The STAR program is an accelerated option for our teaching certificate program for middle and high school with an available optional Master's degree route. This program is designed for students who already hold an undergraduate degree and who have at least one year of professionally oriented work experience.


In order to be considered for full and unconditional admission* to the STAR program applicants must meet the following requirements. Those wishing to combine the Master's in Teaching (MIT) and STAR program must also meet the standardized test requirement for the MIT program.

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited (or equivalent) college or university with an overall 3.0 undergraduate GPA or graduate coursework GPA (those not meeting these criteria may be admitted conditionally).
  • Applicants must have at least one year of professionally oriented work experience.
  • Moral character and personal fitness qualifications as adopted in the Washington Administrative Code for teachers.
  • Passing grade on all three tests of the West B.
  • Additional credits for endorsement competencies may be required, based on your transcript review.   
  • International students must submit proof of English proficiency in one of two ways: 
  1. An undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution where English is the language of instruction or
  2. An official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report (less than two years old) sent directly from the testing agency. For full admission we require a 79 IBT/213 CBT/550 PBT on the TOFEL or 6.5 band score on the academic version of the IELTS.

Those students who do not meet the minimum required English proficiency but are otherwise admissible will be conditionally admitted through our ESL program. 
Saint Martin's University is the sole judge of an applicant's English proficiency.

*Students not meeting these requirement will be considered for conditional admission. Saint Martin's University recognizes that while previous performance is a valuable indicator of potential success there are those who have demonstrated that potential in other ways than traditional academic performance.

The number of credit hours and course requirements for the STAR program depend on which option is chosen, either STAR - Certification only or STAR - Master's in Teaching (MIT).

STAR - Certification only 45 
STAR - MIT 50-54

In addition to these total required hours, the student may need to complete pre-requirements and/or endorsement courses. For the MIT option, the choice of thesis or non-thesis will impact the number of required credit hours.

Required courses

  • Pre-professional courses

    Pre-professional courses (if not completed as an undergraduate)

    Course numberCourse title
    ENG 101College writing I
    ENG 102College writing II
    SPH 106Public address
    PSY 101Introduction to psychology
    MTH 110Mathematics and modern culture
  • STAR with MIT

    Must be taken at the graduate level. (50-54 semester hours):

    Course numberCourse title
    MED 506xCurriculum and instruction (2)
    MED 570xClassroom assessment (2)
    MED 582xReading assessment (1)
    MED 583xIssues of abuse (1)
    MED 586xMiddle level methods (3)
    MED 560xClassroom management (2)
    MED 571xEd Law (1)
    MED 526xLanguage acquisition methods (3)
    MED 584xSecondary methods (3)
    MED 585xContent area reading (1)
    MED 512xTechnology in the classroom (2)
    MED 598xStudent internship seminar (1)
    MED 559xIntroduction to exceptionality (2)
    MED 596xInternship (12)
     Thesis or non-thesis option (3-7)
  • STAR Certification Only

    Must be taken at the undergraduate level. (45 semester hours):

    Course numberCourse title
    ED 306xCurriculum and instruction (3)
    ED 370xClassroom assessment (3)
    ED 482xReading assessment (2)
    ED 383xIssues of abuse (2)
    ED 486xMiddle level methods (3)
    ED 360xClassroom management (3)
    ED 371xEd Law (3)
    ED 426xLanguage acquisition methods (3)
    ED 484xSecondary methods (3)
    ED 485xContent area reading (2)
    TED 312xTechnology in the classroom (3)
    ED 498xStudent internship seminar (1)
    ED 459xIntroduction to exceptionality (3)
    ED 496xInternship (12)

Competency-based endorsements

All students are required to complete two competency-based endorsements of approximately 30 or more semester hours each. Students can only be recommended for certification in the field of their major and in fields in which state requirements for added endorsements are met. Course requirements may be satisfied by:

  • Coursework completed with a 3.0 GPA or better at a regionally accredited, state-approved college or university;
  • Approved waiver documentation for previous life and/or work experience; and/or
  • Successfully passing the appropriate WEST-E exam.

Candidates secondary education (grades 5 to 12) must:

Have an academic major or equivalent (30 semester hour minimum) in the area in which they intend to be endorsed.

Authorized endorsements

Saint Martin's has been authorized by the Washington Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) to offer teacher certificate competency-based endorsements.

For a detailed explanation of all policies, procedures and requirements, students should consult the School of Education Graduate Handbook.

Program Schedule

Course delivery

Example of schedule of classes

ATTENTION: please note that additional classes will very likely be required, and this will vary for each student depending on what endorsement areas are chosen, what credit is transferred in, and what pre-professional courses are needed.

Classes are offered at 2 levels for varying credit hours. Cert-only students take the courses at the undergraduate level (300 or 400), MIT students take the courses at the graduate level (500 or 600)

  • Summer academy (8 weeks)
    Summer academy (8 weeks)
    ClassSTAR Cert-onlySTAR MIT
    Curriculum and instructionED 3063crMED 5062cr
    Classroom assessmentED 3603crMED 5702cr
    Reading assessmentED 4822crMED 5821cr
    Issues of abuseED 3832crMED 5831cr
    Middle level methodsED 3863crMED 5863cr
    Classroom managementED 3603crMED 5602cr
    Educational lawED 3712crMED 5711cr
    Language acquisition methodsED 4263crMED 5263cr
     subtotal21 15
    estimated cost
    ($420 credit hour - cert only)
    ($510 per credit hour - MIT)
    $8,820                $7,650
  • Fall semester/Spring semester
    Fall semester
    ClassCert-only MIT
    Secondary methodsED 4843crMED 5843cr
    Content area readingED 4852crMED 5851cr
    Technology in the classroomTED 3123crMED 5122cr
    Intro to exceptionalitySED 3593crMED 5592cr
    Spring semester
    Student intern seminarED 4991crMED 5981cr
    InternshipED 49612crMED 58612cr
     subtotal24 21
    estimated cost
    ($420 credit hour - cert only)
    ($510 per credit hour - MIT)
    $10,080 $11,220
    grand total45  
    STAR Cert-only total tuition
     (not including any endorsement or pre-req requirements)
  • STAR MIT - Remaining coursework following internship
    STAR MIT - Remaining coursework following internship
    Educational research methodsMED 6013cr
    Diversity and social contextMED 6053cr
    Foundations for educational practiceMED 6073cr
    Instructional strategies for exceptional learnersMED 5612cr
    Thesis or non-thesis exit option 3-7cr
    subtotal14 - 18
    grand total50 - 54
    STAR MIT total tuition (not including any endorsement or pre-req requirements)$25,500-$27,540

Financial aid and scholarships

Student measuring weight on scale

Federal aid

Federal financial aid is available for graduate students who will be enrolled at least half time and are citizens, or eligible non-citizens, of the USA. Most federal aid for graduate students is in the form of direct loans. 

For more details about federal aid eligibility and the different types of aid available for graduate and professional studies visit:

Student presenting lecture to class

Graduate teaching and research assistantships

Saint Martin’s University offers a limited number of Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships to graduate students. Contact Bailey Craft, director of graduate studies, for more information at 360-438-6142.

The Saint Martin's University Catholic school special tuition program will provide a 50 percent occupational special tuition to full-time religious and lay teachers, and principals and paraprofessionals of Catholic schools which are under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Seattle. This special tuition will apply to students accepted to any College of Education program. Individuals who are employed on a part-time basis will not be eligible for the program.

Student presenting lecture to class

To be eligible for the above special tuition, individuals must be fully accepted into the undergraduate teacher education program, the certification-only program, the Master in Teaching Program or the Master of Education Program. Please note that the special tuition for each semester (including summer) is based on the University academic year tuition rate.

Saint Martin's University reserves the right to limit the number of Catholic school special tuition program participants in any particular course or program. It is understood that students will be admitted on a "space available" basis. It is likewise understood that this tuition grant program is not retroactive.


  • How long does the STAR program take?

    The length of the program will depend on how much transferable coursework students bring in from their undergraduate degrees towards their endorsement areas. For certification-only, the program can take as little as one year, for the MIT option, the program can be completed as quickly as a year and a half (again, depending on endorsement requirements and undergraduate coursework transferability).

  • What is the class size?

    Classes are purposely kept small (typically between 10 to 15 students) so that students can engage in collaborative learning activities with their colleagues and instructors can offer strong support for students’ success.

  • Is the program accredited?

    Saint Martin's University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board recently reviewed Saint Martin’s University and granted full approval of five years.