Routes to Becoming a Teacher
This route requires completion of all content (major) coursework, education coursework, and a semester of student teaching prior to obtaining a teaching license. This is the only option for students seeking to become an Elementary Education or Early Childhood Unified teacher. Within this route, there is an option to apply to the Residency Program as a paraprofessional. These two programs are available entirely online from Fort Hays State University. Middle level or secondary education teachers can choose to complete this traditional route or the Transition to Teaching route. Business Education is the only secondary education program offered entirely online in the traditional route.
Alternative Licensure (Transition to Teaching)
This route requires the candidate to hold a bachelor's degree or higher in a specific content area or have enough coursework to be equivalent to having a major in a content area. The candidate must be hired under contract in Kansas to teach the subject they qualify for in order to enter the program. The education classes are taken online while teaching. More information about Transition to Teaching is available at the T2T tab.
Additional Endorsements Added to a Teaching License
All of the graduate education programs can be added to an existing Kansas teaching license or to qualify for a Leadership or School Specialist license. Secondary education endorsements can be added to an existing Kansas teaching license through testing only. To see the tests Kansas requires, go to www.ets.org/praxis and click on Kansas requirements.
Coursework for Traditional Programs
The programs listed under the Undergraduate column lead to an Initial Teaching License. The coursework under Professional Studies for Secondary Majors is required of all of the secondary education programs in the list.
The programs listed under the Graduate column are add-ons once an Initial Teaching License has been obtained.
*all are offered online unless noted
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.
- Protection Collection
- Instructions for Completing the Background Check
- Admission to Teacher Education Requirements
- Licensure Forms - Teacher Education Admission, Student Teaching and Waivers
- Professional Introduction Video Guidelines
- Professional Liability Insurance
- The College of Education
requires all candidates to have current professional liability
insurance at admission to teacher education. Candidates must
provide verification by submitting documentation to the Licensure Office.
Implementation policy January 1, 2016 - August 15, 2016
Candidates meeting requirements for admission to teacher education by August 15, 2016 will NOT need to meet the liability insurance requirement for admission to teacher education. However, schools or instructors of early field experience or internships may require it for their purposes. K-NEA's enrollment period begins June 1 with coverage effective September 1 through August 31. Information regarding other insurance options is available above.
Admission to Student Teaching
Student teaching is usually completed the last semester before graduation. Requirements to be met for admission to student teaching are:
- Admission to Student Teaching Requirements
- Application for Student Teaching
- Professional Liability Insurance - The College of Education requires all candidates to have current professional liability insurance during all student teaching experiences. Candidates must provide verification of current professional liability insurance to the Office of Professional Services through their TK20 Student Teaching Application. To meet this requirement, see options below.