Become a Teacher in Kansas


Kansas State Department of Education

120 SE 10th Avenue Topeka, KS 66612

(785) 296-3201

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            Earn Your Kansas Teaching Credential

            Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/06/2015

            To earn your Kansas teaching credential you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program. Kansas issues three types of license: Initial (for a teacher’s first two years), Professional (requiring a performance assessment and valid for five years), and Accomplished (valid for ten years and “only available to teachers who have achieved National Board Certification® from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.”)  Learn more here about getting your Kansas Teaching Credential.

            Learn more about getting your teaching credential.

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            Prerequisite Coursework in Kansas

            All states require that prospective teachers have at least a Bachelor’s Degree and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program to receive certification.  Some states also have specific course and credit-hour requirements.

            Teacher education programs generally consist of two elements—curricula and fieldwork. Curricula generally includes instruction on teaching fundamental skills, pedagogy (the science of teaching) and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. Fieldwork often includes field observations, internships, student teaching or a combination of all three. Check with your teacher preparation program or the Department of Education for more information about specific requirements.

            Kansas does not list specific course or credit hour requirements, but every college or university teacher preparation program will have requirements of its own. Contact your teacher preparation program or the Department of Education for more information.

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            Required Tests for Kansas

            Most states require tests to show competency in Basic Skills as well as in the desired Subject Area. Kansas does not require a basic skills test. Just the Praxis II: Subject Tests in your specialty area and the Praxis II PLT (Principles of Learning and Teaching) test.

            You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting the Praxis information page provided by Teachers Test Prep, where you can also access free online Praxis Practice Tests and Praxis Study Guides, plus a variety of paid Praxis Test Prep options for those who need additional help, including live prep classes, one-on-one tutoring, and on-demand online prep.

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            Kansas Teacher Certification Programs

            Teacher Certification Programs can be taken online or on-site. They typically include an educational theory and classroom skills seminar and a fieldwork component of student teaching in the area.  A list of accredited teacher preparation programs in Kansas can be found here.

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            Alternate Teacher Certification in Kansas

            Kansas offers a Restricted Teaching License Alternative Pathway which is designed to help career professionals with the appropriate prerequisite coursework easily transition to teaching. The restricted license allows professionals to teach in secondary level content areas or at all levels in certain subject areas while working towards applying for a full Kansas teaching license.

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            Certification Reciprocity in Kansas

            Interstate reciprocity is a program that allows teachers certified in one state to teach in another state. To find out which other state teaching licenses can be used in Kansas, visit the reciprocity page . Or, for more specific questions about your situation, contact the Kansas Department of Education.  

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            Benefits of a Master's in Education in Kansas

            It is no longer enough to just have years of experience for teaching. After No Child Left Behind and other academic quantification measures, the careers of teachers increasingly depend on their results in the classroom. A Master's in Teaching will give you more educational theory and classroom skills, as well as more hands-on student teaching experience with a mentor. After a Master's program, you will be able to achieve better results in the classroom and have more job security and higher pay.

            In the Wichita Public Schools, a Master’s degree will enable you to earn $2,300-$4,400 per year more than teachers lacking advanced degrees, depending on your length of experience.

            Learn more about the Benefits of a Master's in Education.

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            Master's in Education Financial Aid

            Kansas residents are eligible for the  Applegate/Jackson/Parks Future Teacher Scholarship as well as the TEACH Grant, a grant which gives financial aid to students in return for an agreement to teach in a high-need school.

            Learn more about how to finance your Master's degree.

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            Kansas Teacher Salary and Incentives

            The average teacher in Kansas makes $43,265 per year, which is 104% of the state average income. Salaries in Kansas vary by county and school district. For more specific information on Kansas teacher salaries, you can use the K-12 data reports from the Kansas Department of Education.

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            Kansas Teacher Benefits and Retirement

            The Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, or KPERS was established in 1961 for all Kansas public employees, which includes teachers. Depending on what tier their retirement plan falls into, members may retire as early as 55 if they have at least ten years of service, or at age 65 with five years of service. Kansas offers teachers other benefits such as health care, dental care, annual and sick leave, surviving spouse support and job promotion opportunities.

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            Professional Development for Teachers in Kansas

            Kansas’ Professional Development plans include goals to continually educate teachers and ensure they have the most current knowledge and skills to best educate students. Kansas’ Professional Development goals and ideas are explained more thoroughly on the Professional Development Page on the department of education’s website.

            In order to renew a professional license, teachers must complete 120 Professional Development Points if they hold an advanced degree and 160 Professional Development points without an advanced degree.

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            Kansas Teaching Jobs

            The Kansas Department of Education runs an Employment page that compiles a number of educator job posting sites. The most useful job site for teachers would be, a site where teachers can make a profile and apply to jobs from all across the state.

            Learn more about finding a teaching job.

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            Kansas Teacher Certification Information & Links

            Kansas Department of Education Kansas Department of Education – Educator Certification and Licensure Kansas Public Employees Retirement System