About the Program

The education department of Sterling College offers a major in elementary education and a professional studies curriculum for students who are seeking secondary education licensure to teach 6-12 and PreK-12 within major subject areas. The Sterling Teacher Education Program (STEP) is responsible for all education licensure programs offered through Sterling College. Education department faculty work with faculty from other departments to plan licensure programs that meet accreditation guidelines. STEP is currently accredited by:

  • Kansas State Department of Education
    • Elementary and Professional Studies Programs lead to Kansas Licensure

To view KSDE disclosures, click here.

In conjunction with an education endorsement, a student may seek a special education minor by taking coursework offered through the College's educational consortium, the Associated Colleges of Central Kansas.

To view the education department's 2019-2020 STEP handbook, click here.

Program Completer Data:

Assessments required for state licensure

  • Kansas Performance Teaching Portfolio (KPTP)
     pass rate for the past eight (8) years
  • PRAXIS II Principles of Teaching and Learning (PLT) exam
    100% pass rate for the past seven (7) years
  • PRAXIS II Content Area state licensure exam
     pass rate 2018-2019
    95% pass rate 2017-2018
    100% pass rate 2016-2017

Job placement rate 

  • 100% 2018-2019
  • 100% 2017-2018
  • 100% 2016-2017

Licensure Endorsement Programs

What Can I Do With This Degree?

  • Teach elementary, secondary or
    PreK-12 with a content area major

Additional Information

Acceptance to STEP Requirements

  • Option 1: ACT, Reading (22) and Math (22)
  • Option 2: SAT, Reading (544) and Math (533)
  • Option 3: Praxis CORE Test: Math (163), Reading (169) and Writing (165)
  • Option 4: Post Baccalaureate must pass Praxis II Content Test

Students will have until the end of the first year to meet one of the above options.
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Rachel Wannamaker
Assistant Professor of Education,
Chair of the Education Department


Dawn Eliserio
Assistant Professor of Education
Gidget Dinkel
Assistant Professor of Education