Saint Martin's College of Education offers new Certificates of Advanced Study options

April 5, 2012

COEPhotoLACEY, WASHINGTON — Saint Martin’s University College of Education and Professional Psychology has announced the offering of its new Certificates of Advanced Study options. Formerly called “certification-only,” these options now include post-baccalaureate teacher certification, post-baccalaureate endorsements, post-master’s school counseling certification, and post-master’s school principal or program administrator certification.

Why the change? The Certificates of Advanced Study are eligible for financial aid support and are listed on transcripts, unlike certification-only programs.

“We are pleased to offer the new Certificates of Advanced Study options at Saint Martin’s,” says Joyce Westgard, Ed.D., dean of the College of Education and Professional Psychology. “We believe the options will allow individuals who are seeking to teach, to become a school counselor or to step into the administrator’s role a way to meet their education needs.”

The University is accepting applications now. Classes are offered on a regular basis throughout the year, and, depending on the certificate, classes may be available at the Centralia and Joint Base Lewis-McChord extension campuses.

The length of the program will vary from one semester to two years, depending on the option. Endorsements typically take one to two semesters to complete, whereas certification takes one to two years. 

For more details about the Certificates of Advanced Study options, contact Westgard at westgard​ or 360-438-4333.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For additional information:

Joyce Westgard, Ed.D.
Dean, college of education and professional psychology

Sarah Holdener
Director of community relations and event management
Office of Marketing and Communications
Saint Martin’s University