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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.

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.

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.

Core curriculum requirements

Please see the core curriculum section of the catalog.

Lower-division education courses

  • ED 204: Culture, Equity and Education (3)
  • ED 205: Learning and Development (3)

Upper-division courses

  • ED 418: Critical Narratives and Historical Integrations in Teaching (2)
  • SED 359: Introduction to Exceptionalities (3) (The practicum for Educational Studies students cannot be completed in a public school setting)
  • ED 469: Capstone in Educational Studies (3)
  • ED 493: Internship in Educational Studies (3)

AND at least thirteen more semester hours in upper-level education courses.

Concentration courses

Students will choose an approved area of focus for additional credit hours. Common concentration areas include:

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

Elective coursework to reach 120 semester credit hours minimum

Additional elective courses as needed to meet the 120 semester credit minimum for the bachelor's degree.

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!