If you dream of sharpening and developing the minds of future leaders in the classroom, secondary ed may be the best major for you. Our secondary education program offers students a path to teaching at the middle/high school level, typically grades four through 12, to acquire a teaching certificate from the state of Washington.

Why Saint Martin's University

The Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education prepares you to become an integral part of our dynamic, inclusive and compassionate community of teaching professionals. We strive to use our knowledge, skills and dispositions to positively transform the lives of the students we serve.

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Secondary ed program highlights

  • 97 percent of our graduates find teaching jobs after graduation
  • National accreditation and approved by the Washington Professional Educators Standards Board (PESB)
  • Faculty members are professional educators with extensive, contemporary, real-world experience and work closely with their students
  • Top employers includes public schools in Washington, Hawaii and California
  • Course selections offer a wide spectrum of choice and flexibility
  • Students participate in internships and network with local teachers and principals

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

“Because of what I've learned at Saint Martin’s, I approach the classroom with a more open mind, taking into account that I don't know students' situations at home. I learned, especially from Dr. Boyer and Dr. de Souza, how important it is for your students to first know how much you care.”
Mariah Partin '18
Secondary education minor



Before commencement, you participate in a semester-long supervised student teaching internship to help you launch a successful teaching career.

Saint Martin's matches you with a local school to get hands-on experience:

  • planning and teaching lessons
  • managing the classroom 
  • preparing for your teacher certification exam

... all under the guidance of a mentor teacher!

Study abroad

Study abroad opportunities open doors to teaching internationally.

“I learned about differentiated learning and culturally responsive teaching to help engage students."

Mariah Partin '18
Residence teacher
Branksome Hall Asia
Seogwipo, South Korea

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The secondary ed major prepares you for advanced study and/or teaching careers (grades four through 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

Top employers includes public schools in Washington, Hawaii and California.

Who to Contact

McKenna Johnson

McKenna Johnson

Education Student Support Coordinator,
Education Admissions and Advising,

Secondary ed 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.


  • University core requirements
  • 33-35 semester hours of pre-professional courses
  • 22 semester hours of certification core requirements
  • 13 semester hours of secondary methods requirements
  • 12 semester hours for internship requirement

2020-2021 academic catalog

Popular education courses

  • Diversity in educational systems
  • Technology for the classroom
  • Educational law and issues of abuse
  • Issues and trends in English language learners and bilingual education 
  • Secondary literacy
  • Arts and movement
  • Philosophy of reading instruction

Saint stories

Photo of Bethany Partin '03 and Mariah Partin '18

Teaching with heart

"I think Saint Martin’s helps you grow into the person you thought it wasn’t quite possible to be. When you look back, you think, wow, they helped me discover myself."

Bethany Partin and Mariah Partin Class of 2003 and 2018

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