Master in Teaching (English Language Arts 5-12): 33 credits
The Master in Teaching (M.I.T.) English/Language Arts 5-12 degree is designed to provide a master’s degree and a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate to individuals who already possess a bachelor’s degree. The degree consists of 33 semester credit hours of course work to be completed in five semesters. The M.I.T. degree at Heritage University is a performance-based program that prepares students at the graduate level for teaching positions.
Students entering this program must be admitted by both the English Graduate Program and the Teacher Preparation Program.
Teacher Preparation Program Requirements
- Attempt the three sub-tests of the WEST-B (math, reading and writing).
- Bachelor’s degree.
- 2.6 GPA for last 30 semester (45 quarter) credits for admission and maintain a minimum of 3.0 throughout program.
- Clear Moral Character and Personal Fitness –WAC 181-86 and 181-87 and RCW 28-A.410.
- Pass the appropriate NES test.
Additional English Graduate Program Requirements
- Personal statement of goals in entering this program.
- Writing sample(s) totaling at least five (5) pages.
Teacher Preparation Programs Admission Guidelines
Before starting classes:
- Admitted to Heritage University, including transcript evaluation.
- Meet 2.6 GPA for last 30 semester (45 quarter) credits for admission.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Letter of application.
- Submit WATCH form.
- Submit Declaration of Major form.
- WEST-B –All three sub tests must be attempted by the time students begin classes (fee required).
- Purchase Chalk and Wire (ePortfolio)(fee required).
During first semester:
- Character and Fitness form filled out during orientation (fee required).
- Pass Ed 505 with at least a B (3.0).
- Complete application for admission to the teacher preparation program.
- Interview by faculty, staff, and Professional Education Advisory Board (PEAB).
- Complete Assessment of Professional Disposition.
By end of first academic year:
- Majors in elementary education must attempt both elementary NES 102 & 103 during second semester of classes.
- Graduate students must pass all three sub-tests of WEST-B by end of second week in July of the first year or they will be deferred.
- All candidates majoring in elementary education must have passed the NES 102 & 103) by the last available testing date in October in order to obtain a co-teaching placement for spring or the last available testing date in April in order to obtain a co-teaching placement for fall.
- All NES or WEST-E exams must be passed before any candidate can be recommended for certification.
- Satisfactory completion of the education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).
- Satisfactory scores of Professional Competencies Assessment Instrument (PCAI) and final.
After completion of co-teaching, steps in teacher certification:
- Complete all academic requirements.
- Complete all certification requirements.
a. Application for a Teacher’s Certificate (Form SPI/CERT 4401).
b. Application fee of $68 (Check or money order made out to Heritage University).
c. Pass appropriate WEST-E(s) or NES(s).
d. Maintain valid fingerprints and character clearances.
e. Pass edTPA.
Assignment or progress admission status:
The following criteria will be used to determine program admission status of the candidate.
For unconditional admission to the program, a candidate must have the following:
- Completed application for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.
- Completed the Character and Fitness Supplement with all “no” answers, not including section 1, numbers 1 and 2.
- Completed the General University Course Requirements (GUCRs).
- Attempted all three sub-tests of the WEST-B.
- Satisfactory ratings on the Assessment of Professional Dispositions.
- Satisfactory ratings on the writing sample completed in ED 505.
- Approval recommended by interview team
For conditional admission to the program, a candidate may have the following:
- A completed application for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program not received.
- Any “yes” answers on the Character and Fitness Supplement, not including section 1, numbers 1 and 2.
- Unsatisfactory completion of General University Course Requirements (GUCRs).
- Indicators of concern noted on the Assessment of Professional Dispositions.
- Unsatisfactory rating on writing sample or recommendation to complete additional courses in writing.
- Conditional approval recommended by the interview team.
Other conditions may be identified at the discretion of the teacher education program chair according to his or her professional judgment. All conditions must be met before the candidate interviews for approval to co-teach.
A candidate may be deferred admission to the program if they have any of these considerations:
- Answered “yes” to any question on the Character and Fitness Supplement, not including section 1, numbers 1 and 2.
- Deficient completion of General University Course Requirements (GUCRs).
- Failed to attempt all three sub tests of the WEST-B.
- Concerns expressed on the Assessment of Professional Disposition.
- Inadequate writing skills, as judged by faculty in the Education and/or English departments.
- Earned less than a B (3.0) in ED 505.
- Earned less than an accumulative GPA of 2.60 for the most recent 30 semester or 45 quarter credits.
- Non-approval of admission by the interview team.
Any candidate deferred admission to the Teacher Certification Program, according to the guidelines listed above, may not enroll in education, bilingual education, early childhood education, or special education classes. All candidates being deferred admission will have a right to appeal the decision to the dean of the College of Education.
The guidelines below apply to all residency teaching certificates for graduate students.
Any candidate given deferred admission to the Teacher Certification Program has the right to appeal the decision to the dean of the College of Education.
Criteria for maintaining good standing:
Students accepted into the M.I.T. in Education degree must maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA. Courses may not be taken pass/no pass or fall below a C (2.0) grade.
Departmental requirements are subject to change according to state certification requirements. Completion of requirements for a degree does not guarantee that all requirements for certification have been met.