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Curriculum, Supervision, & Educational Leadership

College of Education and Professional Studies

Master of Arts in Teaching

I want to be a teacher. Where do I start?

Are you an individual with a bachelor’s degree who would like to obtain a teaching license? Are you interested in teaching in high need subject areas and/or in a rural district in the State of Washington? Are you passionate about educating young people and sharing your knowledge and expertise?

If you answered yes to these questions, then the MAT degree at Central Washington University could be the right choice for you.


For information regarding endorsements and the levels they cover, follow this link to the Professional Educator Standards Board, PESB website.

A candidate can obtain up to two endorsements with the MAT. Prospective candidates must successfully complete the West-E/NES exam for each endorsement in which they are seeking licensure prior to submitting their application. Successful score must accompany the application. To determine which West test or NES exam to take, check here

Course Work 

Central Washington University offers a teacher preparation program for individuals with a bachelor's degree in any content area outside of education. Those admitted to the program may choose between completing 4 quarters for certification or completing 5 quarters of coursework for certification and the master's degree. It is successful completion of all 5 quarters that will confer the MAT degree.

Some pursuing teacher certification may not desire the MAT and only want CWU to recommend licensure only. Candidates seeking licensure recommendation have the option to receive a CWU certificate of completion at the end of the 4th quarter and be recommended to the state for their teaching license. Regardless of the option selected, all candidate applicants must apply to the Graduate College as well as the MAT program.

How to Apply

Admissions Requirements

Application Deadlines

Applications will only be reviewed when all materials have been received. Complete applications received by the application date will be assured of a review for the next beginning cohort. Complete applications received after the application date will be reviewed for the next cohort start.


Interviews are a mandatory component of the application process and require you to come to the Ellensburg campus. Interviews take place in small groups and each small group will meet with each member of the program selection committee in a round robin format. The interview is the final phase in our selection process. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Information Sessions

Contact Us

For general inquiries, please contact

Program Director: 

Dr. Shaw 


Phone: (509) 963-2259

Curriculum, Supervision, and Educational Leadership
Department Secretary: 

Corinne Grieve


Phone: (509) 963-1448



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