MiT Program Concept
Evergreen’s Master in Teaching (MiT) program is a nationally recognized, academically rigorous, state-accredited teacher preparation program. Its success lies as much in the collaborative learning process as it does in its curricular content. Through academic subjects, students are exposed to a wide range of community- building activities, small-group seminars, hands-on field experiences and group problem-solving activities. These skills reinforce critical and reflective thinking and demonstrate important principles of effective and meaningful classroom teaching. Our graduates become knowledgeable, competent professionals who can assume leadership roles in curriculum development, child advocacy, assessment and anti-bias work.
Coordinated Studies Curriculum Model - An Interdisciplinary Approach
By organizing the curriculum around themes and questions, coordinated studies is an intentional departure from the fragmentation of separate, unconnected courses and provides a teacher preparation program without course boundaries. The full-time, two-year program integrates Washington state requirements, essential teaching skills and rich intellectual explorations to help candidates answer important questions about the nature of teaching, learning and schooling. Competition is de-emphasized while collaborations among candidates, faculty, and K-12 teachers are encouraged.
How does this happen?
- A climate is created in which interactive learning can occur and candidate input is valued.
- An interdisciplinary team of 40 - 45 candidates and three faculty members forms a community of learners to explore curricular themes.
- Essential topics are examined including assessment, multicultural education, integration of literacy, sustainability, math, arts across the curriculum, and child and adolescent development.
- Candidates spend time each week working and observing in a K-12 classroom.
- Weekly seminars in which one faculty member and 15 candidates analyze readings and review experiences in K-12 classrooms.
- Candidate self-assessment and reflection are an integral part of the program.
- Candidates will regularly use web-based and other computer technologies to support their learning and develop their skills in meeting the needs of K-12 students.