Make an Impact on Today’s Youth

Explore your passion for making a difference in the lives of today’s youth with a Master in Teaching degree from City University of Seattle. This advanced degree prepares you for a career in teaching grades K-8. You’ll be well-equipped to manage classrooms, inspire learning, and give young students the tools to succeed in their education and in life.

Classes are available online and on Saturdays, so you can fit coursework in around your schedule. Courses are taught by educators who are actively teaching in the field, and are able to share their real-world experience and insights.

Mixed Mode MIT

The mixed mode MIT has both in-person and online classes. This option allows students to complete the majority of their coursework online while also benefiting from a dedicated local faculty who will mentor you throughout the coursework and internship portions of your learning.

The Master of Teaching program is designed for career changers who’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree and would like to pivot into a certified K-8 teaching role. Through this program, you are eligible to earn a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate and a master’s degree and may choose a singular or dual focus through our endorsement options.

You will receive first-hand experience in the classroom through four internships and student teaching. Our program incorporates more hands-on classroom time than the Washington State minimum requirement, so you can benefit from immediate application and gain experience while earning academic credit.

Performance-based option: Self-starters with education-related experience can progress toward their degree by demonstrating mastery of skills through assignments, projects, portfolios, and other evidence in a specially designed non-cohort-based program.

Admissions requirements: To apply for this program you’ll need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and to pass the Washington Educator Skills Test WEST-B ® and the National Evaluation Series Subtests I and II NES® 102/103.


Learning Outcomes

Throughout the MA in Teaching program, you’ll learn:

  • Theories and practice of classroom management
  • Public school law with an emphasis on the rights and responsibilities of students and teachers in special education and special programs
  • Major theories of human growth and development
  • Philosophical foundations of the American educational system with an emphasis on diversity
  • Methods of teaching and learning mathematics at the elementary and middle school levels
  • Student-centered instructional design
  • Inquiry-based approach to teaching STEM

Total Required Courses (54-75)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2019-2020 Course Catalog. 

There are several endorsements within the teaching master degree that you can choose to study. Each pathway will lead toward becoming certified teachers.

Elementary Education (54 Credits)

Elementary Education Core Requirements (5 Credits) 

ETC 585 Special Education and Special Programs (2)

ETC 595 Classroom Management, Assessment and Evaluation (3)

Common Requirements (32 Credits)

ESP 525 Behavior Analysis and Management (3)

ETC 501 Human Growth and Development (2)

ETC 507 Social Justice, Equity and Diversity (3)

ETC 513 Mathematics Methods I (3)

ETC 514 Mathematics Methods II (3)

ETC 515 Assessment and Feedback (3)

ETC 519 Curriculum and Instruction Methods (3)

ETC 522 Social Studies Methods (3)

ETC 525 Behavior Analysis and Management (3)

ETC 538 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Concepts (3)

ETC 553 Public School Law (2)

ETC 680 Teacher Research I (1)

ETC 683 Teacher Research II (1)

ETC 692 Master Project: Introduction (1)

ETC 693 Master Project: Capstone (1)

Literacy Block (6 Credits)

ETC 567 Instruction and Assessment in Literacy I (3)

ETC 570 Instruction and Assessment in Literacy II (3)

Internship and Student Teaching (11 Credits)

ETC 609 September Experience (1)

ETC 610 Internship I (1)

ETC 625 Internship II (1)

ETC 627 Internship III (2)

ETC 675 Student Teaching in Elementary Education (6)

Elementary Education and ELL (69 Credits)

Elementary Education Core Requirements (5 Credits)

ETC 585 Special Education and Special Programs (2)

ETC 595 Classroom Management, Assessment and Evaluation (3)

ELL Core Requirements (14 Credits)

ESL 541 Linguistics for ELL Teachers (2)

ESL 542 Identification, Assessment and Evaluation of ELL Students (3)

ESL 543 Culturally Responsible and Equitable Practices for ELL Teachers (3)

ESL 544 Evidence-Based Instructional Practices for ELL (3)

ESL 551 Researching: History of Bilingual Education and Advocacy (3)

Common Requirements (32 Credits)

ETC 501 Human Growth and Development (2)

ETC 507 Social Justice, Equity and Diversity (3)

ETC 522 Social Studies Methods (3)

ETC 515 Assessment and Feedback (3)

ETC 519 Curriculum and Instruction Methods (3)

ETC 513 Mathematics Methods I (3)

ETC 514 Mathematics Methods II (3)

ETC 680 Teacher Research I (1)

ETC 683 Teacher Research II (1)

ETC 692 Master Project: Introduction (1)

ETC 693 Master Project: Capstone (1)

ETC 553 Public School Law (2)

ETC 538 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Concepts (3)

ESP 525 Behavior Analysis and Management (3)

Literacy Block (6 Credits)

ETC 567 Instruction and Assessment in Literacy I (3)

ETC 570 Instruction and Assessment in Literacy II (3)

Internship and Student Teaching (12 Credits)

ETC 608 Practicum (1)

ETC 609 September Experience (1)

ETC 610 Internship I (1)

ETC 625 Internship II (1)

ETC 627 Internship III (2)

ETC 675 Student Teaching in Elementary Education (6)

Elementary Education and Special Education (75 Credits)

Elementary Education Core Requirements (5 Credits)

ETC 585 Special Education and Special Programs (2)

ETC 595 Classroom Mangement, Assessment and Evaluation (3)

Special Education (P-12) Core Requirements (15 Credits)

ESP 529 Fundamentals of the IEP Process (3)

ESP 540 Teaming and Transitions (1)

ESP 528 Student Assessment and Evaluation (2)

ESP 536 Behavior Analysis II (1)

ESP 541 Exceptionally in Special Education (2)

ESP 558 Instructional Accommodations and Modifications for Special Ed (3)

ESP 535 Low Incidence Disabilities (2)

Common Requirements (32 Credits)

ETC 501 Human Growth and Development (2)

ETC 507 Social Justice, Equity and Diversity (3)

ETC 522 Social Studies Methods (3)

ETC 515 Assessment and Feedback (3)

ETC 519 Curriculum and Instruction Methods (3)

ETC 513 Mathematics Methods I (3)

ETC 514 Mathematics Methods II (3)

ETC 680 Teacher Research I (1)

ETC 683 Teacher Research II (1)

ETC 692 Master Project: Introduction (1)

ETC 693 Master Project: Capstone (1)

ETC 553 Public School Law (2)

ETC 538 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Concepts (3)

ESP 525 Behavior Analysis and Management (3)

Literacy Block (6 Credits)

ETC 567 Instruction and Assessment in Literacy I (3)

ETC 570 Instruction and Assessment in Literacy II (3)

Internship and Student Teaching (17 Credits)

ETC 694 Residency I (3)

ETC 695 Residency II (3)

ETC 696 Residency III and Student Teaching (3)

The MA in Teaching at CityU gives you a solid education and an in-depth understanding of what it takes to teach in K-8 classrooms. There are several endorsements in this program for you to explore a specialized area of teaching.

This program is designed for individuals who want to make a career shift into teaching, or who want to sharpen their teaching skills for career advancement.

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.

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