Kansas Administration/Principal Certification


The Kansas State Department of Education issues a variety of School Leadership Licenses to qualified applicants. These include Building Leadership for school principals and District Leadership for superintendents.


Education Requirements

You must complete an approved graduate level leadership program and hold a graduate degree. A minimum GPA of 3.25 in your graduate program is required.

Learn more about the graduate school process. Contact schools offering educational administration degree programs in Kansas.



If you wish to pursue a Building Leadership License, you must pass the Praxis II School Leaders Licensure Assessment. For a District Leadership License, you must pass the Praxis II School Superintendent Assessment.


Experience Requirements

You need at least three years of experience in a Kansas school under a valid professional license.

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Document and Application Requirements

If you meet all of the above requirements, you may apply for a Conditional School Leadership License. Then, after you enroll in internship credits during your first year of employment as a school leader, you will undergo a performance assessment. If you successfully pass this assessment, you may apply for a Professional School Leadership License, valid for five years. Applications, supporting documents, and fees should be mailed to Teacher Education and Licensure, Kansas State Department of Education, 120 SE 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612-1182.


Criminal History Background Check

Because you must already have a Kansas Professional Teaching License in order to apply for a school leadership license, you will already have undergone the criminal history background check. This includes fingerprinting. Licenses will not be issued without your background check first being cleared.


Contact Information

For information about school leadership programs at Kansas’s colleges and universities, contact the licensure officers at the institution that interests you.

For more information about school leadership licensure in Kansas, contact the Kansas State Department of Education at 785-296-3201.

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