Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
Saint Martin’s University
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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
- University core requirements
- 33-35 credit hours of required pre-professional courses (some courses overlap with University core requirements)
- 22 credit hours of certificate core courses
- 25 credit hours elementary methods course
- 12 credit hours of internship courses
In addition to getting an endorsement in elementary education, students must complete at least one additional endorsement. This is required of all of our students at every level.
To receive a P-8 endorsement, a candidate must complete all required courses and be verified for program completion for a residency teaching certificate with an endorsement in elementary education, including passing state required exams.
In addition to the elementary education endorsement in, candidates are required to complete at least one additional endorsement in a second endorsable area. The additional endorsement may be earned either at Saint Martin's University or elsewhere. Depending on the endorsement area, and with careful planning, this second endorsement may require only 14 or 15 credit hours.
- Public or private elementary schools
- Day care centers
- Private tutoring
- Military elementary schools
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