Saint Martin's info sessions for alternate route to Teacher
November 16, 2009
Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University will
host information sessions on the Secondary Teacher Alternate Route
(STAR) Program at 6:30 p.m. on November 30, December 14, January 14, and
February 3 at the University’s Norman Worthington Conference Center in
Lacey. Saint Martin’s STAR Program provides working professionals with
an intensive alternative route to becoming a secondary school teacher in
The STAR program is designed for individuals who
already have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited college
or university and have one year of professionally oriented work
"Students enter the program equipped with valuable
professional experience, eager to take on the challenges of teaching,"
explains Ann Gentle, Ph.D., program director and faculty member in the
University’s College of Education. "After just one year, they are ready
to enter the classroom with teacher certification and two endorsement
The one-year program includes coursework and an
internship to prepare participants for Washington state teacher
certification. Conditional loan scholarships of up to $8,000 are
available to those participants who elect to work in a "high needs"
academic area, such as math, science, special education, or English
language learner (ELL).
The information sessions will address entry
requirements, program details, required classes and internships,
financial information and teacher certification. Applications for the
STAR program will be accepted beginning in January 2010 The cohort
program classes begin June 2010.
Further information regarding the STAR Program is
available from the College of Education at (360) 438-4333 or from Ann
Gentle, Ph.D. at (360) 438-4566 or
Saint Martin’s University is an independent
four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre
wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic
Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine
colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only
one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares
students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate
programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering.
Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious
backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension
campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base,
Olympic College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.
For additional information:
Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of Communications & Marketing
Saint Martin’s University