Master in Teaching

Learn to teach with joy and justice.

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Master in Teaching

Evergreen's Master in Teaching is for aspiring teachers who wish to uplift the next generation. 

  • Discover how to center social justice and a joy for learning in your instruction
  • Connect with a robust network of faculty and mentor teachers
  • Engage and empower school and community voices in addressing inequity and advocating for change

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Program Overview

How you'll learn

Program Overview

This degree takes you from theoretical approach to teaching with students in the classroom. 

This full-time, four-quarter program certifies prospective teachers in areas ranging from elementary education to secondary sciences, humanities and arts. Learn more about Endorsements

Every new cohort starts in Summer Quarter and graduates at the end of the following Spring.

With a cohort of dedicated teacher candidates, supportive faculty, staff, mentor teachers and community mentors, your learning about teaching will happen through a range of experiences

With options like dual-degree and alternate routes, our program meets you where you are so you can get education that meets your needs. Learn more about eligibility 

To complete the program, teacher candidates must earn 60 credits, including successful completion of student teaching and an end-of-program culminating project. Graduates from the MiT program receive a master's degree and a recommendation for initial teacher certification in Washington state.

Credit Overview

Core courses34-40 credits
Field credits 20-26 credits
Total credits60 credits

See specific courses in the Academic Catalog

What You Can Do With Your Degree

Become a Washington state teacher

Graduates go on to teach all levels of K-12, as well as join other education related fields. Many become award winning educators and leaders in their fields. Evergreen graduates have a high placement rate and are respected across the region and beyond.

Become a Teacher in Washington State!

When you graduate, you will be a teacher who:

  • Develops knowledge of and value for their students’ multiple and interlocking identities as they plan, teach, assess and communicate with students, families and caregivers.
  • Engages positive communication with families and caregivers grounded in cultural humility and in service of supporting student well-being.
  • Engages in conversations, planning and actions that address and seek to change racist, ableist, settler colonial, classist, sexist, xenophobic and transphobic policies, practices and curriculum.
  • Helps create and support a caring, respectful, culturally sustaining learning environment characterized by a sense of community where all participants feel safe, valued and connected.
  • Implements culturally responsive classroom routines that provide student agency and voice in designing and adjusting routines to support community learning and student well-being.
  • Plans vibrant lessons, units and other learning opportunities integrating school curriculum, community cultural wealth and the big ideas in state/national standards.
  • Engages students in inquiry, questioning and discussion within and across disciplines.
  • Engages students socially and intellectually, supporting their relationships, collaborations, curiosities, literacies, critical thinking and well-being. This includes multiple ways for students to engage and represent their ideas and questions.
  • Engages multiple strategies for collecting and using formative assessments that elicit understanding, analyze progress and provide constructive feedback.
  • Builds collaborative relationships with school colleagues, community educators, families and caregivers.
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Attend an Information Session!

Applications for the 2025-26 Cohort open Summer 2024. Join us to learn about application requirements and timelines for the upcoming cohort. 

Information Sessions

Register for an online session

To register for a session, select the date that works best for you and complete the registration form. All sessions are Pacific Standard Time (PST). Use the "Request Information" button or contact for more information. We look forward to seeing you! 

May 1, 5 - 6 pm
May 22, Noon - 1 pm

June 5, 5 - 6 pm
June 19, Noon - 1 pm

July 10, 5 - 6 pm
July 24, Noon - 1 pm

August 7, 5 - 6 pm
August 21, Noon - 1 pm

September 11, 5 - 6 pm
September 25, Noon - 1 pm

"I joined the Master in Teaching program because I compared it to countless other teacher preparation programs, and it simply provided the most clear, socially conscious focus of any of them."

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Our program integrates coursework and field experiences to prepare teachers to serve multilingual learners. Your learning about teaching will happen through a range of experiences alongside a cohort of dedicated teacher candidates, supportive faculty, staff, mentor teachers and community mentors. 

2025 - 2026

Teacher candidates will be prepared to pursue careers in their chosen endorsement area and earn an English Language Leaner endorsement. An EL endorsement prepares you for multiple models of teaching such as stand-alone EL K-12 classrooms, K-12 integrated EL elementary and secondary content-area classes, dual language programs and push-in/pull-out EL instructional approaches.

Students receive focused and supportive mentorship from faculty, while learning in their own classrooms and during student teaching. Students will be placed in the field for the entirety of the program, gaining a full year of classroom experience. 

The year-long field experience will include the equivalent of one quarter of ELL field experience and two quarters of a field experience in your chosen endorsement area.

Schedule Overview

Summer QuarterClass 2-3 days per week, including 2-3 hours field experience per week
Fall QuarterClass 2-3 days per week, field experience during the day most days
Winter QuarterClass 2-3 days per week, field experience during the day most days
Spring QuarterClass 1 day per week, field experience full-time during the day

You may have 2 field placements: one in an EL classroom and one in your content area classroom.

Credit Overview

Strand courses 35 credits
Field experience25 credits
Total credits60 credits

2026 - 2027

This cohort students will focus on five curricular strands: Praxis, Inquiry, Community Teaching, Learning in Context, and Responding to a World on Fire. Each strand has learning opportunities that connect to land, taking a stand and asking where knowledge lives. Like braids of rope, the strands work together to create a strong teacher preparation experience.

This cohort has a strong focus on mentorship, historical community and teacher mentors are a valued and integral part of the program. You will have many champions as you learn and grow on your teaching journey. 

Students will prepare a culminating final project: Inquiry, Action, and Equity. 

Schedule Overview

Summer QuarterFull-time coursework (dual-degree quarter for UG students)
Fall QuarterCoursework and internship site experience
Winter QuarterCoursework and internship site experience
Spring QuarterCoursework and internship site experience

School Placement

In the fall, you will begin your immersive experience at a K-12 school. Some will be placed at a school with other teacher candidates so you can learn from your shared experiences throughout the school year.

Credit Overview

Core courses11 credits
Endorsement courses23-29 credits
Field experience20-26 credits
Total credits60 credits

Student Teaching 

Our students receive field placements continually for one academic year. Field experience allows our teacher candidates time to build and practice skills throughout the school year. 


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Our Graduates

Evergreen graduates have high placement rates and are respected across the region and beyond as teachers and educators. Many MiT grads have gone on to become award winning educators and leaders in their fields - winning local, regional, and national awards. 

Connect with our alumni network 

A New Generation of Innovators and Advocates

Notable Alumni

Alumni have crafted creative, interdisciplinary lessons.

Matiah Shaman, MiT '13, teaches physical science to high school students. Last year Matiah's class ended a unit about engineering design and electrical circuits by building remote-control sumo-wrestling robots from scratch.

Katie Baydo Reed, MiT '06, teaches fourth graders about the use of the Washington State Fairgrounds as a Japanese internment camp during World War II.

They have spoken out about the value of teaching and the need to advocate for all students.

Jerad Koepp, MiT '08,  Wukchumni, Native Student Program Specialist for North Thurston Public Schools. He was the 2022 Washington State teacher of the year, and the first Native American educator to earn the distinction in the state. He is a leader in Native education, policy, and government to government relationships.

Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, MiT '06, Lincoln High School teacher, was a panelist for The Seattle Times LiveWire Event (March 2017). Nathan explained why schools serving low-income students need more funding than other schools and how the current system provides the opposite.

Ted Cohn, MiT '03, spoke about the privilege of teaching at The Seattle Times Annual Ignite Education Lab storytelling event (February 2017). 

Awards and Recognition


Jerad Koepp, MiT '08, North Thurston Public Schools, Washington State Teacher of the Year


David Buitenveld, MiT '15, Nisqually Middle School, ESD 113 Regional Teacher of the Year


Devin Alexander, MiT '04, Olympia School District Elementary Teacher of the Year

Wayne Au, MiT '96, The Evergreen State College Distinguished Educational Leader of the Year

Lauren Roberts, MiT '07, The Evergreen State College Distinguished PK-12 Educator of the Year


Chimere Hackney, MiT '10, The Evergreen State College Distinguished PK-12 Educator of the Year


Katie Agren, MiT '07, NTEA Teacher of the Year for Chinook Middle School

Wayne Au, MiT '96, Society of Professors of Education William H. Watkins Award winner

Fred Ericson, MiT '01, NTEA Teacher of the Year for River Ridge High School

Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, MiT '06, Evergreen's Joseph Albert Dear Distinguished Alumni Award winner

Rand Hodgson, MiT '10, The Evergreen State College Distinguished PK-12 Educator of the Year

Tim Holman, MiT '99, WHAS11 & LG&E Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership Award winner

Alex McCarty, MiT '02, featured in the Evergreen Magazine - 2017 Winter Issue

Ingrid Morais, MiT '12, Washington State PTA Outstanding Educator

Amy Solomon-Minarchi, MiT '11, Olympia's first Poet Laureate

Chelsea Thomas Altrum, MiT '11, NTEA Teacher of the Year for Timberline High School

Pamelia Valentine, MiT '99, NAEA School of Art Leaders participant


Jim Anderson, MiT '02, Washington State Forensics Association Coach of the Year

Justin Brooks, MiT '06, Lochburn Middle School Teacher of the Year

Kelly Cowgill, MiT '15, featured in the Oregon Education Association's quarterly publication

Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, MiT '06, Washington State Teacher of the Year

Betty Hicks, MiT '02, Washington State PTA Outstanding Educator

Theresa Holland-Schmid, MiT '93, ESD 114 Regional Teacher of the Year

Nicole Laib Rutledge, MiT '07, Yelm Community Schools Secondary Teacher of the Year


Elisabeth Rene Avnet, MiT '05, Herbst Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence recipient

Nikki Dunbar, MiT '12, Highline School District Ducky Award Recipient

Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, MiT '06, Pierce College distinguished alumni

David Hunter, MiT '11, NCGE Outstanding Support for Geographic Education Award recipient

Erin Landvatter, MiT '00, North Kitsap School District Rangveld Kvelstad Teacher of the Year

Kasinda Starmer, MiT '12, NTEA Teacher of the Year for Chinook Middle School

Cindel Tobias, MiT '10, The Evergreen State College Distinguished PK-12 Educator of the Year

Joanna Tovar Barnes, MiT '10, National Endowment for the Humanities Grant recipient


Victoria Benson, MiT '05, North Thurston School District Cause for Applause Award recipient

Liz Fegley, MiT '10, Woodbridge Senior High New Educator of the Year

Mike Fekete, MiT '11, St. Mary of the Assumption School Ann Anderson Teacher of the Year

Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, MiT '06, Milken Education Award recipient

Nora Hallet, MiT '01, Washington Association for Language Teaching Teacher of the Year

Susi O'Bryan, MiT '02, Nisqually Middle School Teacher of the Year

Sean Riley, MiT '05, The Evergreen State College Distinguished PK-12 Educator of the Year

Jeremiah Tuckett, MiT '06, South Sound High School Teacher of the Year


Rob Cahill, MiT '08, The Evergreen State College Distinguished PK-12 Educator of the Year

Angela Farley, MiT '99, NTEA Teacher of the Year for River Ridge High School

Pamela Valentine, MiT '96, ESD 113 Regional Teacher of the Year

Mentor a Student Teacher

Bring your teaching expertise and professional curiosity to the experience of mentoring a teacher candidate for an entire school year. 

Using a number of co-teaching strategies allows the mentor teacher, the teacher candidate and the faculty mentor to play active and collaborative roles throughout the entire field experience.

Contact the program for more information at

Master in Teaching


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