Master of Initial Teaching

Helping kids in school 


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).

Our MIT program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education – a mark of distinction that recognizes that our program has met national professional standards for the preparation of teachers and other educators.

What our Graduates Do

Megan Finnerty with her class

Megan Finnerty

Alumni Spotlight: Teacher Education, ’16

Brenda Velasco standing in front of Sioux Falls

Brenda Velasco

Alumni Spotlight: Teacher Education, ’06

Taylor Cooke

Taylor Cooke

Teacher Education

2017 Wardian Leadership Award Winner