The MiT program is a full-time, two-year, professional teacher preparation program. There are six 10-week quarters, including two quarters of student teaching. Each new cohort begins Fall quarter.
During the first year, approximately one-fourth of program time is spent in the field observing and working with K–12 students. The remaining time is devoted to on-campus seminars, workshops and lectures. Although specific class schedules vary from cohort to cohort, all classes take place within a day-time school week schedule.
During the second year, candidates spend nearly 70 percent of their time directly involved in K–12 schools. Candidates are expected to carry no other academic credit during the six program quarters and to avoid outside employment during the two quarters of full-time, daily student teaching.
Candidates will also complete a Master’s Project which provides the opportunity to intensively explore current research on a teaching related topic of keen interest to the student.
At Evergreen, a student’s transcript for each quarter of work is comprised of a narrative evaluation written by the faculty member, a self-evaluation written by the student and a course description. The faculty’s narrative evaluation always concludes with a list of “credit equivalencies” — a list of subjects covered during the quarter and the number of credit hours assigned to each subject. These are intended to translate interdisciplinary studies into credits and course titles earned at other institutions.
In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the Master in Teaching program, topics are interwoven throughout the curriculum, and include:
- Social, Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education
- Learning Theories and Child/Adolescent Development
- Educational Research
- Design and Issues of Assessment
- Curriculum Development and Thematic Lesson Planning
- Washington Essential Academic Learning Requirements and Grade Level Expectations
- Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners
- Integrating Special Needs Students into the Regular Classroom
- Approaches to Classroom Management
- Educational Technology
- School Law, Educational Policy and Professional Ethics
- Content Area Pedagogies
For candidates entering MiT in fall 2013 or later, in year one, they will meet three days a week for daytime coursework on the Olympia campus during the regular academic calendar year and spend an average of one day a week observing and participating in curriculum development and guided teaching in K-12 schools and community organizations.
The first half of fall quarter of year one, each candidate completes structured observations in elementary, middle and secondary school classrooms and community organizations in urban, rural and suburban settings.
By the second half of fall quarter and during winter and spring quarters, each candidate does observation and guided teaching in one classroom in their endorsement area. MiT’s field placement officer arranges these placements with cooperating districts.Two Year Program Outline:
Summer Between Years One & Two
* complete any needed subject-matter coursework prior to the beginning of year two student teaching
The timing and format of Master’s Projects are dependent on the decisions of the faculty in each cohort. Some years, work on projects may continue during the summer.
*Master in Teaching candidates are responsible for finding transportation to and from field sites and other program-related activities.
**As of January 2014, State regulations will require that all Washington State teacher candidates take and pass the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) in addition to meeting specific program requirements to be recommended for certification. The fee for the test will be approximately $300. Candidates at Evergreen will prepare and submit their portfolios for the edTPA in their first student teaching placement. Those who do not pass will have a second opportunity to pass the edTPA in their spring student teaching placement. Candidates will incur additional retesting fees if a second attempt is necessary. We anticipate that more information about cost and processes will be available in August 2013 from Pearson, the testing company.
Teacher candidates in the Master in Teaching program benefit from two full-time, 10-week, student teaching experiences. Consistent with our goals for graduate-level teacher preparation, the winter quarter is provided between the two student teaching assignments for personal reflection, continued growth in classroom teaching knowledge and skills, attention to professional activities and development of a professional growth plan.
The two student teaching internship placements are at different grade levels and in different schools, providing a well-rounded exposure to teaching in subject endorsement area/s with a variety of public school students. Candidates will be placed in classrooms where cooperating teachers have been identified by school districts as appropriate mentors for our teacher candidates. One student teaching placement is generally in a diverse, urban setting.
The first student-teaching experience begins in late August or early September in accordance with the public school calendar. This model is based on research indicating that having a student teaching experience in the opening weeks of the school year contributes positively to the success of a first-year teacher. Candidates will complete the state-required edTPA during this placement.
The second student-teaching assignment generally begins in early spring and continues toward the end of the academic year. With this second student-teaching opportunity, candidates will be able to (a) build upon previous teaching experiences, (b) gain an understanding of how teachers organize the curriculum in the closing months of the school year, and (c) make comparisons between different school settings and grade levels.
The narrative evaluation of student-teaching performance is based on the Evergreen faculty supervisor’s observations in combination with the assessment of the cooperating classroom teacher. We use a nationally recognized assessment methodology that we have adapted for pre-service teacher education. As required by the state of Washington, candidates must demonstrate a positive impact on their students’ learning.