The Kansas State Department of Education offers a Restricted Teaching License Alternative Pathway to non-traditional applicants. This educational route to becoming a licensed Kansas teacher is designed for you if you already have at least a bachelor’s degree and are considering a career change to become a teacher. It is only available if you wish to teach in secondary school content areas.
Interested in learning about the traditional approach? Contact schools offering teaching certification programs in Kansas.
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You must have at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a GPA of at least 2.75 in your last 60 semester credit hours. Additionally, your degree/coursework must be within the content area in which you plan to teach. If you meet these requirements along with the examination and experience requirements explained below, contact a Kansas institution that offers an alternative route program. Contacts for these programs are at the bottom of the page linked to here.
You must pass the Praxis II exam corresponding to the content area you plan to teach.
Before your may enroll in an alternative route program in a Kansas institution, you must complete a supervised practical training experience under the support of the institution and the school district in which you wish to work. To locate a teaching position in a Kansas school district, visit the Kansas Teaching Jobs Website. Once you have secured the position and are enrolled in an alternative route program, you may apply for a Restricted Teaching License. This license will allow you to teach full-time while completing the requirements necessary for full teaching licensure. A progress report will be issued to the Department of Education by your school each year, verifying that you are progressing toward full licensure.
As a first-time applicant for Kansas teaching licensure, you must undergo a criminal history background check. This involves filling out a fingerprint card, which will be provided to you by your college or university, and taking it to your local police station to have your fingerprints taken. The card must then be mailed to the Kansas State Department of Education, Teacher Education and Licensure, 120 SE 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612-1182. A license will not be issued to you until you have cleared the background check.
For more information on alternative teaching licensure in Kansas, contact the education program consultant, Sungti Hsu, at 785-291-3573.