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The mission of the M.S.Ed. Teaching: Secondary program is to prepare teachers who can facilitate lifelong learning in a world of diversity and change and serve as effective mediators of knowledge, coordinators of learning, and promoters of dignity, responsibility and self-worth. They should be effective communicators, knowledgeable in the content of their academic discipline and in methods of teaching it, competent and professional in developing a learning climate and assessing learning, and effective as role models and mentors for their students and other teachers.
Graduate Internship in Secondary Teaching (GIST) is a Northwest graduate option designed for the person who wants to become a secondary teacher and who possesses a college degree (B.S. or B.A.) in a certifiable field but lacks certification to teach. The GIST option is restricted to students who are candidates for the M.S.Ed., Teaching: Secondary degree. GIST candidates must meet the same state and institutional requirements for secondary teacher certification as undergraduate students, but they substitute graduate-level courses for undergraduate courses wherever possible.
Graduate assistantships are available to M.S.Ed. Teaching: Secondary students in the academic departments of Agriculture, Business, Education, English, History, Mathematics, Music, Speech, and Theater. Graduate assistants may work in an area of research, teaching, tutorial or administrative. Additional graduate assistantships are available in administrative offices on campus to graduate students regardless of major. The assistantships provide a competitive stipend and full tuition waiver.
Specific objectives of the M.S.Ed. Teaching: Secondary programs vary somewhat by academic specialty option. Objectives common to all options include the following: