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2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master in Teaching


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Master in Teaching: 36 credits

The Master in Teaching (M.I.T.) Program 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 36 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.

M. I. T. Program Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, requirements for admission to the Master in Teaching program include:

  1. Submission of a letter describing personal or professional experiences relevant to teaching or working with youth and why the candidate wants to become a teacher
  2. Prior to admission to the Teacher Preparation Program (during the first semester) candidates interested in pursuing a Residency Teaching Certificate must take the WEST-B, which comprises three entry-level tests.  For information on test registration/administration, see your advisor or the certification officer at Heritage University.  Students interested in education are encouraged to take the WEST-B as early as possible prior to the start of the program.
  3. Accumulative GPA of 2.60 for the most recent 30 semester or 45 quarter credits 

Teacher Preparation Program Requirements

The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) approved Teacher Preparation Program at Heritage University is a performance-based program that prepares students at the both the undergraduate and graduate levels for teaching positions.  Prior to receiving recommendation for certification, a candidate must demonstrate competence on a number of professional standards, including subject matter content, pedagogical practices, collection of data that reflects the rate of student progress, and other elements of professionalism.

Upon satisfactory completion of all requirements for a M.I.T. degree and all state certification requirements, including successful completion of the WEST-E Elementary Education (005 and 006) and Teacher Performance Assessment, Heritage University recommends the student to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for the Washington State Residency Teacher Certificate. 

Completion of the institutional application for a teacher's certificate, character and fitness supplement, and fingerprint processing for OSPI are required at program specific times.  

The WEST-E exam should be taken as soon as possible following admission to the Teacher Preparation Program. For information on test registration/administration, see your advisor or the certification officer at Heritage University.  Students must pass the WEST-E Elementary Education (005 and 006) prior to applying to co-teach.  Application for co-teaching occurs at the beginning of the fourth semester of coursework.

 In addition, because of the responsibility of members of the teaching profession to the total development of young people, and not with standing a student’s enrollment in or graduation from the College of Education and Psychology, the dean and the faculty of the college reserve the right to refuse to admit to a teaching program, or recommend a student for a teaching certificate or endorsement, if, in the opinion of the dean and the faculty, such a recommendation or assignment would be contrary to or in violation of WAC 181-79A-155 — Good Moral Character and Personal Fitness. Any potential student concerned about such issues should immediately contact the certification office at (509) 865-8592 for assistance.

All requirements must be met in order to successfully complete the Teacher Preparation Program. Candidates should be aware that they must meet all current State of Washington certification requirements that are in place at the time of their final application for certification. (These requirements may change from the time a candidate starts the program to the time they apply for certification.)

Students of education are required to develop and maintain a professional e-portfolio throughout their time of study. This portfolio is intended to show evidence of the candidate’s ability to positively impact student growth.

Teacher Preparation Programs Admission Guidelines

The guidelines below apply to all residency teaching certificates for Master in Teaching candidates.

  1. Candidate applies for admission to the teacher certification program in his/her first semester of education course work, coinciding with ED 505 .
  2. Interviews for admission are conducted during the first semester of education course work.  At the time of the interview, candidate must have on file:
    1. Completed copy of the application for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program
    2. Completed Character and Fitness Supplement FORM SPI/CERT4020B
    3. Official scores from Evaluation Systems Pearson for all three sub tests of the WEST-B exam
    4. Assessment of Professional Disposition form from two education instructors
    5. Initial portfolio of designated work samples, including a writing sample completed in class (ED 505 )
  3. Following the admission interview, the program chair will review the documentations listed above along with the official recommendation of the interview team to determine the candidate’s status in the program.

The following criteria will be used to determine admission status of the candidate.

For unconditional admission to the program, a candidate must have:

  • Completed the 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
  • Passed all three sub tests of the WEST-B exam
  • 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:

  • Incomplete application for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program, or application not received by Heritage University
  • Any “yes” answers on the Character and Fitness Supplement, not including section 1, numbers 1 and 2
  • Unsatisfactory completion of the General University Course Requirements
  • Indicators of concern noted on the Assessment of Professional Disposition
  • 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 program chair according to his or her professional judgment.

All conditions must be met before the candidate interviews for approval to student teach. All candidates receiving conditional admission will receive a letter specifying the conditions.

Candidates may be deferred admission to the program if they have:

  • Answered “yes” to any question on the Character and Fitness Supplement, not including section 1, numbers 1 and 2
  • Deficient in completion of the General University Course Requirements
  • Failed to attempt all three sub tests of the WEST-B exam
  • Expressed concerns on an Assessment of Professional Disposition
  • Inadequate writing skills, as judged by faculty in the Education and/or English departments
  • Earned less than a 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 classes. All candidates receiving deferred admission will have a right to appeal the decision to the dean of the College of Education and Psychology.

Candidates may be granted provisional status* if they have attempted all three sub tests of the WEST-B but have not passed one or two sub tests.

* Provisional status is applied to students who pass one or two of the three sub tests on the WEST-B exam; students have until the end of the current academic year to pass all three sub tests before being placed on deferred status. Students can continue to take courses until the end of the current academic year, ending in August. Deferred status will not allow you to register for any additional education courses (Education [ED courses). 

Degree Requirements


The primary mission of the M.I.T. degree is to prepare and support effective, intellectual, and ethical teachers who can have a positive impact on student learning.  A Heritage University graduate with teacher certification will have the ability to positively impact learning for all students.  The program is based on developing the seven essential roles of a teacher:

  1. Bridge Builder for Diverse People and Communities
  2. Communicator
  3. Builder of Learning Communities
  4. Planner of Learning Experiences
  5. Reflective Professional
  6. Collegial Leader/Advocate
  7. Nurturer of Psychosocial Development

Students officially accepted into the Master in Teaching graduate degree must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.  Courses in the professional core endorsement areas or supporting course work, may not be taken as pass/no pass or fall below a C (2.0) grade.

Assessment of candidate's disposition is an important element of the College of Education and Psychology unit assessment system.  Dispositions are attributes of professionals, including attitudes and principles, that ultimately manifest as tendencies to act in a particular way. Assessment of professional dispositions are not based on a single class performance.  Rather, assessments are conducted periodically over time and in most courses to identify disposition patterns.

Graduation applications are completed two semesters prior to the graduation date. 

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