How to Become a Teacher in Kansas

With approximately 473,000 public school students, Kansas has plenty of work to go around for educators. The Sunflower State has seen roughly a $10,000 salary increase for classroom teachers in the last decade alone. Becoming a teacher in Kansas is a process much like those found in other states. For instance, as in other states, a Kansas certified teacher must order, complete, and mail back a fingerprint card, a law that has been in effect since August 2011.

Education Requirements

To obtain a Kansas teacher certification, students must complete a teacher preparation program in the area they want to teach. Those interested in teaching pre-K through elementary school, for example, need to complete a program that focuses on elementary education. Future middle and high school teachers, on the other hand, must first receive a degree in the subject matter they wish to teach, like math or science, before completing a teacher preparation program approved by the Kansas State Board of Education.

Kansas Teaching Certification

All Kansas educators need a state-issued certification to teach. To qualify for licensure, Kansas candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, complete an approved teacher preparation program, pass the required tests for their licensure area, and submit all necessary licensure forms and fees. Kansas also offers an alternative teacher certification program called Restricted Teaching License Alternative Pathway, which provides accelerated training to college graduates and professionals seeking a career change.

Required Tests

To obtain an initial teaching license in Kansas, all candidates must complete a content knowledge assessment in each subject or endorsement area you plan to teach, as well as a pedagogy or teaching skills assessment called the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT). Kansas educators must receive a passing score from one of the four PLT tests and the content assessment to obtain licensure.

State Certification Reciprocity

All out-of-state applicants who want to teach in Kansas must hold a valid full or standard out-of-state license or certificate and have completed a state-approved teacher preparation program. Licensure to teach in Kansas depends on the applicant’s experience and/or qualifying out-of-state tests. Teachers from all other states will be considered, but additional testing and training may be required beyond a one-year comparable certificate.

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Baker University

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618 Eighth Street
Baldwin City, KS 66006-0065
(800) 873-4282

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Benedictine College

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1020 N 2nd St
Atchison, KS 66002-1499
(913) 367-5340

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Bethany College

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335 E Swensson St
Lindsborg, KS 67456-1897
(785) 227-3311 Ext: 8361

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Bethel College-North Newton

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300 E 27th St
North Newton, KS 67117-8061
(316) 283-2500 Ext: 314

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Central Christian College of Kansas

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1200 S Main
McPherson, KS 67460-5740
(620) 241-0723 Ext: 331

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Dodge City Community College

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2501 N 14th Ave
Dodge City, KS 67801-2399
(620) 225-1321

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Emporia State University

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1200 Commercial
Emporia, KS 66801-5087
(620) 341-1200

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Fort Hays State University

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600 Park St
Hays, KS 67601-4099
(785) 628-4000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Friends University

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2100 W. University Ave.
Wichita, KS 67213
(316) 295-5000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Kansas State University

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Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-6011

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Labette Community College

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200 S 14th
Parsons, KS 67357-4201
(620) 421-6700

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

MidAmerica Nazarene University

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2030 E College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899
(913) 782-3750

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Newman University

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3100 McCormick Ave
Wichita, KS 67213-2097
(316) 942-4291

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Ottawa University-Kansas City

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4370 W. 109th Street Suite 200
Overland Park, KS 66211
(913) 451-1431

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, Commission on Accreditation

Pittsburg State University

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1701 S Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762
(620) 231-7000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Seward County Community College and Area Technical School

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1801 N. Kansas Ave.
Liberal, KS 67901
(620) 624-1951

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Southwestern College

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100 College Street
Winfield, KS 67156-6224
(620) 229-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Sterling College

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125 W. Cooper
Sterling, KS 67579
(620) 278-2173

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Tabor College

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400 S Jefferson
Hillsboro, KS 67063-1799
(620) 947-3121 Ext: 1056

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

University of Kansas

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Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230
Lawrence, KS 66045
(785) 864-2700

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
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