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Graduate Education Program (M.A.T., M.Ed., M.I.T.)

The School of Education offers three master's degree programs and several areas of specialization:

  1. Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), Master of Education (M.Ed.)
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Educational Leadership
    • Literacy Instruction (Reading endorsement included)
    • Special Education (SPED endorsement included)
      • Fully online, start any quarter.
      • 33% tuition discount—limited introductory offer
  2. Master of Initial Teaching (MIT)
    • Instruction, with Washington State Residency Certificate (Elementary) 
    • Instruction, with Washington State Residency Certificate (Secondary)

Program highlights

  • No GRE or Thesis required
  • Flexibility should scheduling conflicts occur
  • Discounted tuition available for teachers
  • Significant reduction in hours if completing a 2nd Masters
  • Individualized specialization option to tailor courses towards your area of interest

Application deadline

  • Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis provided space is available. You may take up to 12 credits before being admitted and have those courses apply towards the master’s program of study.

Current NPUC teachers can receive tuition waivers.

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  • Regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • Washington State board of Education for Teacher Certification accredited
  • Low student-faculty ratio

These programs teach basic research skills and techniques; focus on research in emerging policy, practice, and professional life; address contemporary issues, needs, and trends in education and psychology; provide supervised practicums in the area of specialization; and assist students in the development and application of a philosophy of Christian service.

Required credits

  • 46 for M.A.T. Special Education (includes WA SPED endorsement)
  • 47 for M.A.T. Literacy Instruction (includes WA Reading endorsement)
  • 48 for M.A.T. or M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction
  • 49 for M.Ed Literacy Instruction and M.A.T. Educational Leadership
  • 52 for M.Ed Educational Leadership and Special Education
  • 61-68 for M.I.T. Secondary Education (earn your secondary teaching certificate)
    • Must pass a basic skills and endorsement content state exam and have 45+ credits in an endorsable content area.
  • 87-96 for M.I.T. Elementary Education (earn your elementary teaching certificate)
    • Must pass basic skills state exam and have 45+ credits in an endorsable content area.


Teachers can finish in two years for the SPED degree. Most concentrations for M.Ed and M.A.T. are completed in 4 summers or less. M.I.T is 2 years full-time, on-campus or commuting, including student teaching hours.


New fully online format with flexible options for Special Education degrees. M.I.T. certification options are on-campus, all others are summer-only courses with online coursework for convenience.

Loan repayment as low as $209 if using financial aid.*

  • Scholarships, Grants, Financial aid, Stafford Loans and ‘pay-as-you-go’ plans are available.
  • Teacher Loan Forgiveness of up to $5,000 or more is available for teachers who teach for five years in low-income schools and meet other requirements.
  • $437 per credit tuition extended to students taking the Special Education concentration. Full-time teachers employed within 200 miles (aprox.) may receive this discount for any education master’s provided they show copy of district’s contract. If you receive discounted tuition, no other financial aid such as grants or scholarships can be offered by the institution.
  • Learn more about finances for graduate students >
  • Current NPUC teachers can receive tuition waivers. Learn more >

*The repayment example set forth is for illustrative purposes only and was calculated based on a standard amortization federal Stafford loan assuming a loan amount of $20,102, a payment term of 10 years, and a fixed interest rate equal to 4.3%. Loan amount of $20,102 is based on the total tuition price for the discounted SPED M.A.T. program. Your total loan amount may vary based on program selection. The loan calculator used in this example is available at It is your responsibility to verify your eligibility by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at All loans are subject to federal student aid guidelines. The actual interest rate may change periodically based on federal regulations. If you elect to defer payments until graduation, loan interest may accrue during deferment.

Master of Arts in Teaching Grant

This grant is awarded to students who show need through the financial aid application process. This $5,200 grant is disbursed at a rate of $1,300 each quarter—fall, winter, spring and summer. Grants are need-based awards and do not have to be repaid.

Master of Arts in Teaching Departmental Scholarship

This $2,700 scholarship is awarded to each student who holds a bachelor's degree from WWU and whose cumulative grade-point average (GPA) was at least 3.0. One fourth of the scholarship is disbursed each quarter—fall, winter, spring, and summer—of the recipient's first year in the program.

Master of Arts in Teaching Merit Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded in recognition of an outstanding undergraduate GPA. One fourth of the scholarship is disbursed each quarter—fall, winter, spring, and summer—of a recipient's first year in the program.

Undergrad GPAAward
3.9 – 4.0$3,000 ($750 per quarter)
3.8 – 3.98$2,200 ($550 per quarter)
3.7 – 3.79$1,800 ($450 per quarter)
3.5 – 3.69$1,500 ($375 per quarter)

Note: The grants and scholarships listed above are available to United States citizens only.

Career outcomes

Obtaining your master’s degree in education can lead to positions such as: Teacher, Lead Teacher, Department Chair, Reading Specialist, Curriculum Director, Instructional specialist, Principal (denominational schools), Teacher on Special Assignment.


Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean
School of Education and Psychology

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