Sterling Teacher Education Program (STEP)
Sterling College in Kansas offers a teacher education program called STEP (Sterling Teacher Education Program) both in house and online for those students who wish to take advantage of a more flexible schedule. This program is taught via licensed educators with classroom experience. This program offers skills and techniques in management, lesson planning, and other methods of instruction. If a student is using this as a continuing education program because they already posses a bachelor’s degree, then the student can take advantage of the course work offered by the professional studies program at Sterling College, which can lead to licensure in many areas. The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the National Council for Accreditation and Teacher Education, both accredit this program.
The STEP program offers different courses of study that a student can shape to meet their particular vocational pursuit. For example, a teacher who has already gained licensing in Kansas, can add on an endorsement in adaptive special education. This adaptation means that the teacher is equipped to teach children with mild / moderate intellectual disabilities, mild / moderate emotional disturbances, high functioning autism spectrum disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and other kinds of learning disabilities. The Elementary Education course of study prepares its students to obtain Kindergarten through sixth grade licensure. The Professional Studies program is for students whom have already obtained their bachelor’s degree, but who wish to pursue licensure in grades six through twelve.
A student can use STEP to gain licensure in the following: Art (PreK – 12), Biology (6 – 12), Chemistry (6 – 12), Communication and Theatre Arts (6 – 12), Elementary Education K – 6), English (6 – 12), History and Government ((6 – 12), Mathematics ((6 – 12), Music (PreK – 12), Physical Education and Health (PreK – 12), and Adaptive Special Education (K-6 or 6-12). Financial Aid options are available for prospective students who wish to enroll in this degree program. Sterling College also offers a Guaranteed Admission Advantage for students who are transferring into the program with an associate degree from an accredited institution.
Degree Level: Bachelor Completion
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
This degree involves Kansas State Licensing
Students first studied liberal arts, education, and business at Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas in the late nineteenth century. The college opened as Cooper Memorial College in 1887, named after a respected leader of the Presbyterian Church. In 1919, the school’s president, Dr. Turner, changed the name to Sterling College so he would not have to repeatedly inform people of its location. Though the name changed, the vision did not and the private, not-for-profit Sterling College continues to educate students while placing an emphasis on the Christian faith.
Sterling is a Christian liberal arts college offering a variety of bachelor's degrees, many of which can be earned online. Students completing online courses take classes that mirror those of on-campus degrees.
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