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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