Instructions for Master's Degree Option

Applications are encouraged and accepted on a year-round basis for the following summer.

  • Please read and become familar with graduate college policies at  You can see the links on the left to open the individual policies.  You will need to familiarize yourself with these policies, as you are expected to know and abide by them. 

  •  Fill out our secure online application and click the "submit" button at the end of the page.

  • Complete an agreement for participation with Teachers in Industry:

  • Obtain OFFICIAL Transcripts from all previous institutions and have them sent to the address below.

  • Complete a respose to this "short answer" prompt as a Word document or PDF, name it "LASTNAME FIRSTNAME Short Answer", and email as an attachment to To be considered an adequate response, we would expect this to be approximately 500 words in length

Please describe your short and long term goals and how this program can help you meet them. Describe why you are interested in this "real-world" program – what do you hope to gain, what characteristics do you have that will help you succeed in this program. Send this to

  • Write a 4-5 page professional essay based on one of the prompts below, and name it "LASTNAME FIRSTNAME Essay". The essay should be sent in either Word or PDF format, and emailed as an attachment to Please use a cover sheet with your name on it, identifying which option (below) you selected and your own original title. Type your response, double-spaced with adequate margins, 12 point Times New Roman font, and do not exceed 5 pages in length. However, be sure to write at least 4 pages  -  shorter essays will not be reviewed.

  •  Refer to for guidance on layout of paper in APA format ).

Option #1: Examining a “Problem of Practice” “Problems of practice” occur regularly in teaching. These “problems” are difficult and reoccurring classroom situations that have no “ideal” solution. Magdalena Lampert, for instance, describes recurring times in her mathematics classroom where she has to choose a course of action, usually in the moment—trying to accommodate individual needs while also weighing the effects on the class as a whole (Lampert, 2001). Yet, frustrating as they may feel, “problems of practice” are also opportunities for learning to become a better teacher. In your professional essay, please examine a “problem of practice” that you have encountered directly in your teaching or observed during your teacher preparation fieldwork or internship. Use the following as a guide for structuring your essay: Describe a “problem of practice” you encountered or observed. Provide as detailed an account as possible with examples to illustrate the problem. (Please do not use actual names of students, teachers, administrators, etc.). Since problems of practice can be opportunities for learning, both in the short run and for the longer term, what did you learn right away from the problem you described, and what does that problem indicate you might need to learn as a teacher in the longer run? Why?

Option #2: Deepening One’s Understanding of Subject Matter Content Understanding the discipline and the content that one teaches is an important ingredient of teaching. While teachers learn much subject matter knowledge through content course work and teacher education courses, there is a great deal about content that teachers learn in preparation for and even in the midst of teaching it to students. In fact, many teachers often state that they did not really understand particular content until they had to teach it to their students. In your professional essay, Describe in detail, and with examples, a teaching experience you have had in the classroom, while tutoring, or as a classroom assistant in which you found yourself relearning, understanding more deeply, or questioning the depth of your understanding about a particular concept or big idea in what you have taught to students; and write about the lessons that you took away from this experience about yourself as a teacher and about the intellectual work that is involved in teaching subject matter to students.

Additionally, you must have the following items to be considered for admission to  Teachers in Industry.

  • Identify three references have them prepare letters of recommendation and send to the address below or email to

  • Obtain vaccination records -  you will need these for online graduate college application - find information at Do not send them at this time.

  • Obtain documentation for state residency you will need this for online graduate college application find more information at

  • Obtain and send school calendar along for the current and upcoming year - email to

  • We wil review your application and contact you for your next steps, which barring any disqualifying factors, will be as follows:

    • You will need to create a business resume (see link to the left) and bring a paper copy to the orientation.

    • You will be required to attend a two-hour orientation session TBD.  If you live in a rural area we will provide a link for internet access to the sessions

    • You will need to begin (but not submit) your application through the graduate college at - click “Apply Now” to begin the application, then just follow directions. Do not submit your application at this time.

    • Your resume will be sent to 1 or more companies looking for candidate with your particular qualifications

    • Companies will contact you directly for an interview and potentially extend a hiring offer

    • The company will notify us of their offer. At this time (don't do this before you have received a summer work  experience offer) we will direct you to complete the grad college application at and pay the application fee (for a degree program) which is $75 (subject to change).

      • At this time you will also need to submit residency and immunization documents

    • We will then be in contact with you regarding summer courses and other program policies.