STEP Secondary is a 12-month, full-time program leading to a Master of Arts in Education and a preliminary California Single Subject Teaching Credential. Its small size (approximately 70 candidates), access to top faculty and qualified cooperating teachers, and coherent design offer highly focused instruction interwoven with hands-on teaching experience, sustained mentoring, and personalized advising. STEP recognizes the integration of the many areas of knowledge that underlie effective teaching and provides multiple opportunities for observing, planning, and practicing diverse pedagogical approaches in specific clinical contexts.
STEP Secondary teacher candidates gain deep classroom experience in this 12-month program; they are extremely well-prepared for their first year of teaching. After a summer at a local middle school, candidates complete year-long field placements under the guidance of expert cooperating teachers in local middle schools and high schools. Fieldwork involves four hours each day at their school sites and attending a weekly Seminar at Stanford that is designed to support their growth. Teaching responsibilities gradually increase during the year with the candidates' growth and development.