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. 

  • Center social justice and a joy for learning in your instruction
  • A robust network of faculty and mentor teacher support 
  • Engage and empower school and community voices to address inequity and advocate for change

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Learn about application requirements and timelines for the Spring 2024 cohort.

Program Overview

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

As a cohort-based model, every new group of teacher candidates starts in Spring Quarter and graduates at the end of the following spring.

Through two unique learning pathways and 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 our dual-degree option, current Evergreen undergraduates and transfer students have the option to start the MiT program during their last quarter of their Bachelors degree. Learn more about Dual-degree Eligibility 

To complete the program, teacher candidates must earn all 60 credits of the MiT Program, which includes 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.

Learning Pathways

Integrated Multilingual Learner Pathway

This pathway integrates coursework and field experiences to prepare teachers to serve Multilingual Learners. Teachers do this by earning endorsements in their content area in addition to an Multilingual Learner Endorsement.

Community Teaching Pathway

This pathways works to develop culturally responsive teachers who are also community minded and responsive individuals. 

Program 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

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!

Want to learn more about the Master in Teaching program? Applications for the 2025-26 Cohort open Spring 2024. 

Information Sessions

Online & In-person

Online Sessions

All sessions are Pacific Standard Time (PST).

In-person Sessions

Use the Request Information button to get more information or contact mit@evergreen.edu

 

"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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John Joyce
2016

Learning Pathways

Integrated Multilingual Learner Pathway 

2023-2024 Teaching With Urgency: Language, Equity and Inclusion

The Master in Teaching degree program has been updated in response to state and local needs for certificated teachers of English Language Learners. With this new program model, teacher candidates will be prepared to pursue careers in their chosen endorsement area (Elementary Education, Science, Social Studies, etc.) and earn an English Language Leaner endorsement.

The EL endorsement is optional. However, the coursework is not as it will be integrated throughout the program. An EL endorsement will prepare 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.

The Integrated Multilingual Learner Pathway is a four quarter program where theory and practice are integrated. Students receive focused and supportive mentorship from faculty, not only in the classroom but also in the field. Students will be placed in the field for the entirety of the program so that they can gain 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 their chosen endorsement area.

The field experience will include the equivalent of one quarter of Multilingual Learner student teaching and two quarters of another content area student teaching.

Schedule Overview

Spring Quarter Class 2-3 days per week, including 2-3 hours field experience per week
Fall Quarter Class 2-3 days per week, field experience during the day most days
Winter Quarter Class 2-3 days per week, field experience during the day most days
Spring Quarter Class 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.

Multilingual Learners Pathway Credit Overview

Strand courses  35 credits
Field experience 25 credits
Total credits 60 credits

Community Teaching Pathway

2024-2025

Summary

Five curricular strands are focused on in the Community Teaching learning pathway. Student teaching, with program work linked to teaching literacy, mathematics and so on are most deeply connected to the Praxis strand, but also have connective threads to 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.

With mentorship and support from faculty, cohort and endorsement groups, mentor teachers and community mentors, you’ll have many champions as you go forward to build a classroom of joy and justice. Something that sets this degree apart is the focus on mentorship. You’ll have close proximity with faculty unlike any other program. And historical community and teacher mentors are a valued and integral part of the program.

In this full time, four-quarter program, you’ll prepare for teacher certification and your Master in Teaching degree through your coursework and at your internship placement. You will graduate with the successful completion of all coursework and your final project - the Inquiry, Action and Equity Project.

Schedule Overview

Spring Quarter Full-time coursework (dual-degree quarter for UG students)
Fall Quarter Coursework and internship site experience
Winter Quarter Coursework and internship site experience
Spring Quarter Coursework 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.

Community Teaching Pathway Credit Overview

Core courses 11 credits
Endorsement courses 23-29 credits
Field experience 20-26 credits
Total credits 60 credits
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Our Graduates

Program 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. Graduates have a high placement rate and are respected across the region and beyond.

Many graduates have received local, regional and national awards. Not just “Teacher of the Year” in their individual schools, but in their school districts and regionally.

Others have been recognized by local and professional organizations such as Rotary clubs, the Washington Art Education Association and the Washington State Indian Education Association. Evergreen’s Professional Education Advisory Board also annually selects a Distinguished Educator of the Year recipient.

Learn more about our distinguished alumni 

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

2022

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

2021

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

2019

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

2018

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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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 mit@evergreen.edu.

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