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Information on Master in Teaching (MIT) Degree Programs

Majors Overview July 23, 2015

This article talks about Master in Teaching (M.I.T.) degree programs and their education requirements, coursework, career choices, job and wage outlook, and continuing education choices.

Master in Teaching (M.I.T.) Degree Programs

Teaching professionals interested in acquiring alternative certification or advancing their education should look at Master in Teaching (M.I.T.) programs. These programs focus on servicing students and their families, collaborating with other administrators and educators, and leadership. Students will learn about using technology to teach in classrooms and educational theories.

A four-year degree is a requirement for master’s degree programs. After a teacher has seen a year of employment, some states will require them to earn a master’s degree (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). MIT program students will participate in classroom teaching in both secondary and elementary settings as a student teacher. MIT programs are also available online to offer working professionals the chance to participate.

Education Requirements

Admission criteria typically require incoming students to have a bachelor’s degree. Some schools require the passage of educational skills tests, such as the Praxis Pre-Professional Skills Tests, and submission of scores. The admissions committee interviews applicants. Some schools may require prior experience working with adolescents and children.


Students usually complete the 36 credits required within two years. They can expect to acquire skills in trends, educational research, ethics, and legal issues. Core coursework may cover topic areas such as:

•Middle and secondary curriculum
•Instruction and learners
•Child abuse issues
•Teaching structures
•Learning theory
•Human development
•Professional teaching
•Cultural diversity
•Elementary curriculum

Career Choices

Program graduates may enroll in a Ph.D. program in order to qualify for jobs in specialized fields such as:

•Reading Education
•Special education
•Instructional coordination
•Postsecondary teaching

Job and Wage Outlook

Over the 2012 – 2022 decade, a job growth rate of six percent has been predicted for high school teachers. During the same period, special education teachers are also expected to see a six percent job growth (BLS). In May 2013, secondary and special education teachers brought in respective average annual wages of $58,170 and $58,050.

Continuing Education Choices

In most states, teachers are required to take continuing education courses to enhance their knowledge and skills in the field. They may also volunteer for professional certification that all states will recognize offered through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

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