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Old Main, room 476

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College of Education and Counseling Psychology
Saint Martin's University
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503-7500

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8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Educational Studies Program (Major)

What is the Educational Studies Program?

Educational studies is a non-certification program for individuals interested in gaining knowledge, skills and pedagogy in education theory and application. The program offers five areas of focus:

  • Community Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Foundation Studies in Education and Culture
  • Health and Fitness
  • STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)

Why study educational studies at Saint Martin's?

At Saint Martin’s the focus of educational studies is on the cultivation of best practices to facilitate learning and to administer learning programs. Graduates receive in-depth knowledge of the field of education combined with a focus area to meet their career needs.

Additional benefits include:

  • National accreditation
  • Study abroad opportunities open doors to teaching internationally
  • Top employers includes public schools in Washington, Hawaii and California
  • Ongoing experience in schools throughout the program
  • Faculty are experienced educators with practical teaching experience
  • Prepares you to use teaching principals in other settings
  • Develops skills needed for a variety of service occupations
  • Flexibility to meet partial certification requirements if interests change

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes for all undergraduate education programs, please visit our undergraduate education website.

What can I do with this major?

The following career opportunities are available based on your area of focus:

  • Early childhood education: Child care, parenting, child development services in related professions
  • Health and fitness: Coaching, personal trainer, teaching fitness classes in non-school settings (e.g. YMCA)
  • Community education: Education related activities in community agencies, churches, museums, advocacy groups, etc.
  • Foundation studies in education and culture: Teaching overseas, tutoring, international education organization staff member
  • STEM: Education related activities in museums, STEM advocacy agencies (i.e., Sierra Club), government agencies, etc.

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What's required?

Coursework: 120 semester credits minimum

Program coursework integrates the knowledge and skills of the 21st century: core knowledge and skills; learning and innovation skills; information, media, technology, and research; life and career skills.

  • 42-48 semester credits of general education
  • 30 semester credits of education courses
  • 24 semester credits in your selected area of study
  • 18-24 semester credits electives

How do I apply?

Applications are accepted on a continuing basis. For additional information on how to apply, please contact:

Old Main, room 476

Related fields of study

Elementary education (M.) | Special education (M., m.) | Secondary education (certification/endorsements) | Minors in education