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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

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  • Ranked 21st among the Best Education Schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Established in 1918 with the mission, “to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally, and globally.”
  • The first major research university to offer an online M.A.  in teaching program.
  • Offers certificate through doctoral programs in teaching, counseling, and more.
  • All programs taught with the guiding principles of leadership, learning, accountability, and diversity.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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  • Ranked among the 2015 Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Awarded 21 institutional scholarships in 2013, totaling over $76,000 in tuition.
  • Offers several certificate programs where students can earn credits without committing to a full degree program.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
  • Part of the Colorado State University System.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
  • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
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  • Ranked among the 2015 Best Regional Universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available for students who qualify.
  • Offers more than 70 majors and programs, as well as several off-campus internships.
  • 94% of students in the 2014-2015 academic year qualified for financial aid.
  • Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
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