needed to complete your application:

  • One must demonstrate successful work with children or youth.
  • One must come from a university professor in your major, if you graduated from college in the past three years. Otherwise, you may substitute a professional recommendation.
  • One must speak to your character and your probability of success as a teacher/graduate student. (This letter may not be submitted by a family member.)

Recommendations are completed via an online recommendation request sent directly to each reference once you begin the application process.


Order official transcripts from ALL colleges or universities previously attended, and have them sent directly to or to the following mailing address:

Whitworth University, Graduate Admissions
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251

Test Scores

Provide evidence that you have scheduled the Washington Educator Skills Test – Basic Knowledge Test (West B) or provide your SAT/ACT (reading, writing and math) test scores, and provide evidence of scheduling the Washington Educator Skills Test – Endorsement Specific (WEST-E) or National Evaluation Series (NES) exam so that Whitworth will receive your scores before the start of the program (
Note: Passing scores are required for program completion, but not for admission.


You may submit your résumé by attaching it to the online application or by sending it via email to

On your résumé, please include work experience and, if applicable, service activities and recognitions.

We require that MIT applicants have experience working directly with youth. The Admissions Committee is especially interested in your work, educational and volunteer experiences.

Service, activities and recognitions such as public, community or military service, travel experiences, extracurricular activities, and any honors or recognitions received are all important indicators of an applicant's motivation and character. The most appropriate place to include this information is on your résumé. The essay that accompanies your application may also be an appropriate place to discuss your personal background.

Personal Interview

Those who qualify will be contacted for an interview once a complete application is received. Applications will be accepted until April 1 or until program capacity is reached. It is advisable to apply as early as possible.


Content Coursework
Teaching certification requires specific content coursework to meet state endorsement requirements. Content coursework should be completed prior to the start of the MIT program. Please arrange a meeting with the MIT advisor to review your transcripts and determine which courses may be needed to fulfill requirements. Call 509.777.3222.