How to Become a Teacher in Kansas

Figuring out how to become a teacher in Kansas starts with the basics: You’ll need to map out a plan for earning a bachelor degree, completing a state-approved teacher-training program and passing required certification testing.

Applicants for teaching licenses must submit proof they have met all requirements to the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) along with a fee. They must also submit a fingerprint card with their application and agree to a criminal background check.

Basic Requirements to Teach in Kansas

  • All teachers must earn a bachelor degree.
  • If you want to teach in an elementary school, you must complete an elementary education teacher-preparation program approved by the state.
  • To teach in a middle or secondary school, you have to complete a state-approved program in the subject matter you plan to teach.

You can complete your teacher education while earning your a bachelor degree. The KSDE maintains a list of schools with approved teacher-education programs.

Testing Rules

All candidates must:

  • Pass one of the four Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) tests.
  • Pass the Praxis II test in the subject matter of the area in which they teach.

Exceptions to Testing Requirement

If you have passed similar tests in another state or can meet certain experience and licensing requirements, you may be exempted from taking the tests. Also, teachers who have been certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards are exempted from taking the tests, as are those who were certified prior to May 1, 1986.

Reciprocity for Teachers Certified in Other States

If you have a teaching credential from another state, you can apply to the Kansas State Board of Education for reciprocity. The licensing board evaluates each application individually. You must submit verification of your education, teaching experience and teacher certificate from the state where you are currently licensed.

Certification Alternatives for Degreed Professionals

  • Kansas has established a Restricted Teaching License Alternative Pathway for degreed professionals who want to change careers and become teachers. The program allows career switchers to begin teaching with a restricted license while completing the required educational courses necessary for becoming fully licensed. This is limited to areas in which there is a specific subject matter need and only for those interested in teaching on the secondary level.
  • The Kansas Teach for America program helps those with bachelor degrees become licensed teachers. This program is designed to tap into leadership that can help improve the quality of the education in Kansas.
  • Mountain Pacific Troops to Teachers program assists military personnel who have bachelor degrees in making the transition from military service to public school teaching. It has grants available to assist in completing the education requirements.

Kansas Teaching Jobs, Salaries and Statistics

The Kansas Education Employment Board (KEEB) posts available teaching jobs online. It is dedicated to recruiting and retaining qualified teachers for all schools in Kansas. It accepts electronic applications and provides detailed information to applicants about how to become licensed. It also provides information on scholarships and grants available for teacher training programs.

Depending on education and years of experience, Kansas teachers earn between $38,000 and $64,000 annually. A master degree in education, which can be obtained through online degree programs, will increase a teacher salary.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job growth for secondary teachers projected through 2020 will be approximately 7 percent, which is is slower than the national average. The slow growth is attributed to a decrease in student-to-teacher ratio requirements. The projected growth will vary depending on geographical location.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Nebraska had 1,470 schools, 483,701 students and 34,643 teachers as of 2011. That means the state has student-to-teacher ratio of 13.96-to-1, well below the national average of 15.97-to-1.