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Physical location
Old Main, room 476

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

Office hours
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday

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Elementary education program

The Saint Martin's University baccalaureate program in elementary education provides graduates with the education and training for advanced study and/or initial teaching certification with a primary endorsement in elementary education (kindergarten-8) by the state of Washington.


The University's elementary education program provides:

  • A rigorous educational environment in which faculty members work closely with their students
  • Quality curriculum library and computer facilities
  • A faculty with extensive experience as University educators and in the kindergarten-12 education system
  • Small classes, allowing students to receive individual attention, and
  • Necessary class, library, computer and field experiences to support the University's teacher education programs.

Outline of the program

An outline of the University's elementary education program is given below. To insure proper sequencing of courses, students planning to enter the program must consult an advisor from the College of Education and Professional Psychology prior to taking courses at the University. Formal acceptance to the program is required before students may register for basic courses in education.

Academic major/primary endorsement

To receive a primary endorsement in elementary education (kindergarten-8), a student must complete all required courses and be verified for program completion for a residency teaching certificate with an endorsement in elementary education.

Additional endorsement

In addition to the primary endorsement in elementary education (kindergarten-8), students are required to complete at least one additional endorsement with 30 to 40 semester hours of credit in an area of academic field emphasis. The additional endorsement may be earned either at Saint Martin's University or elsewhere. Depending on the academic field and with careful planning, this endorsement/academic field may require only 14 or 15 semester hours.

General education

(45-51 semester hours)
General education requirements for all Saint Martin's University students are listed in the academic policies and procedures section of the academic catalog.

Pre-professional courses

(33-34 semester hours)
One U.S. history course
One world history course
One university-level natural science course with laboratory
PSY 101 Introduction to psychology
ENG 101 College writing I
ENG 102 College writing II
One speech or acting course
ED 204 Introduction to education
PSY 205/ED 205 Child and adolescent development
MTH 101 or higher level math course
CSC 160 Introduction to computing technology
SOC 396 Intercultural communication

Basic courses

(59-60 semester hours)
Classes that prepare you for an endorsement in elementary education:
ED 300 Competency seminar (optional, may be required for some students)
ED 306 Curriculum and instruction
SED 359 Introduction to exceptionality
ED 360 Classroom management
ED 370 Classroom assessment
ED 371 Education law
ED 383 Issues of abuse/Teacher as counselor
ED 411 Methods of teaching mathematics
ED 415 Methods of teaching science
ED 418 Methods of teaching social studies
ED 419 Methods of teaching language arts
ED 426 Methods of teaching language acquisition
ED 429 Methods of teaching the arts and movement
ED 438 Literature for children and young adults
ED 474 Primary reading
ED 476 Elementary content-area reading for elementary teachers
ED 494 Student teaching in the elementary school
ED 498 Student teaching seminar: elementary