If you are passionate about making a positive impact in your community, and are looking for a reformed and strong Teacher Education Program that offers high quality academics, great opportunities for clinical experience and flexibility through innovative distance supervision with financial support, the K-STEP-Up program is right for you. We navigate the challenges and success you face as a student and help you through your journey at KCKCC while preparing you for transfer to K-State where you will complete your program and earn your teaching license.

We also have several support services on our campus including a dedicated advisor, Yan Chen (913-288-7635). Use this link to make an appointment now.

Click this link to fill out the KSTEP-UP Pathway Registration Form!

Four steps to KSTEP-UP:

Step 1:

Complete Associate in Arts in Elementary Education at Kansas City Kansas Community College and transfer directly to Kansas State University*. 

Step 2:

Complete K-State elementary education degree in two years.

  • Year 1 Professional knowledge building, you have two options:
    1. On-campus option: you will attend classes at K-State’s campus in Manhattan, KS. 
    2. Online option: you can stay at home/community while attending the program 100% online. This is a cheaper way to attend K-State and the savings can be approximately $6,000 in a year.
  • Year 2 Clinical Residency: this is a site-based, one-year clinical residency in Kansas City Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS). During your clinical residency, you will have support from an onsite clinical instructor from K-State as well as employment opportunity to work as a paraprofessional in a classroom.

Step 3.

As a newly certified teacher, you are interviewed for hire by KCKPS. On being hired, teachers complete a two-year induction program geared toward on-the-job training and support at no cost to you.

Step 4:

Enjoy your teaching career while making a huge impact on many lives for years to come.    

*Up to Sixty KCKCC credits can be transferred to K State. Transfer students who meet all credits for the Associates in Arts in Elementary Education at KCKCC requirements are not expected to apply to K-State’s program. Dedicated academic advisors at KCKCC and K-State will ensure a smooth transition to K-State. However, students need to meet all the AA degree requirements of KCKCC and additional requirements for KSU admission in order to continue to K-State.   

Click this link to fill out the KSTEP-UP Pathway Registration Form!


Dr. Hira Nair
Coordinator of Teacher Education/
Professor of Psychology
E: hnair@KCKCC.EDU
P: 913-288-7319

Useful links:

Course Equivalency Guide from KCKCC to K-State.

K-STEP UP at Kansas State University