Elementary Education

Saint Martin's University
Program overview
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Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
28 August 2023

08 January 2024

About this program

Elementary Education

Looking for a career that empowers you to shape and instill the love of learning in future generations? Elementary education may be the best major for you.

Why Saint Martin's University

The elementary education program at Saint Martin’s explores the field of elementary education for the purposes of advanced study in pursuit of a residency teaching certification with a primary endorsement in elementary education (kindergarten-8) by the state of Washington. The program is offered as a major at the undergraduate level, and a pathway to certification at both the post-baccalaureate and master's levels.

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 percent 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

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Program content

Students must apply to the College of Education and Counseling's elementary education program before taking any education courses at the 300 level and up. 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 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 registering for any Saint Martin's courses.

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


  • 33-35 semester hours of required pre-professional courses (some courses overlap with University core requirements)
  • 22 semester hours of certificate core courses
  • 25 semester hours elementary methods course
  • 12 semester hours of internship courses

For more information about requirements, please visit the university website.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information


  • Tuition fee on campus is $41,660
  • Tuition fee off campus is $41,660

Career paths

The elementary education major prepares graduates for teaching careers (preschool-eight) in a variety of environments including:

  • Public or private elementary schools
  • Day care centers
  • Pre-school
  • Private tutoring
  • Military elementary schools

Graduates are also prepared for advanced study in the field of education.

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Saint Martin's University

5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, Washington 98503
United States of America (USA)

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