MiT Program Overview

Vibrant public education is the foundation for a just society. Get your teacher certification and master’s degree with a focus on education as community empowerment. Become a teacher who works toward a sustainable and equitable future.

You can join us to imagine and create better possibilities in public education. With a cohort of dedicated teacher candidates and supportive faculty and staff, your learning will happen in school contexts and through a range of learning experiences.

Community teaching

Teachers can play a vital role in their communities. Whether you want to focus on elementary education or secondary education in Washington state, you’ll gain powerful knowledge of community teaching in the MiT program by learning to connect your classroom to community resources and local organizations.

Know your subjects before you begin

Successful applicants know their subjects before they start the Master in Teaching program.

Learn more about what subjects you can teach and what courses and tests you need to take before applying.

School placement

During your first quarter, you’ll learn foundational teaching skills and get to know your fellow teacher candidates in the Evergreen classroom. In fall, you’ll begin your immersive experience at one of our partner schools. But you won’t go it alone. Members of your cohort will work in the same school with you, so you can learn from your shared experiences throughout the school year.

a standing student teacher helps her middle school students
Christina Vernon, MiT 2014, works with students in a regional middle school.

Your cohort

Just like your students, your MiT cohort will consist of people from many backgrounds and experiences. From start to finish, you will all bring your experiences to gain insight on the craft of teaching, how to overcome the challenges you’ll face as educators, and how to create a rigorous and supportive learning environment for all your students.​

a teacher sits in a school desk while working with three seated high school students in a classroom
Hayden Zabel, MiT 2018, works with high school students during his practicum placement.

Program curriculum

Social justice in schools has long been a focus of our program. For K–12 students facing systemic challenges, having a teacher who understands and works with them can make a difference for their future. You’ll develop skills to help you do just that.

You’ll also learn how to produce community-responsive curriculum yourself, broadening your understanding of the power teachers have to empower students and support a participatory democracy through work both in and out of the classroom.


What does the MiT program look like this year?

Learn more about the current catalog offerings for MiT as we all navigate pandemic-related changes in K-12 and higher education.


Program schedule

This is a full-time, four-quarter program. You will begin the program in spring or summer (your choice). In fall, you will be placed in your classroom for the school year. During the year, you’ll prepare for teacher certification and you’ll graduate in the spring.


Yearlong internship in one school + course work overview

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MiT forced me to lay the foundation around my own values when it comes to how I approach kids and my job every day.

Karly Nelson, MiT ’03


Conceptual Framework

Read our conceptual framework to learn more about how the Master in Teaching program creates an integrated, inquiry-based approach to teacher development. At the heart of our conceptual framework are three major concepts:

  • Social Justice and Multicultural Theory and Practice
  • Democracy and Schooling
  • Developmentally and Socioculturally Appropriate Teaching and Learning

Policies, Procedures, and Resources Guidebook

The Master in Teaching (MiT) Program's Policies, Procedures, and Resources Guidebook serves as an introduction and reference guide for MiT candidates, as well as others interested in the MiT program and The Evergreen State College. 

Program Outcomes

When you graduate, you should be able to function as a beginning teacher in the following ways:

  • Create a classroom environment of respect and rapport.
  • Reflect on planning and teaching—through insights gained from analyzing one’s own cultural encapsulation—to improve student learning.
  • Understand the importance of multicultural and anti-bias advocacy for all students.
  • Realize the value of democratic actions and decision-making with students and professional colleagues.
  • Organize, teach, and evaluate lessons that reflect state and national educational reform expectations, including the integration of math, sustainability, and the arts across the curriculum.
  • Design and implement engaging, student-centered, thematically-based instructional experiences.
  • Work with different-sized groups of students.
  • Demonstrate a positive impact on students’ learning.