Kansas Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide
This guide to teaching schools in Kansas is designed to provide key information to aspiring teachers looking for the best program for their needs. There are many teacher preparation programs in the state that prepare students to become teachers or advance in a current educator career. On this page, we have lists of top-rated teaching programs, a table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and student reviews. Whether you are a first-time student or looking to change careers, this guide should help you find the best program that suits your individual career goals.
- There are 33 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Kansas.1
- 9 schools offer an associate’s degree in education.1
- 27 schools and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.1
- 18 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
- No schools ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2022.2
- 2 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2022.3
- 9 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Master’s in Education Programs 2022.4
- 17 not-for-profit teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.
For not-for-profit schools with teacher degree programs.
Table of Contents
- Teacher Preparation Program Comparison
- Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs
- Select Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees
- Schools with Associate Degrees in Education
- Student Reviews
Comparison of Kansas Schools with Teacher Preparation Programs
We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Kansas according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.
While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states.
You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution, for both traditional and alternative programs, for the 2018-2019 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education reports under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality. Traditional teacher preparation programs are usually completed as part of a bachelor’s degree program. Alternative certification programs are typically designed for career changers looking to enter the field and lead to a postgraduate certificate or a master’s degree. Many schools in our table offer both traditional and alternative programs. Take a look at our Kansas traditional and alternative certification guides for more information.
Finally, we have provided the net price per year for undergraduate tuition, based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).
|State-Approved School||CAEP Accred.?5||Trad. Teacher Program Enrollment6||Trad. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6||Trad. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6||Alt. Teacher Program Enrollment6||Alt. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6||Alt. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6||Net Price1|
|Central Christian College||No||6||3||N.Av.||—||—||—||$14,258|
|Emporia State University||Yes||999||205||100%||9||8||N.Av.||$14,437|
|Fort Hays State University||Yes||415||<195/td>||95%||272||124||97%||$13,379|
|Haskell Indian Nations University||Yes||13||5||N.Av.||—||—||—||$2,958|
|Kansas State University||Yes||1,171||449||97%||—||—||—||$18,494|
|Kansas Wesleyan University||No||43||17||86%||—||—||—||$24,196|
|MidAmerica Nazarene University||Yes||123||27||96%||—||—||—||$29,406|
|Pittsburg State University||Yes||605||148||97%||95||28||96%||$14,006|
|University of Kansas||Yes||602||161||96%||—||—||—||$20,054|
|University of Saint Mary||Yes||113||28||75%||—||—||—||$22,029|
|Wichita State University||Yes||140||126||96%||308||77||89%||$14,357|
- — indicates none or not applicable.
- N.Av. indicates data was not available or pass rates were omitted for confidentiality.
Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Kansas
US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2022
- University of Kansas (#17 tie)
- Kansas State University (#136 tie)
US News & World Report’s Best Online Master’s in Education Programs 2022
- Kansas State University (#24 tie)
- University of Kansas (#34 tie)
- Fort Hays State University (#108 tie)
- Wichita State University (#162 tie)
- Southwestern College (#233 tie)
- Baker University (#242-321)
- Emporia State University (#242-321)
- Friends University (#242-321)
- Newman University (#242-321)
Select Kansas Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees
Located in Lawrence, Kansas, the University of Kansas (KU) has been training educators through its School of Education and Human Sciences since 1909. The School is divided into the departments of Curriculum & Teaching; Educational Leadership & Policy Studies; Health, Sport & Exercise Sciences; Educational Psychology; and Special Education. All undergraduate programs are housed within the Curriculum & Teaching department and include Early, Elementary, and Secondary Education (English or History & Government), as well as Music, Foreign Language, Visual Art, and STEM Education. KU also confers degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels in a wide range of specialized areas, such as a Master of Science in Education (MSE) in Autism Spectrum Disorder, a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Psychology & Research, and an MSE or Doctor of Education (EdD) in Higher Education Administration. Several of the graduate and doctoral programs are offered online and can be completed in as little as two years.
Wichita State University’s (WSU) School of Education serves both undergraduate and graduate students in attaining their educational goals. The School’s undergraduate programs are focused on teacher preparation, with programs offered for aspiring Early, Elementary, and Secondary educators in a variety of subject areas. There are also three master’s programs offered: a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Learning and Instructional Design, an M.Ed. in Special Education, and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). The M.Ed. in Special Education is offered as a fully-online program for students who require more flexibility in their schedules. WSU is located in the largest urban center in the state, which means students at the undergraduate and graduate levels have access to plenty of hands-on experiences that will assist them in learning about their major and future career possibilities.
Schools with Associate Degrees in Education
While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational level required to qualify for state certification, an associate’s degree can be the first step towards a career in education. It can qualify graduates for careers in non-licensed roles in early childhood education, after-school care, and related areas. The credits earned from an accredited associate degree program can also typically be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree. The following Alabama schools offer associate’s degrees in education.1 Schools with an asterisk (*) also offer four-year teaching programs and/or alternative route to certification programs.
Barton County Community College
245 NE 30 Rd
Great Bend, KS 67530-9251
Butler Community College
901 S Haverhill Rd
El Dorado, KS 67042-3280
Dodge City Community College
2501 N 14th Ave
Dodge City, KS 67801-2399
Fort Hays State University*
600 Park St
Hays, KS 67601-4009
Fort Scott Community College
2108 S Horton St
Fort Scott, KS 66701-3141
Haskell Indian Nations University*
155 Indian Ave
Lawrence, KS 66046-4800
Highland Community College
606 W Main St
Highland, KS 66035-4165
Independence Community College
1057 W College Ave
Independence, KS 67301-0708
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-0001
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Cir
Emporia, KS 66801-5087
Fort Hays State University
600 Park St
Hays, KS 67601-4009
Pittsburg State University
1701 S Broadway St
Pittsburg, KS 66762-5856
University of Kansas
1450 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount St
Wichita, KS 67260-0124
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2022 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2021.
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
4. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
5. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
6. US Department of Education 2020 Title II Report: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx