Master in Teaching with Elementary Certification

Department of Teaching and Learning

Completing the Master in Teaching (M.I.T.) program along with meeting state requirements leads to a Washington State Residency Teacher Certificate with an Elementary (K-8) Endorsement as well as the master’s degree. The program can be completed in 15 months full-time and 27 months part-time.

The WSU Vancouver M.I.T. program emphasizes the connection between teaching experiences and the practical realities of K-8 classrooms, as well as the importance of collaboration with colleagues and students on teaching strategies and a professional network.

Application process

The application submission window for the 2022 cohort is from December 1, 2021 to January 15, 2022 The M.I.T. Elementary program begins once each year in May.

For more information, contact the academic coordinator, Jennifer Gallagher, at or 360-546-9075.

Admission requirements

Admission is selective and requires a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA (per Graduate School policy).

All applicants must have prior experience working with (either paid or volunteer) school age children in a formal educational environment to be eligible to apply.  This experience must be completed by January 15 of the year of application.

Applicants must take one of the three acceptable basic skills tests (ACT/SAT/WEST-B) in mathematics, reading and writing by March 1 of the year of application. Applicants must pass both subtests of the NES test for Elementary Education by March 1. All test scores must be sent to WSU Pullman. Contact academic coordinator for more information.

For more information, see the M.I.T. Elementary Program Guide (PDF).

Program requirements

A minimum of 51 semester credits is required to complete the certification portion, with two additional courses (totaling 4 credits) to complete the master’s degree. The full program is completed in four consecutive semesters. Students may request consideration for a 27-month part-time program. Courses are taught by nationally recognized scholars and local school educators and are offered during the daytime utilizing a personal face-to-face mode of delivery. For more information, see the handbooks.