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We've put together a step-by-step guide for KS would-be teachers.

Standard Kansas Teacher Certification

  1. Earn your Bachelors Degree from an accredited school
  2. Teacher Prep: This includes prep courses, student teaching, and other types of internships. To receive a KS teaching Certification, you must have experience in the classroom, even if it’s not paid.
  3. Pass the content area tests (subject area). See tests and requirements for details. You will also need to pass the Pedagogy Assessment (PLT)
  4. Request fingerprint card
  5. 160 days of experiences within last 5 years
  6. Call (515) 281-3245 for a fingerprint package
  7. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application (teacher preparation school)
    • Check/money order payable to Bd. Of Educational Examiners
    • Official transcripts, degrees, and school credits
    • Copies of all test scores
    • Mail to:
      Teacher Ed and Licensure
      KS State Department of Education
      120 SE 10th Avenue
      Topeka, KS 66612-1182
      (785)291-3678
  8. Do you want to renew your Kansas Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for the Kansas Teacher Certification

Alternatively, there is another path you can take to get your teaching credentials in Kansas which allows you to start teaching before you complete the teacher education program.

  1. Obviously you must still earn your Bachelors Degree from an accredited university. Ideally, you should always continue your education in efforts to earn a Master’s degree.
  2. Request fingerprint card
  3. Job offer from Kansas School District
  4. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application
    • $36 Check/money order payable to Kansas State Department of Education
    • Official Transcripts of all degrees and credits you have earned
    • Fingerprint card
    • Also, include copies of all test scores
    • Mail to:
      Teacher Ed and Licensure
      KS State Department of Education
      120 SE 10th Avenue
      Topeka, KS 66612-1182
      (785) 291-3678

Teaching Schools in Kansas

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