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Master in Teaching

Saint Martin's University's Master in Teaching (MIT) program provides the opportunity to simultaneously earn your teacher certification and a master's degree. Certifications may be obtained in the areas of elementary education and secondary-level content areas, such as biology, chemistry, and special education.

Why Saint Martin's University?

As a graduate, you will be well prepared by a rigorous program and excellent faculty. An education degree from Saint Martin's University opens doors because of the stellar reputation of our program and our graduates. Our program is the only non-cohort based program in the area which means that you aren't locked into a fixed schedule and have the flexibility to adapt the program to your needs. The MIT program is also offered at our location at Joint Base Lewis McChord, making it convenient for those in the military, their spouses, and those in the community near the base.

Federal aid

Federal financial aid is available for graduate students who will be enrolled at least half time and are citizens, or eligible non-citizens, of the USA. Most federal aid for graduate students is in the form of direct loans. 

For more details about federal aid eligibility and the different types of aid available for graduate and professional studies visit studentaid.gov.

Graduate Assistantships

Saint Martin’s University offers a limited number of Graduate Assistantships to graduate students. Contact the Office of the Provost for more information.

Master in Teaching Requirements

The number of credit hours required for the Master in Teaching degree varies with each emphasis and the exit option chosen:

Elementary education:  55-61 credits
Secondary education:  43-51 credits
Special education:  67-73 credits

In addition to these total required hours, the student may need to complete additional pre-professional requirements and/or endorsement courses. For more information, please see the academic catalog.

These courses are required for both elementary and secondary pathways.

  • ENG 101:  College writing I
  • ENG 102:  College writing II
  • COM 106  -OR-  THR 211:  Public speaking, acting or any communications
  • PSY 101:  Introduction to psychology
  • ED/PSY 205:  Child and adolescent development  
    This course may be waived by the graduate core requirements for this degree; please speak with an advisor for more information.
  • ED 204:  Introduction to education
  • MTH 101:  College level math or above
  • ED 202  -OR-  SOC 396:  Diversity in education systems or intercultural communications
    This course may be waived by the graduate core requirements for this degree; please speak with an advisor for more information.
  • HIS XXX:  United States history
  • HIS XXX:  World history
  • HIS 326:  Pacific Northwest history
  • Natural science course:  Natural science with lab

Master's Core courses

Must be taken at the graduate level. For elementary, secondary, and special education programs (11 credit hours):

  • MED 559:  Introduction to exceptionality (2)
  • MED 601:  Educational Research Methods 1 (3)
  • MED 605:  Diversity and Social Context (3)
  • MED 607:  Foundations for Educational Practice (3)

Basic certification core courses

Must be taken at the graduate level. For elementary, secondary, and special education programs (23 credit hours):

  • MED 504:  Practicum Level I (1)
  • MED 506:  Curriculum and Instruction (2)
  • MED 512:  Technology for the Classroom (2)
  • MED 526:  Methods of Teaching Language Acquisition (3)
  • MED 559:  Introduction to Exceptionality (2)
  • MED 560:  Classroom Management (2)
  • MED 570:  Classroom Assessment (2)
  • MED 571:  Educational Law (1)
  • MED 583:  Issues of Abuse / Teacher as Counselor (1)
  • MED 594:  Internship (5)
  • MED 598:  Internship seminar (2)

Elementary Methods Courses - for students pursuing an Elementary Education endorsement

  • MED 508:  Practicum Level II (1)
  • MED 511:  Methods of Teaching Math (2) 
  • MED 515:  Methods of Teaching Science (2)
  • MED 518:  Methods of Teaching Social Studies (2)
  • MED 519:  Method of Teaching Language Arts (2)
  • MED 529:  Arts and Movement (2)
  • MED 538:  Literature for Children and Young Adults (2)
  • MED 574:  Primary Reading/Writing (1)
  • MED 576:  Content Area Reading for Elementary Teachers (1)
  • MED 592/579:  Elementary Education or Reading Practicum (2)

Secondary Methods Courses - for students pursuing a secondary-level or middle-level endorsement

  • MED 508:  Practicum Level II (1)
  • MED 568:  Secondary Literacy (2)
  • MED 584:  Secondary Methods (2)
  • MED 587:  Secondary Methods Practicum/Seminar (2)

Special Education Methods Courses - for students pursuing a Special Education endorsement

  • MED 524:  Issues and Trends in ECE (3)  -OR-  MED 526: Methods of Teaching Language Acquisition (3) (for pre-K - 3rd grade) 
  • MED 545:  School Drug Prevention and Counseling (for 4th Grade+) (3)
  • MED 561:  Instructional Methods of Exceptional Learners (2)
  • MED 563:  Management Strategies for Exceptional Learners (3)
  • MED 565:  Transitions to Adulthood for Special Populations (3)
  • MED 566:  Assessment in Special Education (3)
  • MED 567:  Legal Issues and the IEP (3)
  • MED 577:  Reading Diagnosis (4)
  • MED 569:  Practicum in Special Education (3)

Coursework for additional endorsements required for the program are not included on this list. Please email education@stmartin.edu for more information or to speak with an advisor about your interest in an education program. 

The MIT program offers a thesis or non-thesis option for the completion of the degree.

Thesis or Project

3 credit hours
Written thesis or project with oral defense.


3 to 6 credit hours

  • Capstone Course - MED 698:  Integrating Theory and Practice in Education (3 credit hours)
  • One additional graduate-level elective course in education for a minimum of 36 allowable credits

What are the differences between the MED and the MIT program?
The MED program is designed for educators who already have a teaching credential and are looking for a master's degree to further develop their skills and knowledge. The MIT is designed for those looking to become certified as teachers who would also like to earn a master's degree.

Can credits from another university be transferred to the MIT program?
Nine semester hours of graduate work may be taken at another institution and transferred, provided the work fits the program plan, is recommended by the program advisor and is approved by the director of master's programs in education. Students applying for admission to the program may request to have prior graduate study considered for transfer into the program.

I have a job that required me to have a fingerprint clearance, do I still need to obtain my fingerprints?
If you work in a school district and you think the OSPI already has a fingerprint clearance in their database for you (they must not be older than 2 years) we would be happy to check. Just let us know.

Once my application is complete, about how long does it take for an admission decision?
For the MIT program, once your application is complete, it goes to a faculty committee for review. We advise applicants that admission decisions can take up to one month.

When are classes offered?
Classes for the MIT program are typically offered in the late afternoon or evenings.

Master in Teaching at a Glance

Program Type
Master’s Degree
Main (Lacey)
Type of Instruction
In Person
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Interested in an accelerated credential option?

Consider our STAR program, which can also lead into a master's degree as well.

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Catholic school special tuition program

The Saint Martin's University Catholic school special tuition program will provide a 50 percent occupational special tuition to full-time religious and lay teachers, and principals and paraprofessionals of Catholic schools which are under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Seattle. This special tuition will apply to students accepted to any College of Education and Counseling educator preparation program. Individuals who are employed on a part-time basis may be eligible for partial funding.

To be eligible for the above special tuition, individuals must be fully accepted into the undergraduate teacher education program, the certification-only program, the Master in Teaching Program or the Master of Education Program. Please note that the special tuition for each semester (including summer) is based on the University academic year tuition rate.

Saint Martin's University reserves the right to limit the number of Catholic school special tuition program participants in any particular course or program. It is understood that students will be admitted on a "space available" basis. It is likewise understood that this tuition grant program is not retroactive.

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Steps for applying for the Catholic school special tuition program

Complete an application for admission to Saint Martin's University College of Education at least six weeks before classes begin.

After acceptance into the College of Education, complete the application for the special tuition and mail to: the College of Education, Saint Martin's University, 5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey, WA 98503

Application for this special tuition must be submitted at least two weeks before the academic session in which a course is being offered.

Application for Catholic School special tuition

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