Information session will detail Saint Martin’s one-year program for becoming certified Washington teacher

March 2, 2011

LACEY, WASHINGTON — The final information session this year for Saint Martin’s University’s 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, will be March 7. The session will be at 6:30 p.m. at the University’s Norman Worthington Conference Center, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey.

Saint Martin’s University has begun accepting applications for the cohort-style program. Individuals accepted to the program will start classes this June.

Designed for individuals who already have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university and at least one year of professional work experience, the program provides an efficient, streamlined method to begin a teaching career in the state, says STAR Program Director Ann Gentle, Ph.D. Gentle is a faculty member in the University’s College of Education and Professional Psychology.

“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 certification process.

Pending legislative decisions, conditional loan scholarships of up to $8,000 may be available to those participants who elect to work in an academic area designated as “high needs” by the state government. These often include subjects such as math, science, special education or English language learner (ELL), where qualified teachers are in short supply, Gentle said.

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 22 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 extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.

For further information:

Ann Gentle, Ph.D.
College of Education and Professional Psychology

Jennifer Fellinger
Vice President, Marketing and Communications