Secondary Teacher Alternate Route Program for middle school and high
Program overview–updated: October 2012
The South Sound Consortium partnership is seeking to enroll
individuals with baccalaureate degrees and unique qualifications*
who are seeking an alternate route to teacher certification.
Candidates for teacher certification in this alternative route work
with mentors in a middle school or high school and take courses
designed to meet their needs through a state approved teacher
education program. The nature of these courses varies depending upon
the needs of the candidate and the requirements and expectations of
both the district and the university. All candidates must meet all
standards established by the state of Washington for residency
certification and all standards established by Saint Martin’s
University for program completion.
*Unique qualifications may include: non-certificated district
employees of school districts who hold bachelor’s degrees (or
higher) and who are seeking residency certification and
endorsement in an area with shortages and/or professionals who
have bachelor’s degrees (or higher) in content areas that could
lead to endorsement in a district-specific shortage area.
Districts generally give priority to individuals who are seeking
residency teacher certification in endorsements in the following
areas: math, biology, chemistry, general science, middle level
math or science, ESL/ELL, bilingual education, special
education, or in subject matter shortages due to geographic
The university will do a careful review of each applicant’s
background and transcripts. The minimum number of candidates for
the program is 15; the maximum to be accepted is 25. In the
event minimum enrollment goals are not met, the College of
Education reserves the right to cancel the Secondary Teacher
Alternate Route (STAR) Program.
Cohorts of candidates for this program shall attend an intensive
summer teaching academy (June 17 through August) followed by an
unpaid full academic-year mentored internship in a district
(approximately September 1, 2013 through May 2014).
Candidates agree to register for a minimum of
45 semester credits in the certification-only program or 36
semester credits in the MIT Program.
Additional credits may be needed for endorsement competencies
based on transcript review. Tuition for the summer academy
(pending the budgetary process) will be $380 per semester
credit. Tuition for the remaining program will be $400 per
semester credit. Program fees will total $235. Books are in
addition to tuition and fees. Candidates will earn credits in
- through regular course enrollment during the summer
- through modular learning opportunities throughout
the program year and
- through credit earned by evaluation of documentation
of previous life experience.
Tuition for the 45 credits will be $17,580 with program fees of $235,
totaling $17,815. The MIT tuition will be $14,120 with program fees of
$235, totaling $14,355 for certification. An additional 12-14 credits
will be needed later to complete the master's degree in teaching. These
fees are estimates based on the best information available at this date.
In previous years, the legislature, through the Professional
Educators Standards Board, has approved a conditional loan
scholarship for successful applicants seeking endorsements in
high needs areas, however, this is uncertain for next year.
Tuition and fees will need to be paid prior to each term by the
candidate, regardless of any loan scholarship possibilities.
Loans and scholarships are awarded directly to the participants.
The funding of the scholarship is dependent upon state budget
Candidate entry requirements:
- Candidates must have a minimum of one year experience in the
- Candidates must have a baccalaureate degree from a
regionally accredited institution of higher education. The
individual’s cumulative (or a recent 12 semester credits’) grade
point average must be 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
- Candidates must successfully pass all three parts of the
statewide basic skills exams (West B), and one West E subject
area exam in a high needs area prior to receiving the
conditional loan scholarship, if one is offered by the State.
Saint Martin’s requires two endorsement areas completed prior to
- Candidates must complete and submit the Saint Martin’s
University College of Education STAR and teacher certification
application packets, including three letters of reference, state
and university forms, and an on-site essay.
- Candidates must meet the age, good moral character, and
personal fitness requirements adopted in the Washington
Administrative Code for teachers.
It is possible to integrate the STAR Program with a Master in
Teaching (MIT) degree at a substantial cost savings. Candidates
who wish to pursue the graduate degree would apply for both
programs at the same time.
Application deadlines and important dates:
||Special Education applicants need to submit materials
and be accepted one year in advance. Meet with Dr. Cynthia
Petersen for a formal transcript evaluation to determine
|January 3, 2013 and after
||Application materials may be submitted to Saint Martin's
University, College of Education. Applications will be
received until positions are filled.
||Acceptance interviews, waiting list determined
||Acceptances are completed
||Orientation and intensive summer academy begin