Once you receive your Initial Teaching License in Kansas, it is valid for two years. During that time, you must complete the state’s Induction and Mentoring Program, usually completed at the Kansas public school in which you teach. This must be verified by your school administrator on the Application for Kansas Upgrade to a Professional License. Additionally, you must undergo another criminal history background check at this time.
When you receive your Professional Teaching License, it is valid for five years. Renewal requires you to complete professional development/continuing education during that period, fulfilling one of the following requirements:
- If you do not hold a graduate degree: earn 160 professional development points by an approved local development council under an individual professional development plan, with at least 80 points consisting of college credit
- If you hold a graduate degree: earn 120 professional development points by an approved local development council under an individual professional development plan
If you are seeking another endorsement on your license, eight semester hours of the program through which you are preparing for this endorsement may be applied to your renewal credits.
Reinstatement of Certification
If your Kansas teaching license has expired and you live in Kansas, call the Licensure Review Committee at 785-296-2280 for information on setting up an individual professional development plan. If you worked in an out-of-state school under a valid license/certificate for at least three of the past six years and have achieved a professional level license in that state, you may be eligible for immediate renewal of your expired Kansas license.