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Educational Studies

Educational studies at Saint Martin's is a non-certification program for individuals interested in gaining knowledge, skills and pedagogy in education theory and application. The program offers five areas of focus: Community education; Early childhood education; Foundation studies in education and culture; Health and fitness; STEM (science, technology, engineering, math).

Why Saint Martin's University?

At Saint Martin’s the focus of educational studies is on the cultivation of best practices to facilitate learning and to administer learning programs. Graduates receive in-depth knowledge of the field of education combined with a focus area to meet their career needs.

Additional benefits include:

  • National accreditation
  • Study abroad opportunities open doors to teaching internationally
  • Top employers includes public schools in Washington, Hawaii and California
  • Ongoing experience in schools throughout the program
  • Faculty are experienced educators with practical teaching experience
  • Prepares you to use teaching principals in other settings
  • Develops skills needed for a variety of service occupations
  • Flexibility to meet partial certification requirements if interests change

Career paths

The following career opportunities are available based on your area of focus:

  • Early childhood education: Child care, parenting, child development services in related professions
  • Health and fitness: Coaching, personal trainer, teaching fitness classes in non-school settings (e.g. YMCA)
  • Community education: Education related activities in community agencies, churches, museums, advocacy groups, etc.
  • Foundation studies in education and culture: Teaching overseas, tutoring, international education organization staff member
  • STEM: Education related activities in museums, STEM advocacy agencies (i.e., Sierra Club), government agencies, etc.

How to apply

Applications are accepted on a continuing basis. For additional information on how to apply, please contact:

Old Main, room 476

Educational Studies Requirements

Program coursework integrates the knowledge and skills of the 21st century: core knowledge and skills; learning and innovation skills; information, media, technology, and research; life and career skills.

General education requirements (40-46 credit hours)

 Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of general education requirements for bachelor's degrees.

Lower-division courses (six credit hours)

  • ED 202: Diversity in Educational Systems
  • ED 205: Child and Adolescent Development

Upper-division courses (24 credit hours)

  • ED 306: Curriculum and Instruction
  • ED 360: Classroom Management
  • SED 359: Introduction to Exceptionalities
  • ED 469 : Capstone in Educational Studies
  • ED 493: Internship in Educational Studies

In addition, at least nine more credits in upper-division education courses are required.

Concentration courses (24 credit hours)

24 total credit hours in your area of focus as approved by advisor (community education, early childhood education, foundation studies in education and culture, health and fitness, or science, technology, engineering, and math)

Community Education: SOC, PSY, BUS, RLS, CJ, HIST, PLS
Early Childhood Education: ED, ECE, PSY, SOC
Foundation Studies in Education and Culture: SOC, ED, BUS
Health and Fitness: PE, ED, PSY, NUR

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of educational studies requirements.

Educational Studies at a Glance

Bachelor of Arts
Program Type
Main (Lacey)
Type of Instruction
In Person
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The College of Education and Counseling is committed to educating dynamic, engaged, and culturally responsive leaders. Our graduates step into their schools, organizations, government agencies and nonprofits ready to engage with their communities in a way that honors and celebrates diversity in the spirit of Benedictine values. Join us in this important work - grounded in mission and driven by a vision of equitable education for all!