Saint Martin's sets information sessions for Alternative Teacher
Jan. 9, 2006
Lacey, Wash. – Saint Martin’s University is offering
information sessions on the Secondary Teacher Alternate Route (STAR)
Program at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 and Feb. 6. The meetings are geared toward
people interested in an intensive alternative route to become a
secondary school teacher in Washington. Both meetings will be at the
university’s Worthington Conference Center, 5300 Pacific Ave. S.E.
The STAR Program is designed for people who already
have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or
university and have five years of professionally oriented work
experience, said education faculty member Ann Gentle, Ph.D., the
The one-year program includes the classes and
internship necessary to prepare successful participants for Washington
State teacher certification. A $5,000 conditional loan scholarship is
available to those participants who elect to work in a “high needs”
academic area. These are teacher shortage areas that are geographically
related or subject-related, such as math, music, science, special
education, English as a second language, or Japanese.
Each meeting will cover information about entry
requirements, how the program works, the required classes and
internships, financial information and teacher certification.
Applications for the program will be accepted
beginning Feb. 6 and will be considered in the order received until the
program is filled. Participants pursuing special education certification
may begin classes as early as Jan. 17. Others selected for the program
will begin classes June 19th.
Further information about the STAR Program is
available from the Saint Martin’s University education division, (360)
438-4333, or from Gentle, (360) 438-4566;
For more information:
Ann Gentle, Ph.D.
STAR Program coordinator
media relations coordinator
Saint Martin’s Office of Communication & Marketing