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Kansas Alternative Teacher Certification

Kansas offers various paths to alternative teacher certification. These programs are designed to attract career-switchers and experienced professionals to the classroom.

Requirements for Alternative Certification

To be eligible for alternative teacher certification in Kansas, candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree. Candidates must also typically take the Praxis content area and pedagogy exams appropriate to the grade level(s) and subject(s) they wish to teach. Candidates usually must also complete a teacher preparation program, which can be completed in as little as one year as a post-graduate certificate. Candidates may also elect to pursue a master’s degree in education, or in a core subject that includes an approved certification program.

Types of Alternative Teaching Licenses in Kansas

The Kansas State Department of Education offers different pathways for alternative teacher certification. These pathways are designed for those with a bachelor’s or higher degree in subjects other than education.

Restricted Teaching License

To be eligible for the Restricted Teaching License alternative path to licensure, an applicant must have a degree in the content area for which the license is desired and must have earned at least a 2.75 grade point average. Candidates must also have a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II content exam.

Candidates must be accepted to an alternative route program at an approved Kansas college or university and obtain an employment offer from a local school district. Once these requirements are met, candidates can apply for the Restricted License and teach full-time while completing the alternative route program requirements. This license may be renewed for an additional year if the holder is making satisfactory progress toward acquiring an initial or professional license.

Restricted Technical Education Certificate

Prospective teachers of career and technical education subjects may qualify for a Restricted Technical Education certificate if they have an employment offer from a local school district, have at least 4,000 hours of occupational experience in the content area to be taught, and are admitted to an acceptable professional teacher training program of at least 18 semester hours. Candidates must complete new teacher orientation, a recognized trade competency exam, and attend professional conferences related to the endorsement sought at least once per year. Within four years, candidates must complete the remaining training program requirements to earn a full Technical Education Certificate.

Testing Requirements for Kansas Alternative Certification

Candidates for alternative teacher certification in Kansas must take and pass the Praxis II content-area exam appropriate to the endorsement(s) sought. For career and technical subjects where a Praxis II exam is not offered candidates must take a recognized industry certification exam.

Transferring Teaching Licenses from Another State

Those who hold teaching certificates in other states may qualify for licensure by reciprocity. Kansas requires that candidates have completed a bachelor’s degree and teacher preparation program. Candidates must also have passed the appropriate licensure examinations. For more information, visit our teaching certificate reciprocity guide or contact the Kansas State Department of Education.

Additional Resources

Kansas Restricted Teaching License Alternative Pathway
Kansas Approved Teacher Preparation Programs & Institutions
Kansas Teaching Jobs

Schools with Alternative Certification Programs in Kansas

Because the alternative certification process is complex, we have researched and provided specific school programs below for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree outside of education and want to become a teacher. We recommend you request information from one or more of these specific programs:

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References:
1. Kansas State Department of Education: http://www.ksde.org/Agency/Division-of-Learning-Services/Teacher-Licensure-and-Accreditation