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Program Outline: Master in Teaching
Mathematics and Science

The MTMS is a full-time, field-based degree, offering classes in three formats: on-campus, online, and in a school setting. Online courses allow you to engage in virtual learning and benefit from asynchronous discussion formats. Field-based classes allow you to observe course concepts applied in the classroom and to engage professionals in learning-focused discussions. Candidates spend most of their time (30-plus hours per week) in the schools, working the same schedule as a teacher.

Program Components


The Master in Teaching Math and Science (MTMS) program at Seattle Pacific University combines a Washington State Residency Certificate with a masters degree. Candidates in the MTMS program become effective teachers by

Demonstrating effective teaching practices

Centering instruction on high expectations for student achievement

Recognizing and responding to individual student learning needs

Providing clear and intentional focus on subject matter content and curriculum

Fostering and managing a safe, positive learning environment

Using multiple student data elements to modify instruction and improve student learning

Communicating and collaborating with parents and the school community

Exhibiting collaborative and collegial practices focused on improving instruction and learning

The certification component of the MTMS program is 45 credits. Approximately one-third of these credits are allocated for a 38-week internship. Completion of certification courses, internship requirements, and passing program assessments qualifies candidates for a Washington State Residency Certificate. This certificate enables candidates to teach in public and private schools in Washington State. The master’s degree is earned by completing an additional 15 graduate level credits or five classes.

Please note that tuition rates for the certification portion of the program and the master's component of the program are differentiated. While certification courses are offered at a reduced rate, students across all masters programs take the master's component classes at the regular graduate tuition rate. 

Coursework and Internship

Coursework begins in the summer with online and on-campus classes in learning theory, general teaching methods, curriculum design, and literacy strategies. Candidates enroll in classes with peers who are earning the same endorsements in math and science to promote collegial interdependence.

Internship begins in late August as K-12 teachers return to school for in-service training. Candidates intern across the school year, while completing online and on-campus coursework. On-campus and online coursework integrates internship experiences to assist candidates in applying educational theory and research to planning, instruction, and assessment.

Candidates are paired with a mentor teacher and university coordinator in a supervised school setting. Internship is five days a week, for an entire K-12 school year, approximately 38 weeks, including in-service and end-of-the-year activities.

Candidates and mentor teachers follow a co-teaching model where responsibility for planning, instruction, management, and assessment is shared. Candidates begin internship with focused observations and progress to independent teaching. Across internship, candidates complete assignments designed to maximize field experiences, such as portfolio reflections, unit plans, and program assessments. Internship concludes with candidates returning control of classroom responsibilities to their mentor teachers.

Completion of the MTMS Degree

Candidates earn the MTMS degree by completing five graduate level courses, totaling 15 credits. These classes are taken at the regular graduate tuition rate. Classes required for the MTMS degree are not needed for certification. However, most candidates complete degree requirements immediately following certification to increase their base salary. Candidates may delay completion of degree requirements for five years following the quarter of admission, as long as active enrollment status is maintained by completing one class every four quarters. Students admitted to the MTMS program with a master’s degree may complete EDU 6085 to receive the MAT degree.

Program Schedule

The MTMS program begins in the summer with four classes. On-campus classes meet one night a week each quarter, from 4:30-9:10.

Course Sequence

The Master in Teaching Math and Science program follows a course sequence which has been selected to exceed requirements for preparing candidates to meet the demands of today's classrooms.

Find information about this Program Overview, Program Outline, Course Sequence, and Admission Information.