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Applying to STEP

The Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) is a nationally renowned 12-month full time program preparing future teacher leaders at the elementary and secondary levels. STEP integrates a high quality academic program with a well-supported, yearlong classroom placement.

The online application for the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) is now open. The deadline to submit an application will be January 7, 2022 (11:59pm PST).

The coterm application for current Stanford undergraduates is now open. Please note, requirements for coterms differ slightly from outside applicants so make sure to review the coterminal application requirements page. For additional questions or concerns contact Viviana Alcazar.

Application Requirements

The STEP application process gives applicants the opportunity to display their full range of experience, education, and enthusiasm for teaching. We carefully review and consider every application.

Start Application

For the 2023 cohort, select "Summer 2021-22" 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 background, interest in teaching, and views on role of education.


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

Letters of Recommendation

Submit three letters of recommendation.


Upload unofficial or official electronic transcripts as a PDF.

Transcript Summary

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

STEP Supplemental Form

Fill out the STEP supplemental application included in the online application.

Testing Requirements

Register and take required tests.

Elementary Secondary


Common Application Requirement Questions.

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STEP, the Graduate School of Education & Stanford University are committed to preparing teachers from wide-ranging, diverse backgrounds. With that commitment in mind, we are offering application fee waivers to first-generation college graduates who are in financial need. Additionally, applicants to the World Languages program are eligible for the fee waiver.

To be considered for the waiver, applicants must complete the fee waiver survey. Applicants need to indicate their commitment to applying to STEP and describe their eligibility in a short paragraph. We have a limited number of fee waivers to allocate this year. We will offer them on a first-come, first-serve basis to eligible applicants.

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