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Kansas Teacher Certification Requirements

To become a teacher in Kansas, you must complete the follow steps:

Meet the Education Requirements

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Complete a teacher education preparation program.

Student Teaching Requirements

  • KSDE requires at least eight credit hours or one year of student teaching experience in order to apply for your initial teaching license.
  • However, each college may have differing student teaching requirements for their education degree programs.

Pass Required Exams

  • All prospective teachers must take and earn a passing score on the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Praxis exam.
  • You may also have to take a Praxis exam in specific content areas to earn endorsements.

Apply for Certification

  • Once you have completed your minimum teaching requirements, you can apply for your initial Kansas teaching license. You will create an account through the Kansas Licensure Application System.
  • The application may ask for your official transcripts and official Praxis test scores. Along with providing evidence of meeting your minimum requirements for initial licensing, you will also need to submit fingerprints and pay a $50 fingerprint fee.

Apply for Teaching Jobs

  • Once you have your teacher certification you can now start applying for jobs.
  • You can use job boards and search engines like Google to find open teacher positions in your area.

Most popular Kansas Teacher Certification Exams

Teachers in Kansas must pass the required Praxis exams to become a certified teacher.

Praxis®️ Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests

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Official Praxis®️ Core study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Praxis®️ Early Childhood Education

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Official Praxis®️ Early Childhood Education study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Pearson Foundations of Reading

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Official Foundations of Reading (190) study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Praxis®️ Principles of Learning and Teaching: K-6

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Official Praxis®️ PLT: K-6 study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Praxis®️ Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects

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Official Praxis®️ Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects study guide to help you pass your exam!

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How to Register For the Exams?

You can follow the following steps to register for your teacher certification exams:

  • Identify Your Exams: Determine the specific teacher certification exams you need to take. If you are a part of a certification program you should talk to your program advisor to determine which exams you need to take.
  • Create an Account: Visit the official testing service website and create an account.
  • Select Exam and Date: Login, choose your exam, and select a convenient test date and location.
  • Complete Registration: Follow instructions, provide necessary information, and pay exam fees online.

How To Study for Your Kansas Teacher Certification Exam(s)

To become a certified teacher you must pass your required exam(s). Luckily, we offer a wide variety of study guides to help you pass your exams and get closer to getting that teacher certificate. Our study guides offer practice questions, video lessons, quizzes and full length practice tests to ensure you are ready come test day! Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the exams and cross-references them with the current and previous questions released by the official testing company. We then work with content and teaching experts to distill down what test-takers need to know. No matter where you are in the study guide, you can always see how the concept you are learning is aligned to the test standards.

How Do I Maintain Teaching Certification in Kansas?

In order to maintain a Kansas state teaching license, teachers must complete professional development hours. The number of hours needed depends on whether the applicant holds a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree.

Teachers with a bachelor’s degree and an initial teaching license must complete at least 160 hours of approved professional development before they are eligible to apply for a professional teaching license.

Teachers with a master’s degree require 120 hours of professional development to recertify.

Professional teaching licenses need to be renewed every five years.

Best Education Schools in Kansas

  • University of Kansas
  • Kansas State University
  • Baker University
  • Southwestern College
  • Wichita State University
  • Pittsburg State University
  • Newman University
  • Washburn University

Kansas Teacher Salary Information

The average Public School Teacher salary in Kansas is $55,163 as of February 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $46,060 and $67,287.

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Kansas Teacher Certification FAQs

How to become a teacher in Kansas without a teaching degree?

Kansas has two different routes to alternative certification: the State Board of Education Visiting Scholar Certificate and the Restricted Teacher License. Both options require individuals to already have a bachelor’s degree and complete required university courses from a state-approved alternative certification program.

How long does it take to become a teacher in Kansas?

Typically, bachelor’s degree programs take four years, plus any additional time required to student teach (if not completed during your bachelor’s program) and time required to study and sit for the necessary licensure or certification exams.

What is a teacher preparation program in Kansas?

Student teaching, also known as a teacher preparation program, is required by the state of Kansas in order to meet all teacher certification requirements. Depending on your area of focus, you may need to complete a specific type of teacher preparation program specific to the content area you wish to teach.

Do you need a degree to be a substitute teacher in Kansas?

There are two kinds of substitute licenses in Kansas. A “Standard Substitute” requires completion of a teacher education program; an “Emergency Substitute” only requires 60 hours of college credit.

How long is a Kansas teaching license good for?

Your Kansas teaching license is valid for 5 years.

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