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Minors in Education

An education minor allows students to explore the educational field as a compliment to their intended professions. With a background in any one of our four minors, a student’s opportunity for engagement as a non-professional educator is enhanced.

Why Saint Martin's University?

The College of Education and Counseling offers four minors including:

  • Education*
  • Physical education
  • Reading
  • Special education

Note: The reading and special education minors are normally completed along with a Bachelor of Science in Education program to meet endorsement requirements. Please see an education faculty advisor for special advising if you wish to minor in reading or special education and are not planning to earn certification. Completing only a minor in the education department does not satisfy the state requirements for teacher certification.

*Secondary education students normally pursue the minor in education.

Program highlights

Saint Martin’s offers a blend of traditional and contemporary preparation within all our education programs. A faculty of working professionals provide a balanced foundation that honors the roots of education as a profession while inspiring students to subscribe to a progressive spirit. As a result our graduates fit comfortably into a variety of educational cultures.

Additional benefits include:

  • National accreditation
  • Approved by the Washington State Board of Education
  • 97% of our graduates find teaching jobs
  • Study abroad opportunities open doors to teaching internationally
  • Top employers includes public schools in Washington, Hawaii and California
  • Require two subject endorsements to better prepare students for employability
  • Educational endorsements aligned with most majors offered on campus
  • Ongoing experience in schools throughout the program
  • Faculty are experienced educators with practical teaching experience
  • Focus areas include STEM, Special Education and English Language Learning

Minors in Education Requirements

Lower-division courses (6 credit hours)

  • ED 204: Introduction to Education
  • ED 205: Child and Adolescent Development

Upper-division courses (9 credit hours)

  • SED 359: Introduction to Exceptionality
  • ED 306: Curriculum and Instruction
  • ED 362: Educational Law and Issues of Abuse

Plus two courses chosen from:

  • ED 360: Classroom Management
  • ED 312: Classroom Technology
  • ED 470: Classroom Assessment

Lower-division courses (2 credit hours)

  • Two credit hours selected from: PE 202, PE 203 or PE 204

Upper-division courses (18 credit hours)

  • PE 301: Foundations of Physical Education (3)
  • PE 310: First Aid and Athletic Injuries (3)
  • PE 345: Psychology and Philosophy of Coaching (3)
  • PE 400: Kinesiology (3)
  • PE 401: Exercise Physiology (3)
  • PE 430: Organizational Administration of PE, Intramurals and Intercollegiate Sports (3)

Upper-division courses

  • ED 437: Methods of Teaching Intermediate Literacy  -OR-  ED 468 Secondary Literacy (3)
  • ED 438: Literature for Children and Young Adults (3)
  • ED 474: Methods of Teaching Primary Literacy (3)
  • ED 475: Reader-Writer Workshop (3)
  • ED 477: Reading Diagnosis (3)
  • ED 479: Reading Practicum (3)
  • ED 481: Issues and Trends in Literacy Instruction (3)

Upper-division courses (21 credit hours)

  • SED 359: Introduction to Exceptionality (3)
  • SED 461: Instructional Methods of Exceptional Learners (3)
  • SED 463: Management Strategies for Exceptional Learners (3)
  • SED 465: Transition to Adulthood for Exceptional Learners (3)
  • SED 466: Assessment in Exceptional Learners (3)
  • SED 467: Legal Issues and the IFSP/IEP (3)
  • SED 469: Seminar and Practicum in Special Education (3)

Minors in Education at a Glance

Program Type
Main (Lacey)
Type of Instruction
In Person
College of Education and Counseling
What can I do with this major?
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Transformative outcomes

Career paths

  • Activities director
  • Management in education related areas
  • Training or professional development
  • Community Involvement
  • Staff member in non-profit organizations
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College of Education and Counseling

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!