Saint Martin’s sets information sessions for Alternative
Teacher Certification Program
March 7, 2007
Lacey, Wash. – Saint Martin’s University is offering
an information session on the Secondary Teacher Alternate Route (STAR)
Program at 7 p.m. March 26 at the University’s Norman Worthington
Center, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE. The meeting is geared toward people
interested in an intensive alternative route to become a secondary
school teacher in Washington.
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
The one-year program includes the classes and
internship necessary to prepare participants for Washington State
teacher certification. An $8,000 conditional loan scholarship 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, music, science, special
education, English as a second language, or Japanese.
The meeting will cover information about entry
requirements, how the program works, the required classes and
internships, financial information and teacher certification.
Applications for the program are being accepted and
will be considered in the order received until the program is filled.
Most participants will begin classes June 18, 2007.
Further information regarding the STAR Program is
available from the Saint Martin’s University College of Education, 360-438-4333, or from Ann Gentle, Ph.D., 360-438-4566;
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. A
Catholic, Benedictine university, Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,100 students
from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey, Washington main
campus, and 600 more to three extension campuses.
For additional information:
Interim communication director
Saint Martin’s University