Washington teacher certification in one year: Learn more
about Saint Martin’s STAR program
January 28, 2011
Lacey, Washington — Information sessions for the Saint
Martin’s University Secondary Teacher Alternate Route Program
(STAR) will be given Feb. 9 and March 7 at the University. The
STAR Program is an intensive one-year course of study that
prepares working professionals to teach in Washington state
middle schools and high schools. Sessions will be at 6:30 p.m.
at the University’s Norman Worthington Conference Center, 5300
Pacific Ave. SE.
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 Professional
"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
Information sessions will address entry requirements, program
details, required classes and internships, financial information
and Washington’s teacher certification process.
The university is now accepting applications for the
cohort-style program. Individuals accepted will start classes in
Pending legislative decisions, conditional loan scholarships
of up to $8,000 may be available to participants who elect to
work in a "high needs" academic area, such as math, science,
special education or English language learner (ELL), Gentle
For more information:
Ann Gentle, Ph.D.
University’s College of Education and