Initial Teaching

Gonzaga University

12 months
1160 USD/credit
1160 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Master of Initial Teaching (MIT) program leads to state certification as an elementary (K-8) or secondary (5-12) teacher. You will graduate with a master’s degree in education along with the credentials you need to begin your career as a K-12 educator.


Our program gives you flexibility to complete your degree in one or two years. You will learn as part of a cohort of students and build supportive and collaborative relationships with your peers. We also offer many opportunities to develop in-classroom skills through student teaching and supervised field experiences in local schools.With an elementary certification, you can teach as a generalist in grades K-8. If you pursue secondary certification, you will choose a specific endorsement area from one of the approved endorsements, such as English, History, Math or Biology.Our program strongly positions you for first-year teaching jobs at school districts throughout the state. In fact, approximately 95% of our MIT graduates have found jobs upon graduation (2014). Also, when you earn a teacher certification at Gonzaga, you qualify to teach in 48 states as part of Washington’s reciprocity agreements through the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC).

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Psychology of Children with Exceptionalities
  • Instructional Foundation
  • Abuse Prevention
  • Graduate Teaching Certification
  • Special Education Applied Classroom Experience: Elementary
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Special Education Policies and Procedures
  • Special Education Applied Classroom Experience
  • Direct Instruction Reading
  • Direct Instruction Mathematics
  • Research in Special Education
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Advanced Classroom Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • A completed graduate application
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One (1) official degree bearing transcript and one (1) official transcript
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation. 
  • A written Statement of Purpose addressing the applicant's (a) commitment to becoming a K-12 educator, (b) past and present academic experiences, and (c) ability to work with children or youth.
  • A copy of your current resume
  • Complete an online declaration of endorsement form
  • Receive passing scores in Reading, Writing, and Math
  • Receive a passing score on the NES or WEST-E test in your primary content area

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1160 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1160 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1160 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1160 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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Initial Teaching
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