Teaching Degrees in Kansas

Students interested in receiving their Kansas teacher certification have many schools from which to choose. The four largest higher-learning institutes in the Sunflower State, the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Wichita State University, and Fort Hays State University, all have quality, state-accredited programs for students hoping to become educators.

Bigger doesn’t always mean better, of course, and it’s important that students choose Kansas teacher education programs based not on size but on the program that fits a student’s needs. Remember that secondary teachers, those teaching middle and high school, receive majors in their core area, not in education. It might be prudent, then, to choose the school offering the best program in the teaching discipline, math or science, for instance, rather than the best curriculum and instruction program. On the other hand, students interested in teaching pre-K through elementary are required to receive a degree (not just a certificate or license) in education, so it’s necessary for them to locate the best teaching schools in Kansas.

University of Kansas

Founded in 1866, the University of Kansas ranks 101 on U.S. News & World Report‘s list of best national schools. Its School of Education is highly regarded nationwide, ranking 9th on the same publication’s list of best national education programs, and its Department of Special Education ranks 2nd in the number of published articles in peer-evaluated journals relating to special education. Further, the School of Education recently was awarded a $120 million grant from the Reading for Understanding Research Initiative to “overhaul how reading is taught to U.S. children by 2015”. The school accepts applying students as second-semester sophomores. They must have at least a 2.75 GPA; pass the reading, writing, and math sections of a Pre-Professional Skills Test; and submit two letters of recommendation along with an essay.

Kansas State University

About 10% of the students attending K-State, founded in 1863, choose to pursue their Kansas teacher license. Its College of Education, like U of K’s, is also nationally recognized. In February of this year, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education awarded its Best Practice Award for Professional Ethics and Moral Disposition in Teacher Education to K-State’s College of Education. There are two main routes teaching candidates can take when entering the College: elementary (K-6) or secondary (6-12) education. Elementary teachers must declare a concentration, English or math, for instance, whereas, secondary teachers must receive a degree in one or more of 20 approved academic areas.

Wichita State University

Located in Kansas’ largest city, Wichita State University was founded in 1895. Eleven percent of its student body is planning on entering education, making it the third most popular area of study. A copy of its program requirements and teacher application packet for elementary school teachers can be found here. Students pursuing teaching certificates in secondary education can choose to teach among 11 disciplines: art, biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, English, foreign language, history and government, journalism, math, music, and physical education. Special education requires a master’s degree.

Fort Hays State University

Founded in 1902 amid the central plains of Kansas, Fort Hays State University has an undergraduate enrollment of 5,190, making it a cozy, relaxed institution. Despite its size, its Department of Teacher Education boasts an impressive 96% employment rate for its graduates. The class sizes are small, allowing education instructors to bond more meaningfully with their students than professors at larger institutions. The school takes great pride in its small-town, traditional education system, which is on display in this welcome video. What Fort Hays offers that some schools do not is its Transition to Teaching Program, which is designed to provide students who already hold a degree an alternate route to becoming Kansas teachers.

Baker University

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618 Eighth Street
Baldwin City, KS 66006-0065
(785) 594-6451

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • 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:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Bethany College

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335 E Swensson St
Lindsborg, KS 67456-1897
(785) 227-3380 Ext: 8237

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Bethel College-North Newton

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300 E 27th St
North Newton, KS 67117-1716
(316) 283-2500

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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1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801-5415
(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

Hutchinson Community College

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1300 N Plum St
Hutchinson, KS 67501
(620) 665-3500

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

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

Kansas Wesleyan University

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100 E. Claflin Ave.
Salina, KS 67401-6196
(785) 827-5541 Ext: 1285

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

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-Ottawa

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1001 South Cedar
Ottawa, KS 66067-3399
(785) 242-5200

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

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

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
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