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College of Education and Counseling Psychology
Saint Martin's University
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503-7500
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Elementary Education Program (Major)
What is the Elementary Education Program?
The Elementary Education Program at Saint Martin’s explores the field of
elementary education for the purposes of advanced study and/or initial teaching
certification with a primary endorsement in elementary education
(kindergarten-8) by the state of Washington.
Why study elementary education at Saint Martin's?
The education programs at Saint Martin’s interweave with one another,
providing students with a wide spectrum of choice and flexibility. From the
outset, education students participate in in-depth school and practicum work
allowing them to interact with local teachers and principals. Faculty are
professional educators with extensive, contemporary, real-world experience.
Their knowledge in the field of education is coupled with skills in counseling,
creating a climate of compassionate rigor. Our reputation for excellence so
precedes us that 97% of our graduates find teaching jobs after graduation.
Additional benefits include:
- National accreditation
- Approved by the Washington State Board of Education
- Study abroad opportunities open doors to teaching internationally
- Two subject endorsements required to better prepare students for employability
- A rigorous educational environment in which faculty members work closely with their students
- Top employers includes public schools in Washington, Hawaii and California
For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please
visit our undergraduate education website.
What can I do with this major?
The elementary education major prepares graduates for teaching careers
(preschool-8) in a variety of environments including:
- Public or private elementary schools
- Day care centers
- Private tutoring
- Military elementary schools
Graduates are also prepared for advanced study in the field of education.
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 is required?
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.
- 30-31 semester hours of pre-professional courses
- 60 semester hours of core courses
- Elementary education endorsement
- Second/additional endorsement
Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a
complete breakdown of elementary education courses and requirements.
All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's
general education requirements.
Where do Saint Martin's graduates teach?
- Garfield Elementary School, Olympia, WA
Related fields of study
Educational studies (M.) | Special education (M., m.) | Secondary education (certification/endorsements)
| Minors in education