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Lacey, WA 98503-7500

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Secondary Education Program (Certification)

What is the Secondary Education Program?

The Secondary Education Program offers teaching certification with a primary endorsement in secondary education (grades 4-12) from the state of Washington.

Candidates for secondary program verification are required to have an academic major in the area in which they intend to be endorsed. Saint Martin's is authorized to verify its graduates for teaching endorsements in secondary schools (grades 4-12) in the following academic majors:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Music
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Social studies

Why study secondary 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

What is required?

To insure proper sequencing of courses, students planning to enter the program must consult an advisor* from the College of Education prior to taking courses at the University.

  • 30-60 semester hours of certificate endorsement/academic major
  • 24-25 semester hours of required pre-professional courses
  • 42 semester hours of core courses

In addition to getting an endorsement in the student's major, at least one additional endorsement is required.

For a complete breakdown of writing minor requirements, visit the undergraduate academic catalog.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

What can I do with this major?

The secondary education teaching certification prepares graduates for advanced study and/or teaching careers (grades 4-12) in a variety of environments:

  • Public or private schools
  • Tutoring and learning centers
  • Overseas schools for military dependents

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

Related fields of study

Elementary education (M.) | Educational studies (M.) | Special education (M., m.) | Minors in education