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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 2025-2026 academic cycle will open around September 15, 2024. The deadline to submit applications will be January 8, 2025

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 Michaela Ruiz. Coterm applicants use this link to apply.

Start Application

For the 2026 cohort, select “Summer 2024-2025” 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.


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

Letters of Recommendation

Submit three letters of recommendation


Upload an unofficial or official transcript.

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
Qualifications for STEP admission


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