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 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.

The university is now accepting applications for the cohort-style program. Individuals accepted will start classes in June 2011.

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 said.

For more information:

Ann Gentle, Ph.D.
360-438-4566 or

University’s College of Education and
Professional Psychology