The Secondary Education Program offers students a path to teaching at the middle/high school level, typically grades 4-12, from the state of Washington. The program is offered as a minor at the undergraduate level, and a pathway to certification at both the post-baccalaureate and master's levels.

Program Highlights

  • What to expect at Saint Martin's

    The education programs at Saint Martin’s interweave with one another, providing students with a wide spectrum of choice and flexibility. From the outset, education students participate in in-depth school and practicum work allowing them to interact with local teachers and principals. Faculty are professional educators with extensive, contemporary, real-world experience. Their knowledge in the field of education is coupled with skills in counseling, creating a climate of compassionate rigor. Our reputation for excellence so precedes us that 97% of our graduates find teaching jobs after graduation.

    Additional benefits include:

    • National accreditation
    • Approved by the Washington State Board of Education
    • Study abroad opportunities open doors to teaching internationally
    • Two subject endorsements required to better prepare students for employability
    • A rigorous educational environment in which faculty members work closely with their students
    • Top employers includes public schools in Washington, Hawaii and California
  • Career paths

    The secondary education teaching certification prepares graduates for advanced study and/or teaching careers (grades 4-12) in a variety of environments:

    • Public or private schools
    • Tutoring and learning centers
    • Overseas schools for military dependents

    For a complete list of professional applications, visit "What Can I Do With This Major?". For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

Requirements

Students must apply to the College of Education and Counseling Psychology's Secondary Education program before taking any education courses at the 300 level and above. This is a Washington State requirement. Information on the application process can be obtained from the College of Education and Counseling Psychology main office in Old Main 476.

To insure proper sequencing of courses, students planning to enter the program must consult an advisor* from the College of Education and Counseling Psychology prior to taking courses at the University.

Students pursuing certification at the secondary level while also completing a bachelor's degree at Saint Martin's University must complete the following:

  • General Education Core (40-46 semester hours)
  • Endorsement/Academic Major (30-60 semester hours)
  • Pre-Professional Requirements (24 semester hours)
  • Certification Core Requirements (22 semester hours)
  • Secondary Methods Requirements (10 semester hours)
  • Internship Requirement (12 semester hours)

In addition to getting an endorsement in the student's major, at least one additional endorsement is required.

Students pursuing certification at the secondary level in the context of a graduate program or the post-baccalaureate certification-only route may already have met the endorsement and pre-professional course requirements. Any classes not covered during previous academic work will be required prior to the program or to certification as determined by the advisor during the pre-advising appointment that is part of the admission process.

  • Pre-Professional courses (24 semester hours)

    Students must complete the pre-professional course sequence prior to starting the Education Core requirements. Several pre-professional requirements overlap with the General Education Core requirements as set forth in the academic catalog. Courses noted as (GEC) meet General Education Core requirements as well as pre-professional requirements.

    • (GEC) ENG 101 College Writing I
    • (GEC) ENG 102 College Writing II
    • (GEC) MTH 201 Introduction to Statistics or higher level MTH course
    • (GEC) PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
    • COM 106 Public Address or (GEC) THR 211 Acting I
    • (GEC) SOC 396 Intercultural Communications -or- ED 202 Diversity in Education Systems
    • ED 204 Introduction to Education
    • ED 205 Child and Adolescent Development

    Students pursuing certification at the elementary level in the context of a graduate program or the post-baccalaureate certification-only route may already have met the endorsement and pre-professional course requirements. Any classes not covered during previous academic work will be required prior to the program or to certification as determined by the advisor during the pre-advising appointment that is part of the admission process.

  • Certification Core courses (22 semester hours)

    • ED 304 Directed Practicum Level I (1)
    • ED 306 Curriculum and Instruction (3)
    • ED 312 Classroom Technology (3)
    • SED 359 Introduction to Exceptionality (3)
    • ED 360 Classroom Management (3)
    • ED 362 Educational Law and Issues of Abuse (3)
    • ED 426 Methods of Teaching Language Acquisition (3)
    • ED 470 Classroom Assessment (3)

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