STEPP: Student Teacher Extended Preparation Program

Teacher candidates are provided with additional training outside their degree coursework and clinical/field experiences through STEPP (Student Teacher Extended Preparation Program). Through this program sponsored by the PDS grant, teacher candidates experience one facet of the teaching career that without this program they would not experience until they become certified teachers and are hired within a school system. This important component of the teaching career is professional development. Through STEPP, teacher candidates receive professional development in student engagement and technology integration strategies, as well as high demand issues in education such as classroom management and differentiation. Through surveys and meetings with former teacher candidates, topics of high demand have been identified and are offered to teacher candidates throughout their junior and senior year. The following topics will continue to be at the forefront of STEPP: classroom management, student engagement, SMART technology, Project Based Learning, Reading and Writing across the curriculum, technology integration throughout the curriculum, and Dealing with Difficult Situations.

Comments From Previous Fall STEPP Sessions

  • I loved this. It was way more helpful than I knew it could be! I learned so many things and am leaving with awesome list of resources. Thank you so much! Also, all of the instructors were so kind!
  • The STEPP seminar was helpful. Some of the strategies were things I already knew, but other people did not know. Other strategies were the opposite. I found it helpful that we were able to actually try the strategies.
  • I enjoyed this so much! I was surprised that it was all instructional strategies – which I LOVED!
  • Loved all of it. The strategies were GREAT and engaging. Definitely plan to use it in my classroom one day.
  • This was a good investment of my time!
  • I learned a lot about online resources that I didn’t know. I will be implementing what I’ve learned during this session in my clinicals.
  • This was a very informative session and the information I obtained today will benefit me greatly in my future teaching career.
  • This has a lot of helpful information. A lot of the apps could be modified to use in both an elementary and a secondary classroom. I am usually nervous to use technology with young students but this has helped me ease some of my worry. Great STEPP session!
  • I had never heard of most of the websites and they were all great especially for special ed because the students love technology.

Spring 2020 STEPP Professional Development

Teacher Candidates Attending Professional Development Workshops Will Receive:

  • STIPEND of $25 for Saturday workshop
  • Any MATERIALS that go along with workshop content
  • BREAKFAST and LUNCH for Saturday workshop
  • *Inclusion on RESUME

There is a 20 participant limit on each session, if you register for this session you must attend.

February 1, 2020: Teaching With Technology And Active Learning Strategies For Secondary Teacher Candidates

9:00am – 2:30pm Huntington High School Library (directions at bottom of page)
Register for the Teaching With Technology/Secondary Teacher Candidate Workshop


Saturday, February 15: Teaching With Technology And Heggerty, Ashlock, Call/Response Strategies, Managing Centers, And More! For Elementary Teacher Candidates

9:00am – 2:30pm Huntington High School Library (directions at bottom of page)

Register for the Teaching With Technology/Elementary Workshop.


Directions To Huntington High School

From Marshall University, turn onto Hal Greer Boulevard. Go 2.9 miles and turn left onto Highlander Way. Go up the hill 1 mile. Drive around the entire school to the back parking lot. Enter the building through Door 43. Through the stairwell, turn left. Walk to the end of the hallway. The library is on the right–instructors will be there with directions to your specific room.

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Contact Information

Dr. Mindy Backus Professor/PDS Director 130 Education Building Marshall University Phone: 304-696-2877 Fax: 304-696-6211

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Student Teacher Mini Grants: Application links are in Word and PDF. Send applications to by the following dates: First placement–January 29, 4:00pm (notification will be on January 31); Second placement–March 18, 4:00 (notification will be on March 20)

STEPP Workshops:

February 1 (half-day sessions) – Teaching With Technology And Active Strategies For Secondary Teacher Candidates

February 15 (half-day sessions) – Teaching With Technology And Heggerty, Ashlock, Call/Response, Managing Centers, And More! For Elementary Teacher Candidates


Teacher Mini Grants are due by 4:00pm March 13, 2020. Teachers hosting student teachers may apply using the form above under the Teacher tab.

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