K-STEP UP: Kansas Statewide Teacher Education Pathway for Underserved and Place-bound

Funded by a Teacher Quality Partnership Grant from the United States Department of Education, K-STEP UP, an acronym for Kansas Statewide Teacher Education Pathway for Underserved and Place-bound, is a program that provides a pathway for students in Kansas City and Liberal who want to become teachers and who intend to remain in their home community. The program creates a seamless education path that starts in high school and culminates with support during the graduates' first two years in the classroom. The program runs from Spring 2019 to Fall 2022.



"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 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 online through K-State. The program targets underserved populations, individuals who want to teach in rural areas. While still in high school, participants will attend K-State's successful weeklong immersive camp, the Kansas Advanced Teacher Academy (KATA).

K-STEP UP provides multiple entry points for future teachers. They can access the program by joining their high school's teaching career pathway program, taking classes at Kansas City Kansas Community College or Seward County Community College, or enrolling in K-State's online elementary education degree program.

Future teachers in K-STEP UP will complete site-based, one-year clinical residencies followed by a two-year induction as they begin their teaching career.

K-STEP UP Program

Lou Ann Getz
K-State Program Manager

Seward County Community College
Luke Dowell

Liberal High School
Sheri King

Kansas City Kansas Community College
Yan Chen
Dr. Hira Nair

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools
Julia Linkous