K-STEP UP – Kansas Statewide Teacher Education Pathway
for Underserved and Place-bound Students
"This program opens the doors of opportunity – from one side of Kansas to the other – and prepares teachers who reflect the children in their communities."
The Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) Grant Program aims to increase student achievement by improving the quality of new prospective teachers by enhancing the preparation of prospective teachers and the professional development activities for current teachers; and recruiting effective individuals, including minorities and individuals from other occupations, into the teaching force.
The KSU Site-Based Program: K-STEP UP
The site-based program allows for 60 future teachers, half in Liberal and half in Kansas City, to earn associate's degrees at their local community colleges and complete their education degrees through K-State online. The program targets underserved populations, individuals who want to teach in rural areas and others. While still in high school, participants will attend K-State's successful weeklong immersive camp, the Kansas Advanced Teacher Academy (KATA).
Project K-STEP-UP is essentially divided into four steps:
- Step 1:
Students in the diverse districts join their high school's teaching career pathway program;
- Step 2:
Students take credit classes at Kansas City Kansas Community College or Seward County Community College and complete degrees locally;
- Step 3:
Students complete K-State elementary education degrees after site-based, one-year clinical residency in high-need Local Education Agencies; and
- Step 4:
New teachers are hired by high-need Local Education Agencies and complete two-year induction.