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Application Requirements for STEP

The Stanford Teacher Education (STEP) application process gives you the opportunity to display your full range of experience, education, and enthusiasm for teaching. We carefully review and consider every application. 

Applicants apply either to Elementary STEP or to Secondary STEP in one of the five subject areas for secondary certification: English, history/social science, math, science, or world languages.

The application for the 2022-2023 academic year is now closed. Applications for the STEP 2023-2024 cohort will open in October 2022.

Application process and elements

Please note that the coterminal application for current Stanford undergraduate students has slightly different requirements than those for outside applicants. Visit the coterminal application requirements page for more information. For questions or concerns contact Viviana Alcazar.

Start Application

For the 2024 cohort, select “Summer 2022-2023” as the start term. Choose a specialization or subject area within STEP. Choose “Elementary Education” or “Teaching of . . .” to select a secondary subject area.

STEP Essay

Respond to the prompt below about your educational experience, interest in teaching, and views on the role of education.

Resume

Required of all applicants and should be uploaded following the essay. 

Letters of Recommendation

Submit three letters of recommendation

Transcripts

Upload an unofficial or official transcript.

Transcript Summary

In a separate document summarize all college coursework in the format described below. Include courses in which you are currently enrolled or plan to take before STEP.

STEP Supplemental Form

Fill out the STEP supplemental form (required) included in the online application. If you are interested in receiving a STEP fellowship, complete the fellowship section on the supplemental form.

Testing requirements - Elementary
Testing requirements - Secondary
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