Saint Martin's Sets Information Session for Alternative Teacher
Nov. 1, 2004
Lacey, Wash. – Saint Martin’s College is offering information sessions on the
Secondary Teacher Alternate Route (STAR) Program at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 15.
The meetings, geared toward people interested in an intensive alternative route
to become a secondary school teacher in Washington, will be at the college’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 program’s coordinator. The one-year program includes the
classes and internship necessary to prepare successful participants for
Washington State teacher certification. An $8,000 grant or loan 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, science, special education or a foreign language.
Both meetings will cover information about entry requirements, how the
program works, the required classes and internships, financial information and
Applications for the program will be accepted beginning Jan. 5 and will be
considered in the order received until the program is filled. Participants
pursuing special education certification will need to begin classes Jan. 11.
Others selected for the program will begin classes July 5.
Further information about the STAR Program is available from the Saint
Martin’s College education division, (360) 438-4333, or from Gentle, (360)
For more information:
Ann Gentle, Ph.D.
STAR Program coordinator
Office of Communication