Students desiring to become teachers have two basic routes available to them. To become an Early Childhood Unified (Birth to Age 8) or Elementary Education (K-6) teacher, a candidate will need to complete a traditional program that involves a semester of student teaching after all of the major and pedagogical courses are completed. For teaching at the middle or high school levels, the traditional program can also be completed or the Transition to Teaching (T2T) path. The Transition to Teaching program requires that a person have a bachelor's degree or higher or equivalent coursework to a major in a content area and are employed to teach in Kansas in that area. They then take the education courses online while teaching.
Admission to Teacher Education
IMPORTANT: Candidates applying to the Teacher Education program must complete a Background Check. Candidates applying for student teaching must complete a Background Check if they have not previously completed one. Verification of a currently valid Kansas Emergency Substitute License will be accepted in place of the Background Check.
Continuation in Education Restricted Courses and/or Student Teaching
Policy G.4 Continuation in Education Restricted Courses and/or Student Teaching was revised to allow a one semester probationary period, rather than a full year. If requirements are not met during the probationary
period, the candidate is dropped from the program immediately. They can apply for reinstatement after laying out of education classes for one semester.
Admission to Student Teaching
Student teaching is usually done the last semester before graduation. Requirements to be met for admission to student teaching are:
Initial Licensure Requirements
Once a program has been completed, then a candidate can make application to the Kansas State Department of Education for their teaching license. The following must be met:
- Completion of an approved teacher education program with all course and program requirements including a passing score on the KSDE Kansas Performance Teaching Portfolio (KPTP)
- Completion of a baccalaureate degree program
- Approval from the department chair or designated advisor in the area of teaching
- Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 and a 2.75 GPA in the teaching field
- Meet cutoff score of 160 on the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test
- Pass subject area assessment for each endorsement area desired
- KBI/FBI fingerprint check for criminal history records
- Completion of KSDE Form 1 "Application for Kansas Initial License" submitted online at https://online.ksde.org/authenticationpublic/, along with an application fee. KSDE Licensure Fees
Mrs. Kerry Schuckman
Rarick Hall 220B
B.S. in Business Administration-Marketing,
Kansas State University, 1982
Worked for various marketing and marketing research firms in Dallas and Kansas City before moving to Hays.
Employed in FHSU College of Education and Technology since 1990 -- Licensure Officer since 1994.