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Secondary Ed B.A. Program Highlights

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Earn your B.A. in Secondary Education

Our Secondary Education program offers students a path to teaching at the middle/high school level, typically grades 4-12, to acquire a teaching certificate from the state of Washington.

Already have a bachelor's degree and pursuing secondary teacher certification? Learn more about our secondary teacher certification program.

  • 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.

    Additional benefits include:

    • 97% of our graduates find teaching jobs after graduation
    • National accreditation
    • Approved by the Washington Professional Educators Standards Board (PESB)
    • Study abroad opportunities open doors to teaching internationally
    • 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 major 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
    • Curriculum coordinator for school districts, museums or libraries

B.A. Program Requirements

Students must apply to the 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 main office in Old Main, room 476.

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

  • Pre-professional courses (45-35 credits)

    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.

    Course numberCourse name
    ENG 101College Writing I
    ENG 102College Writing II
    MTH 110 or higherCollege level algebra
    PSY 101Introduction to Psychology
    HISWorld History
    HISU.S. History
    COM 106Public Address or (GEC) THR 211 Acting I
    SOC 396Intercultural Communications or ED 202 Diversity in Education Systems
    ED 204Introduction to Education
    ED/PSY 205Child and Adolescent Development
    SCINatural science with lab


  • Education core (22 credits)
    Course numberCourse name
    ED 304Directed Practicum Level I
    ED 306Curriculum and Instruction
    ED 312Classroom Technology
    ED 359Introduction to Exeptionality
    ED 360Classroom Management
    ED 362Educational Law and Issues of Abuse
    ED 426Methods of Teaching Language Acquisition
    ED 470Classroom Assessment


  • Secondary education (13 credits)
    Course numberCourse name
    ED 408Directed Practicum Level II
    ED 461Instructional Methods of Exceptional Learners
    ED 468Secondary Literacy
    ED 484Secondary Methods
    ED 487Secondary Methods Practicum/Seminar