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
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

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.

Licensure Endorsement Programs

Professional Education Coursework for K-6, 6-12 and P-12 licensure programs

What Can I Do With This Degree?

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

Sample Courses

Program Completer Data:

Assessments required for state licensure

  • 100% pass rate on the Kansas Performance Teaching Portfolio (KPTP), since 2011
  • 98% pass rate on PRAXIS II Principles of Teaching and Learning (PLT) exam, since 2004
  • 95% pass rate on PRAXIS II Content Area state licensure exams, since 2004

Follow-up surveys (since 2004)

  • 100% satisfaction rating from clinical teachers
  • 99% satisfaction rating from cooperating teachers
  • 97% satisfaction rating from alumni (1, 3, and 5-years after graduation)
  • 96% satisfaction rating from employers (1, 3, and 5-years after graduation) 

Graduation rates and information for 2012-2013

  • 100% program completers graduated within 5 years
  • 84% program completers graduated within 4 years
  • 3.4 average overall GPA at graduation
  • 3.6 average professional education GPA at graduation

Job placement rate for 2012-2013

  • 90% program completers working in the field of education (based on available data)

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Dr. Terri Gaeddert
Chair of the Education Department;
STEP Director and Licensure Officer;
Associate Professor of Education; Associate Dean
Frank Leone
Assistant Professor of Education
Gidget Dinkel
Instructor of Education
Rachel Wannamaker
Assistant Professor of Education