Master in Teaching Program Overview

A Master in Teaching (MIT) program is available for aspiring and experienced teaching professionals who want to advance their expertise in the field of education.

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Essential Information

Students in MIT programs learn about educational theories and using technology in classroom teaching environments. Such programs stress leadership, service to students and their families, and collaboration with other educators and administrators. Students in MIT programs are required to gain experience with classroom teaching as a student teacher in both elementary and secondary environments. Most programs take about two years to complete, and some are offered online.

A four-year bachelor's degree is required to enter an MIT program. Some schools require applicants to pass educational skills tests, such as the Praxis Pre-Professional Skills Tests, and submit scores. Applicants are also interviewed by the admissions committee. Previous experience working with children and adolescents could also be required. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), some states require teachers to earn a master's degree after they have been employed for a specified time.


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Master's in Teaching Coursework

Students can acquire skills in educational research, trends, legal issues, and ethics. Courses in an MIT program might include:

  • Human development
  • Learning theory, instruction, and learners
  • Teaching structures and professional teaching
  • Cultural diversity
  • Child abuse issues
  • Elementary, middle, and secondary curriculum

Popular Career Options

Some graduates of an MIT degree program may elect to enter into a Ph.D. program for further training or find employment in specialized fields. These specializations may include:

  • Special education
  • Administration
  • Reading education
  • Literacy
  • Postsecondary teaching
  • Instructional coordination

Job Outlook and Salary Information

The BLS projected job opportunities for high school teachers should increase by 6% during the 2014-2024 decade. Special education teachers should expect to see a 6% increase during the same time period. Both of these growth rates are about as fast as the average for all occupations. In May of 2014, the BLS estimated that secondary and special education teachers earned median annual salaries of $57,200 and $53,920, respectively.

Continuing Education Information

Most states require teachers to take continuing education courses to upgrade skills and improve knowledge. To demonstrate competency, many teachers obtain professional certification beyond the skills required for licensure. A voluntary certification that is recognized by all states can be earned through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

By earning a master's degree in the field, aspiring teachers can boost their knowledge of education and improve their classroom effectiveness. They can also choose to pursue voluntary certification to demonstrate particular skills that they have learned.

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