Saint Martin's offers a variety of master's and bachelor's degree programs designed  to meet the needs of our non-traditional students. Whether you want to upgrade your skills, dive into a new field or explore your potential, Saint Martin's Extended Learning Division can help. From bachelor's degrees to professional certification, we provide our students with the tools to succeed in today's changing economic climate.

Programs available at the extension campuses

We offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs, teaching certification programs and the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) at JBLM and our main Lacey campus. Discover the program that fits your life and location.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord

The following undergraduate, graduate and certification programs are available at JBLM:

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Teacher education and certification programs

We offer the following certification and degree programs in the field of education:

  • *Master in Teaching (MIT) - Masters plus teacher certification program
    About the program

    For people who have earned a previous bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree and wish to enter the teaching profession, Saint Martin’s University offers the Master in Teaching (MIT) at the extension campuses of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and Clover Park as well as at Centralia Community College. The program is designed to meet the requirements for residency certification by the state of Washington along with a masters degree. It meets certification requirements for those who wish to teach at the elementary, or middle and high school levels as well as providing Graduate Core classes for the Masters degree. There is a minimum of two endorsements required for either the elementary or secondary program.

    A candidate accepted into the MIT program at JBLM can begin coursework any term and progress at her or his own pace. Terms are eight weeks long. Courses are usually from 5 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. or from 7:50 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. two nights a week (either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday). Some classes are available Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition, selected classes may be available online. Each course in the program is offered at least once a year and many courses are offered twice a year to give students flexibility in planning. Some classes are available Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Selected classes may be available online. Courses for the graduate core may be taken at either the Lacey campus or at the JBLM extension.

    After finishing all other coursework in the program, the student must complete a student teaching internship. Internships are 16 weeks in length and can start in either August or January. Student interns work days, fulltime and are unpaid. To be accepted to the program, the individual must have demonstrated academic ability, broad liberal arts preparation, a major field of study acceptable for K-12 school teaching and realistic career plans.

    For more information please visit the Master in Teaching Program.

  • **Master of Education (MED) - JBLM/Clover Park
    About the program

    For people who have earned a previous bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree and are certified teachers who want to pursue an advanced degree in special education, Saint Martin’s University offers the Master of Education at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and Clover Park.

    The program leads to a masters degree and is designed to meet the requirements for a special education endorsement in the state of Washington. It provides masters core classes at the JBLM extension and special education subject classes at the Clover Park extension.

    To be accepted to the program, the individual must have demonstrated academic ability, certification as a teacher, and realistic career plans. (If you are seeking initial certification in a masters capacity, please see MIT information.)

    A candidate accepted into the MED program can begin coursework any term and progress at her or his own pace. JBLM terms are eight weeks long. Courses are usually from 5 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. or from 7:50 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. two nights a week (either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday). Clover Park terms are 16 weeks long and usually meet one night per week. Some classes are available Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additionally, selected classes may be available online. Each course in the program is offered at least once a year and many courses are offered twice a year to give students flexibility in planning.

    For more information please visit the Master of Education Program.

  • ***Post-baccalaureate teacher certification program
    About the program

    For people who have earned a previous bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree and wish to enter the teaching profession, Saint Martin’s University offers a teacher certification program at the extension campuses of Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base (JBLM) and Centralia College. The program is designed to meet the requirements for residency certification by the state of Washington. It provides elementary certification classes at the McChord AFB extension and Centralia College extension, and secondary certification classes at the Fort Lewis Army extension for those who wish to teach at the middle and high school levels. There is a minimum of two endorsements required for either the elementary or secondary program.

    To be accepted to the program, the individual must have demonstrated academic ability, broad liberal arts preparation, a major field of study acceptable for K-12 school teaching and realistic career plans.

    A candidate accepted into the teacher certification program can begin coursework any term and progress at their own pace. Terms are eight weeks long. Courses are usually from 5 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. or from 7:50 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. two nights a week (either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday). Some classes are available Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Each course in the program is offered at least once a year and many are offered twice a year to give students flexibility in planning. After finishing all other coursework in the program, the student must complete a student teaching internship. Internships are 16 weeks in length and can start in either August or January. Student interns work days, fulltime and are unpaid.

    Applying for the program

    To be considered for candidacy in the teacher certification program, individuals must submit the following materials, fees and forms:

    • Teacher certification program application plus $35 processing fee
    • On-site essay
    • Character and fitness supplement
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • State of Washington institutional application
    • Institutional application attachment form
    • WEST-B test
    • First aid/CPR card
    • Color photo
    • Student contact sheet
    • Oath of confidentiality
    • Washington State Patrol/FBI fingerprint background check sheet
    • Valid fingerprints (within the last two years)

    The on-site essay may be taken at the College of Education office at the Lacey campus. Please call 360-438-4333 for office hours or to request an appointment.

    A final acceptance interview will be scheduled by the administrative assistant when all completed application materials are received.

    The fingerprint check required by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction must be submitted to the Washington State Patrol/FBI before acceptance into the program.

    Preprogram requirements

    • Baccalaureate degree
    • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale

    The teacher certification program is designed for people who have at least one baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Any previous coursework grade below a “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) will not be accepted.

    Required pre-professional courses

    Before beginning core program courses, students must take the following required courses or challenge them through evaluation of previous coursework, experience or testing:

    • English composition I and II
    • Mathematics 101 or higher
    • Introduction to psychology
    • Child and adolescent development
    • Speech or public address
    • Basic computer skills
    • Intercultural communications
    • Introduction to education
    • Natural science with a lab (elementary only)
    • U.S. history (elementary only)

    Basic core courses

    Thirty-two credits of basic coursework are required for either the elementary or secondary certification programs. Student/intern teachers also must have completed coursework for two subject-area endorsements. The elementary certification includes an elementary endorsement and is considered one of two required endorsements. Requirements for current Washington state endorsement areas are available through this office.

    Required education courses (32 credits)

    Course numberCourse title
    ED 306Curriculum and instruction
    TED 312Technology for the classroom
    SED 359Introduction to exceptionality
    ED 360Classroom management
    ED 370Classroom assessment
    ED 371Educational law
    ED 383Issues of abuse/Teacher as counselor
    ED 496AStudent teaching/internship
    ED 496BStudent teaching/internship, continued
    ED 498/9Student teaching/internship seminar

    Elementary certification courses (25 credits)

    Course numberCourse title
    ED 411Methods of teaching math
    ED 415Methods of teaching science
    ED 418Methods of teaching social studies
    ED 419Methods of teaching language arts
    ED 429Arts and movement
    ED 438Literature for children and young adults
    ED 474Primary reading/writing instruction
    ED 476Content-area reading for elementary teachers

    Secondary certification courses (8-11 credits)

    Course numberCourse title
    ED 482Reading assessment and intervention for secondary teachers
    ED 484Secondary methods
    ED 485Content area reading for secondary teachers
    ED 487Secondary methods practicum/seminar
    ED 486Living and learning in the middle school