Kansas Teacher Certification
How to Become a Teacher in Kansas
Teacher certification in Kansas is regulated by the Teacher Education and Licensure (TEAL) team. There are a number of types of licenses for Kansas educators. The standard licenses consist of Conditional, Professional, and Accomplished certifications. The Conditional license is the initial certification for new teachers and is valid for two years. After that time, educators apply for a Professional license which is valid for five years and has professional development requirements for renewal. Kansas teachers may also earn an Accomplished License by attaining National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. An Accomplished license is valid for ten years.
- I want to be a teacher in Kansas, but don’t have a degree: Earn an Education Degree
- I want to be a teacher and have a degree, but not in education: Learn about Kansas’ Alternative Certification Process and Programs
- I have a teaching degree and am interested in more education: Learn about Master’s Degree Education Programs or Doctorate Education Programs and Information.
- Graduate Certificate-Management of Education Corporation/Corporate Training Divisions
- Graduate Certificate-Education Leadership
- Graduate Certificate-Curriculum Leadership
In addition to the three types of standard licenses, educators may also possess the following in Kansas: a nonrenewable license valid for one year, an Exchange license or Provisional license valid for two years, a Restricted license through an alternative licensure program, a Technical Certificate, or a Substitute license.
Regardless of the type of license, Kansas uses the following levels to specify which students may be taught using that license: early childhood (birth-kindergarten, birth-grade 3, or prekindergarten-grade 3), early childhood through late childhood (kindergarten-grade 6), late childhood through early adolescence (grades 5-8), early adolescence through late adolescence and adulthood (grades 6-12), and early childhood through late adolescence and adulthood (prekindergarten-grade 12). All licenses must also include one or more endorsements.
Kansas Teacher Education Requirements
Those who are preparing for Kansas teacher certification must complete a teacher education program at an accredited institution. The bachelor’s degrees required at these institutions vary, but all teachers in Kansas are required to have at least one endorsement on their licenses.
Profiles of Well Known Schools
Wichita State University: Wichita State University’s College of Education serves both undergrads and graduate students in attaining their educational goals. The school has several departments including Counseling, Educational and School Psychology, Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Leadership, Human Performance Studies, and Sport Management. The school is located in the largest urban center in the entire state, which means students have access to plenty of hands-on experiences that will assist them in learning about their major and future career. The Wichita State faculty believe in combining curriculum and theory with real-world didactic experiences that go far beyond surface learning. The School offers majors in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Counseling Psychology, Special Education and much more. Students at the graduate level should contact the specific department to inquire about graduate admissions policies and requirements.
The US Department of Labor Statistics lists Kansas’ unemployment rate at 6.4% at the beginning of 2012, significantly below the national average of 8.5%. According to the Occupational Supply & Demand System, there will be 3,141 annual job openings in Kansas in education and library related fields through 2018. The National Center of Education Statistics recorded 35,883 public school and 3,500 private school teachers registered in Kansas in fall 2008 and 2007 respectively. The average starting salary for teachers in Kansas is $31,763, and the average overall classroom teacher salary is $46,598, the 8th lowest in the nation according to the National Education Association. The NEA cites the lower cost of living in Kansas as a strong contributing factor to Kansas’ low rank amongst US states in average classroom teacher salary. Teacher shortages in grade 7-12 math, science and special education have been advertised by the NEA. The Kansas National Education Association also emphasizes the need for special education professionals and urges new teachers to seek certification in that field. Visit the KNEA website for more news affecting Kansas teachers, public schools, students and administrators. Please contact Kansas education and teaching schools for more information regarding the current job market and certification procedures.
Kansas Teacher Testing Requirements
Becoming a teacher in Kansas requires completion of Praxis assessments to demonstrate that the candidates are fully prepared for licensure. The Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) is typically required for those beginning a teacher education program. In order for new teachers to acquire an initial license, they must pass Praxis II content assessments for all endorsement fields as well as a pedagogy assessment called Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT). When educators upgrade from an initial license to a professional one, they must complete the Kansas Performance Assessment, which is a teacher work sample.
Some individuals may be exempt from the testing requirements in Kansas. Those who have already completed comparable assessments in another state and who are licensed in that state may be exempt. Educators who are Nationally Board Certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards are also not required to complete the assessments.
Kansas Teacher Salary and Jobs
|Type||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Elementary School Teachers||15,120||$44,240|
|Middle School Teachers||6,530||$46,050|
|Secondary School Teachers||10,180||$45,660|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011.
Kansas Teacher Interview
Interview with John Ritchie, President of the Kansas Association of Teachers of English
School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Kansas
Request free information from the following schools to learn more about your options for choosing a teacher degree program. We recommend you: Request information from one or more of these schools
- M.A. in Education/Elementary Teacher Education
- M.A. in Education/Secondary Teacher Education
- M.A. in Education/Early Childhood Ed.
- Doctor of Education/Educational Leadership
- And more...
- MA in Education (Leadership in Early Childhood Education)
- BA in Early Childhood Education
- MA in Educational Leadership and Administration (Tier 1)
- MA in Education with Instructional Technology Emphasis
- And more...
- M.A. Teaching (K-8)
- Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program (K-8)
- B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8)
- M.A. Teaching - Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12)
- And more...
- B.S. in Early Childhood Education (Birth - 5 Years)
- M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education
- Special Education (Early Childhood/Elementary)
- Educational Administration: (EDD)
- And more...
- M.A. in Teaching - Professional Learning Communities (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure)
- M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure)
- M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure)
- M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading - Elementary Education (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure)
- And more...
Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Kansas
618 Eighth Street
Baldwin City, KS 66006-0065
1020 N 2nd St
Atchison, KS 66002-1499
335 e swensson st
Lindsborg, KS 67456-1897
Butler Community College
901 S Haverhill Rd
El Dorado, KS 67042-3280
Cloud County Community College
2221 Campus Dr
Concordia, KS 66901-1002
Emporia State University
Emporia, KS 66801-5087
Fort Hays State University
600 Park St
Hays, KS 67601-4099
Fort Scott Community College
2108 S Horton
Fort Scott, KS 66701
2100 W. University Ave.
Wichita, KS 67213
Highland Community College-Highland
606 W Main
Highland, KS 66035-4165
Johnson County Community College
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210-1299
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
Labette Community College
200 S 14th
Parsons, KS 67357-4201
MidAmerica Nazarene University
2030 E College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899
Pittsburg State University
1701 S Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Seward County Community College and Area Technical School
1801 N. Kansas Ave.
Liberal, KS 67901
100 College St
Winfield, KS 67156-6224
125 W. Cooper
Sterling, KS 67579
400 S Jefferson
Hillsboro, KS 67063-1799
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045
1700 SW College Avenue
Topeka, KS 66621-0001
Wichita State University
Wichita, KS 67260-0124
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