- Teacher Certification Map
- Become a Teacher in Kansas
Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. CertificationMap.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 11/10/2016
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To become a certified teacher in Kansas, you will need to fulfill these requirements:
- Step One: Complete a bachelor's degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
- Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
- Step Three: Pass required exams.
- Step Four: Submit a Kansas teaching credential application.
Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating CertificationMap.com with new information on a regular basis.
Step One: Kansas 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.
Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.
The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.
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Step Two: Kansas Teacher Preparation
Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.
Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often include instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (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.
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. Visit the Kansas Department of Education website to find out more.
Step Three: Kansas Required TestsBasic 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
|Certification Area||Required Test(s)||Qualifying Score|
|Early Childhood Unified||Education of Young Children||160|
|Elementary||Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment||153|
|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||150|
|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.||–|
|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||157|
|Teachers of Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students||Hard of Hearing Students||160|
|Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments||Visual Impairments||163|
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Step Four: Kansas Applications 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 8 credit hours or one year of accredited teaching within the previous 6 years
- Successful completion of the Pedagogy Assessment and Content Assessment(s) assigned to desired areas of certification
All applicants for teaching licenses must have a fingerprint background check. Visit the Kansas Department of Education website for more information.Kansas Educational Employment Board (KEEB)
KEEB’s Kansas Teaching Jobs website 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.
Kansas Certification Reciprocity
Kansas will accept some teaching credentials from all but the following states: Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont. Contact the Kansas State Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.
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: $45,490
- Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $47,680
- Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15
Teacher salaries were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics report.
Kansas Certification Resources & Links
900 SW Jackson Street
Topeka, Kansas 66612
- Kansas Teacher Tenure
- Troops to Teachers Kansas: In Kansas, Troops to Teachers is managed by the Missouri Region Office
- Teachers Test Prep: Free online Praxis Study Guides and Praxis Practice Tests, and a variety of preparation options to meet your individual needs, including prep classes, private tutoring, and online prep.
- Kansas Substitute Teacher Requirements
- Kansas Educational Employment Board (KEEB)