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

Degree Specializations

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

Master of Education (M.Ed.) with concentrations in:

  • 21st Century Teaching & Learning 
  • Educational Leadership (May lead to NAD administrator endorsement only)
  • Literacy Instruction (May lead to Washington state and/or NAD reading specialist endorsement)
  • Special education track (May lead to Washington state and/or NAD special education endorsement, fully online and start any quarter with discounted tuition)

Master of Initial Teaching (MIT)

  • Instruction with Certification (Elementary) 
  • Instruction with Certification (Secondary)

Attention: 33% discounted graduate tuition on education programs for teachers with a current contract.

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
  • Online classes

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. A completed application file must be received by May 1 to avoid delays in admission review. After May 1, files are not guaranteed to finish review in time for the summer quarter start.

Quality Education

  • Regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • Programs leading to initial licensure in elementary and secondary education are approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB).
  • 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.

Credits and Program Format

Required credits

  • 46 or 52 for M.Ed. Special Education (includes WA SPED endorsement)

  • 47 or 49 for M.Ed. Literacy Instruction (includes WA Reading Endorsement)
  • 48 for M.Ed. 21st Century Teaching & Learning
  • 52 for M.Ed Educational Leadership and Special Education
  • 49 or 52 for M.Ed. Educational Leadership (SDA Principal Certification)
  • 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 are completed in 4 summers or less. M.I.T is 2 years full-time, on-campus or commuting, including student teaching hours.


Fully online for M.Ed concentrations. Start any term depending on class availability, Summer quarter is the preferred entry term. M.I.T. certification options are on-campus for an entry term of the Summer or Fall quarter.


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

*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.Ed. 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.

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.


Maria Bastien Valenca, Dean
School of Education and Psychology