Masters with Certification

The Masters in Teaching with certification is a one year program designed for students who have already earned an undergraduate degree and are seeking a graduate degree to teach elementary or secondary education. The program runs for one year, beginning in June, and provides the base tools to become an effective educator in a classroom.  

There are multiple endorsement options, which are content based specialties (elementary, history, math, science, world language, etc.) that students will teach upon graduating from the program. Further information on all endorsements can be found on the education website. Depending on state requirements for respective endorsements, students may need to complete additional coursework before entering the program.

Note: Health/Fitness and Music are currently not offered at the graduate level.

The program schedule is designed for students to complete intensive summer coursework which includes field work at Peace Community Center and continuing courses through fall semester with practicum to prepare students for their final spring semester when they will complete 15 weeks of student teaching, which involves facilitating a classroom on their own.

Click here for a list of endorsements and requirements.

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Program Overview

Application Information

Return all application materials to the PLU Office of Admissions. You may begin the application process before testing or bachelor’s degree is complete.

Deadlines: Rolling, priority deadlines are Nov. 1, Feb 1.

Still accepting Elementary Education Candidates for the 2018 – 19 program. Apply by March 31, 2018.


  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Passing (240) scores on all three sections of the WEST-B  or equivalent SAT/ACT Score
  • Must have a passing score content test for your intended endorsements by the end of the first summer.  You are strongly encouraged to take the test before beginning the program as candidates may not continue past summer without passing scores.  World Language applicants must also take the written and verbal portions of the ACTFL.

Application Components

  • Graduate Application and application fee.
  • Two letters of recommendation: Include one specific to your work with young people.
  • Application Essay: What are three values you will bring to your classroom?  500-750 words
  • Resume
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • Test scores or date scheduled for the test.

The admissions committee will review all files at each deadline.  If selected for an interview you will be contacted with instructions to call and reserve an interview time.  To increase your chances of being selected for an interview, be sure your application is complete.