Time for a career switch? Get information on Saint Martin’s one-year teacher
Nov. 19, 2010
Lacey, Washington — Information sessions begin Dec.
1 for the Saint Martin’s University Secondary Teacher
Alternate Route Program (STAR), an intensive one-year
program that prepares working professionals to teach in
Washington state middle schools and high schools. STAR
Program sessions also will be given Jan. 12, Feb. 9 and
March 7. All sessions are at 6:30 p.m. at the
University’s Norman Worthington Conference Center, 5300
Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey.
Designed for individuals who already have an
undergraduate degree from an accredited college or
university and at least one year of professionally
oriented work experience, the program provides an
efficient means to begin a teaching career in the state,
says Program Director Ann Gentle, Ph.D., a faculty
member in the University’s College of Education and
"Students enter the STAR Program equipped with valuable professional
experience, eager to take on the challenges of teaching," she said. "After just
one year, they are ready to enter the classroom with teacher certification and
two endorsement areas."
Information sessions will address entry requirements, program details,
required classes and internships, financial information and Washington’s teacher
The university will begin accepting applications for the cohort-style program
in January. Individuals accepted will start classes in June 2011.
Pending legislative decisions, conditional loan scholarships of up to $8,000
may be 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), Gentle said.
Further information about the STAR Program is available from the University’s
College of Education and Professional Psychology, (360) 438-4333, or from
Gentle, (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 is 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.