Initial Teaching License (KS)

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Initial Teaching License (KS)

Description
The Initial Teaching License permits teachers to teach in the approved subject field.
License Valid for 2 years
Employment: Not Required

Reciprocity
The following states may accept this route:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

State Information
State: Kansas
Contact Name: Teacher Licensure Consultant
Contact Phone: 785-296-2288
For more information please visit the state website: http://www.ksde.org/Agency/Division-of-Learning-Services/Teacher-Licensure-and-Accreditation/Licensure/License-Requirements/Initial-License-Requirements

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program

Notes
Recency: Applicant must have at least 8 credit hours or one year of accredited teaching experience completed within the last 6 years

As of 2016, No Basic Skills Exams Required

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program
Student Teaching
Exam(s):

Work Experience
In some states, teachers are required to provide evidence of work experience.
The following is required for this route:
Student Teaching Okay.

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:

Exam(s):

Accept Scores from Out of State

English Language Proficiency: Oral, Written, http://www.toefl.org/

Notes:
Overview of Kansas Testing Requirements
https://www.ets.org/praxis/ks/requirements

No Praxis Subject Matter Exam required for Latin; Applicants must major in Latin.

If the applicant’s first language is not English, they must present verification of competence in both written and spoken English, by obtaining a passing score on an English language proficiency exam.

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Online at: http://www.ksde.org/Agency/DivisionofLearningServices/TeacherLicensureandAccreditation/Licensure/LicenseApplication.aspx

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Teaching License/Certificate/Credential: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required
URL: http://langcred.org/resources/transcript-evaluation/?fwp_agency_accepted_by_states=kansas

Background Check
Required
Printable Form at: http://www.ksde.org/Agency/DivisionofLearningServices/TeacherLicensureandAccreditation/Licensure/FingerprintCardOrderForm.aspx

Renewal: Renewable
Initial licenses are issued for 2 years at a time. Only the Renewal Application is required for teachers who apply within 5 years of the first Initial Teaching License. Renewal requirements must be verified after the second license OR renewal requirements must be documented if more than 5 years have passed between the issuance of any two initial licenses.

For additional information please see http://www.ksde.org/Agency/Division-of-Learning-Services/Teacher-Licensure-and-Accreditation/Licensure/License-Requirements/Renewal-Requirements

The Professional-level teaching license is valid for 5 years and earned by verifying successful completion of the teaching performance assessment prescribed by the state board.

The Accomplished Teaching License is available only if an applicant has completed all requirements for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification. It is valid for 10 years.

Notes:
Background check fee: $50

If this is an applicant’s first Kansas license, he/she will also need to Order a Fingerprint Card and Instructions.

Foreign applicants must have all of official education credentials/transcripts evaluated.
Initial licenses are issued for 2 years at a time. For applicants not eligible to upgrade to the professional license, 4 years under an initial license are allowed before renewal requirements must be met. Renewal requirements must be verified after every 4 years of initial licensure. Renewal requirements must also be documented if more than 5 years have passed between the issuance of any two initial licenses.

The Professional-level teaching license is valid for 5 years and earned by verifying successful completion of the teaching performance assessment prescribed by the state board.

The Accomplished Teaching License is available only if an applicant has completed all requirements for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification. It is valid for 10 years.

GENERAL NOTES FOR THIS ROUTE

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Published On: 3/31/2017 4:37:39 PM


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