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College of Education and Counseling Psychology
Saint Martin's University
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503-7500
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Secondary Education Program (Certification)
What is the Secondary Education Program?
The Secondary Education Program offers teaching certification with a primary
endorsement in secondary education (grades 4-12) from the state of Washington.
Candidates for secondary program verification are required to have an
academic major in the area in which they intend to be endorsed. Saint Martin's
is authorized to verify its graduates for teaching endorsements in secondary
schools (grades 4-12) in the following academic majors:
- Social studies
Why study secondary education 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
What is required?
To insure proper sequencing of courses, students planning to enter the
program must consult an advisor* from the College of Education prior to taking
courses at the University.
- 30-60 semester hours of certificate endorsement/academic major
- 24-25 semester hours of required pre-professional courses
- 42 semester hours of core courses
In addition to getting an endorsement in the student's major, at least one
endorsement is required.
For a complete breakdown of writing minor requirements, visit the undergraduate academic catalog.
All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's
general education requirements.
What can I do with this major?
The secondary education teaching certification prepares graduates for
advanced study and/or teaching careers (grades 4-12) in a variety of
- Public or private schools
- Tutoring and learning centers
- Overseas schools for military dependents
For a complete list of professional applications,
whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint
Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit
our Career Center.
Related fields of study
Elementary education (M.) | Educational studies
(M.) | Special education (M., m.) | Minors in education