College among first in state to offer teachers new program

Monday, August 27, 2001

Lacey, Wash. - As early as this fall, teachers may begin enrolling in courses at Saint Martin's College to receive their professional certification.

The college's board of trustees recently approved the addition of the professional certification program to the education division, making the college one of the first in the area to offer the state-required program.

The proposal for the program came in response to the State Board of Education and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction requirement for the revised second level teacher certificate. The state of Washington is the only known state to put into law that teacher performance will be judged by his/her impact on student learning.

The program includes two new courses and will utilize all other graduate level education courses currently offered. The program will include a certification-only program as well as a master's of education program.

Saint Martin's currently graduates about 3 percent of the state's teacher supply per year. The state-wide need for professional certification programs will involve more than 9,000 teachers per year within the next five years.

Saint Martin's College is a four-year Roman Catholic, coeducational college. It offers liberal arts-based programs leading to associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees at its main campus near Olympia as well as its Fort Lewis Army Post and McChord Air Force Base extension campuses. The education division offers majors in elementary and secondary education as well as minors in physical education, technology education, education, reading and special education. Teaching certificate programs are offered in initial elementary education and initial secondary education. Founded in 1895 by the Catholic Benedictine Order, the college stresses educational excellence, community, hospitality and a commitment to service.

For more information:
Christina Ramírez-Milhoan, communications specialist
Saint Martin's College Office of Communication 360-438-4541 or