Master in Teaching


REQUIRED CREDITS: 52-73
LOCATIONS and START DATES: Performance-based: Every Quarter | Vancouver, WA: Every Quarter


Is the Performance Based Master in Teaching program for me?

The performance-based Master in Teaching program is designed for today's networked learner. This new program was created to serve students who
  1. possess a solid foundation of educational experience and knowledge, or
  2. prefer to learn from a variety of sources while participating and engaging in a fully online learning format
Focus on learning the things you don't know, rather than re-learning the things you already do know. If you are a self-directed learner, have a bachelor's degree (even if it's in another major), and want to earn a master's degree with a teaching certificate, then this program may be a perfect fit for you.

Key features:

  • Flexibility - How long you take to complete the performance-based MIT is largely up to you. Complete this MIT program in as few as five quarters or take up to three years.
  • Value - Receive a top-quality educational experience at a competitive total cost.
  • Practitioner based – You will be interacting directly with Washington state-certified teachers in your online learning, internships and student teaching. Faculty and mentors assigned in the program are all master K-12 teachers, allowing you to learn from their classroom experiences and build a network to jumpstart your job search process.
  • Successful graduates receive a Washington state Teaching Certificate upon completion of the program.
  • A variety of endorsement options:
    • Single Endorsement
      • Elementary Education K-8
      • Special Education K-12
    • or Dual Endorsement*
      • Elementary Education K-8 and Special Education
*A dual endorsement provides you with specialized training and experience that makes you even more attractive to potential employers. Please speak to an advisor for full details.

How does the Performance-Based Master in Teaching program differ from the other Master in Teaching programs at CityU?

The performance-based Master in Teaching is designed for the independent learner. Rather than enrolling in individual courses, performance-based programs are built around "program blocks" of six to ten credits each. Program blocks contain learning content equivalent to about three to five traditional courses. As in traditional delivery, you will complete assignments and projects, and have internship and student teaching experiences in local schools. You can even leverage your internships with a full-year placement in a school of your choice, becoming a member of that school community.

Another primary difference in performance-based delivery is that you control the pace and format of your learning. Do you prefer to listen to a presentation from a leading educational researcher? Or would you rather read the journal article? Do you learn by observing and then doing?

However you prefer to learn, your faculty mentor will help ensure that you successfully complete each requirement block. For each block, you will be required to document the application of your learning by completing a number of assessments. Assessments may range from tests, to lesson plans for a science unit, to a portfolio of artifacts from your internship experiences. An Outcomes Evaluator (OE) will evaluate your assessments and determine your readiness to move on to the next program block.

While the average time to complete a program block is ten weeks, students may submit evidence as early as five weeks after enrolling, or as late as 22 weeks after enrolling. This format allows those students who can quickly master the material to progress through the program at an accelerated pace. It also accommodates those who need a bit more time to complete their work.

What can I do with my Master in Teaching degree?

  • Teach elementary, middle school or special education students depending on your endorsement choices.
  • Pursue teaching jobs in Washington, other states and overseas.
  • Work with private or public sector agencies that support education.

How to get started:

Note: You'll need to pass the Washington Educator Skills Test–Basic (WEST-B) Exam to enter this program. Check out the WEST-B Exam website for more info.

  1. Chat with an admissions advisor or call 888.42.CityU
  2. Get a Master in Teaching admissions checklist
  3. Apply to CityU
Elementary Education (52)
ETC 505
ETC 512
ETC 516
ETC 536
ETC 569
ETC 587
ETC 601
Special Education (56)
ESP 519
ESP 543
ESP 550
ESP 601
ETC 505
ETC 536
ETC 569
Elementary and Special Education (73)
ESP 539
ESP 550
ESP 601
ETC 505
ETC 512
ETC 516
ETC 536
ETC 569
ETC 587
ETC 601