Become a Teacher in Kansas

Kansas Highlights

Avg. Elementary School Teacher Salary:$45,490
Avg. Secondary School Teacher Salary:$47,680
Vacation Weeks per Year:15
Pupil/Teacher Ratio:14.4
Expenditure per Pupil:$9,972

Teacher salaries were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson Street
Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 296-3201

Kansas Teacher Shortage Areas

The United States Department of Education defines a Teacher Shortage Area (TSA) as a subject matter or grade level within a state in which there is an inadequate supply of elementary or secondary teachers.  The shortage may be caused by teaching positions that are unfilled or are filled by teachers who have temporary certification or teach in in academic subject other than their area of preparation.  According to a report by the USDE Office of Postsecondary Education, Kansas has the following Teacher Shortage Areas:

  • Special Education
    • Adaptive Special Education
    • Early Childhood Handicapped
    • Functional Special Education
    • Hearing Impaired
    • Visually Impaired
  • Gifted

Steps to Becoming a Teacher in Kansas

Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information 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: 11/3/2016

To earn an initial teaching certification in the state of Kansas, teaching candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Step One: Complete a bachelor’s degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
  • Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program.
  • Step Three: Pass required exams.
  • Step Four: Submit a Kansas teaching credential application.

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Earn Your Kansas Teaching Credential

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 2 years), Professional (requiring a performance assessment and valid for 5 years), and Accomplished (valid for 10 years; teachers must have achieved National Board Certification® from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards).  Visit the Kansas Department of Education Teacher Licensure and Accreditation page to learn more about getting your Kansas teaching credential.

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Step One: 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 include 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.

Step Two: 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 on the Kansas Department of Education Preparation Programs and Institutions page.

Step Three: Required Tests for Kansas

Most states require tests to show competency in Basic Skills, as well as in the desired Subject Area. Kansas requires only 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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The Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT) is for aspiring teachers who want to gain the skills and knowledge they need to become great educators.

The online Master of Science in Teaching program prepares aspiring teachers (grades 1-6) for initial teaching certification or dual certification in teaching and special education.

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Alternative Teacher Certification in Kansas

Kansas offers a Restricted Teaching License Alternative Pathway,  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.  Veterans may also be eligible for the Troops to Teachers program.

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Benefits of a Master's Degree 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 degree in the field of education 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 may be able to achieve better results in the classroom and have more job security and higher pay.

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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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Financial Aid in Kansas

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

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Kansas Teacher Salary and Incentives

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average teacher in Kansas makes $47,464 per year. Salaries in Kansas vary by county and school district. You can find more information on Kansas teacher salaries on the Kansas Department of Education website.

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Kansas Teacher Benefits and Retirement

The Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (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 10 years of service, or at age 65 with 5 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 Kansas Department of Education Professional Learning page.

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 Education Employment Board maintains the Kansas Teaching Jobs website. It provides teachers with up-to-date open teaching positions, allowing them to apply online.

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