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To become a certified teacher in Kansas, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

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Certification Requirements

The Kansas State Department of Education requires the following for all applicants pursuing their Kansas teaching license:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university
  • Successful completion of a state-approved teacher program
  • Applicant must have completed eight credit hours or one year of accredited teaching within the past six years
  • Successful completion of the Pedagogy Assessment and Content Assessment(s) assigned to desired areas of certification

Kansas Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Kansas, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.

Kansas Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements.

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.

While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of Kansas, visit our Kansas Teacher Scholarships page.

Kansas Required Tests

Basic Skills Assessment

Kansas does not require teaching candidates to take a Basic Skills Assessment.

Praxis II

To become a state-certified teacher, Kansas requires that all teaching candidates pass a Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) assessment and content assessment test(s) appropriate to their certification area(s).

Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT)

Certification Area

PLT Assessment

Qualifying Score

All Initial Teaching Licenses

Early Childhood
or
Grades K-6
or
Grades 5-9
or
Grades 7-12

160

160

160

160

Content Assessment(s)

Certification Area

Required Test(s)

Qualifying Score

Early Childhood Unified

Education of Young Children

172

Elementary

Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment

163

Middle School English

Middle School English Language Arts

158

Middle School History

Middle School Social Studies

155

Middle School Mathematics

Middle School Mathematics

157

Middle School Science

Middle School Science

149

Secondary Education

Visit Kansas’ Praxis requirements for a complete list of required content assessments.

All Grades

Visit Kansas’ Praxis requirements for a complete list of required content assessments.

Special Education

Certification Area

Required Test(s)

Qualifying Score

Adaptive Special Education

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications

155

Functional Special Education

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications

155

Gifted

No Praxis test required

Teachers of Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students

Hard of Hearing Students

160

Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments

Visual Impairments

163

Kansas Certification Reciprocity

Kansas will accept some teaching credentials from the following states. Contact the Kansas State Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Kansas Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Kansas provides no support for teachers teaching in high needs schools or teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Kansas has strong induction policies in place
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: The average elementary school teacher in Kansas makes $42,910
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: The average secondary teacher in Kansas makes $43,620
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Kansas makes 104% of the salary of the average worker in Kansas
  • Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: The average teacher in Kansas receives 15 weeks of vacation per year

Applying for Certification

Kansas Educational Employment Board (KEEB)

KEEB is an online job board that provides potential teaching candidates access to available teaching jobs within Kansas public schools. The recruitment service is free to register, and applicants can access job opportunities, information on licenses, resources for tuition and scholarship programs, and resume/career services assistance.

Background Check

Visit the Kansas State Department of Education’s Fingerprint Cards Form to register for fingerprint and background clearance through the KBI and FBI.

Kansas Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Kansas.

Contact Information

      Kansas State Department of Education

      120 S.E. 10th Avenue

      Topeka, Kansas 66612

      (785) 296-3201- Contact

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