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Graduate Studies



Physical location
438 Old Main

Mailing address
Graduate Studies
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503

Office hours
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday

Degree requirements

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Required credit hours

The number of credit hours required for the Master in Teaching degree varies with each emphasis and the exit option chosen:

Elementary education 55-61
Secondary education 45-51
Special education 67-73

In addition to these total required hours, the student may need to complete pre-requirements and/or endorsement courses.

Competency-based endorsements

All students are required to complete two competency-based endorsements of approximately 30 or more semester hours each. Students can only be recommended for certification in the field of their major and in fields in which state requirements for added endorsements are met. Course requirements may be satisfied by:

  • Coursework completed with a 3.0 GPA or better at a regionally accredited, state-approved college or university;
  • Approved waiver documentation for previous life and/or work experience; and/or
  • Successfully passing the appropriate WEST-E exam.

Candidates for elementary, middle-level and /or special education must:

  • obtain one additional endorsement with approximately 30 or more semester hours in an academic field (a subject area such as English or biology) earned either at Saint Martin's University or elsewhere. (While this requirement is usually satisfied with the student's baccalaureate major, additional coursework may be required.)

Candidates for secondary education (grades 5 to 12) must:

  • Have an academic major or equivalent (30 semester hour minimum) in the area in which they intend to be endorsed.

Authorized endorsements

Saint Martin's has been authorized by the Washington Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) to offer teacher certificate competency-based endorsements in the fields below.

Click on the endorsement for a PDF of the endorsement form, which lists the course requirements.

Bilingual ed Biology Chemistry Drama
Early childhood ed Early childhood special ed Elementary ed English/
language arts
Teaching ELL French Health / fitness History
Japanese Mathematics Middle-level humanities Middle-level math
Middle-level science
Music: Choral Music: Instrumental Music:
Reading / literacy
Science Social studies Spanish Special ed

Coursework, internship and exit requirements

Below, find the pre-professional, core, certification core, elementary, secondary and exit option course requirements.

For a detailed explanation of all policies, procedures and requirements, students should consult the School of Education Graduate Handbook.

Pre-professional courses

ENG 101 College writing I
ENG 102 College writing II
SPH 106 Public address
PSY 101 Introduction to psychology
MTH 100 Math course above intermediate algebra
Natural science, with lab (elementary)
U.S. history (elementary)
World history (elementary)

Master's Core courses

Must be taken at the graduate level. For elementary, secondary and special education programs (11 semester hours):

MED 601 Educational research methods 1 (3)
MED 605 Diversity and social context (3)
MED 607 Foundations for educational practice (3)
MED 559 Introduction to exceptionality (2)

Basic certification core courses

Must be taken at the graduate level. For elementary, secondary, special education programs (23 semester hours):

MED 506 Curriculum and instruction (2)
MED 512 Technology or the classroom (2)
MED 559 Intro to exceptionality
MED 560 Classroom management (2)
MED 561 Instructional strategies for exceptional learners (2)
MED 570 Classroom assessment (2)
MED 571 Educational law (1)
MED 583 Issues of abuse / teacher as counselor (1)
MED 590 Internship (12)
MED 598 Internship seminar (1)

Exit options (3 to 6 hours)

The MED program offers a thesis or non-thesis option for the completion of the degree. A practicum and successful completion of MED 698 are required for the guidance and counseling strand/ESA Certificate (thesis and non-thesis options). Detailed information about the exit options can be found in the School of Education Graduate Handbook.

Option Credits Brief description
Thesis or Project 3 credit hours Written thesis or project with oral defense.
Non-thesis 3 to 6 credit hours Capstone Course - MED 698: Integrating Theory and Practice in Education (3 credit hours), one additional graduate-level elective course in education for a minimum of 36 allowable credits.

*Effective Fall 2015. Continuously enrolled current students may choose the non-thesis option previously in effect.

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