Guide to Becoming a Teacher in Kansas
For aspiring Kansas teachers, ToBecomeATeacher.org has all the information you’ll need to pursue your career goal. This page describes the key steps you’ll need to take to become a licensed Kansas teacher and obtain a teaching position that meets your professional expectations.
1. Choosing a Program: The first step is to find a teaching program that supports your budget and short- and long-term career goals.
- Finding an appropriate program that fits your needs is a critical first step. To ensure you select a program that meets your needs, it is important to ask the right questions. What is important to you as a student? Are you concerned about the cost of the program or the amount of debt you might incur? Are you concerned about the program’s graduation rate or reputation? Does the program’s location matter to you?
2. Planning for Licensure in Kansas: In Kansas, you will need a minimum of a bachelor degree and an appropriate post-graduate degree in education. You will also need to write and pass the state’s applicable certification exams.
3. Entering the Workforce: Once you’ve completed your education and passed the applicable exams, you can launch your teaching career in Kansas.
- At this point, it is important to consider the type of teaching environment in which you hope to work? Are you interested in working in a rural or urban context? Are you interested in working in a high-needs school? What are your salary expectations? During this stage of the process, you should also keep developing your resume, expanding your education by engaging in professional development activities for teachers, and gaining additional teaching experience. This will help you to enter the market with a competitive edge.
Choosing an Education Program in Kansas
ToBecomeATeacher.org understands that choosing the right program can be challenging. For this reason, we have streamlined the process. A complex algorithmic tool was used to review, test and document top education programs across the state. Using 2015 data, our team has analyzed total expense, student-to-faculty ratios, graduation rates, potential earnings, return on investment and much more.
Every school ToBecomeATeacher.org lists below is committed to the pursuit of excellence and has shown exemplary dedication to education of the highest caliber. These programs are among the state’s very best. Find out which ones stand above the rest and best match your own priorities by reviewing the information posted below.
Ranking Factors Explained
Our ranking data is based upon Collegescorecard.gov, IPEDS, and the Carnegie Foundation data sets.
How to Become a Teacher in Kansas
There are several ways to obtain a teacher license in Kansas; below we outline the three most common pathways:
- Pathway 1: The most common pathway is to complete a bachelor’s degree and a teacher preparation program at one of Iowa’s many colleges or universities and to write and pass the state’s applicable Praxis exams.
- Pathway 2: Another common option–available to science, math, engineering, computer science, accounting and finance specialists only–is to pursue a STEM license. Because Kansas is currently experiencing a shortage of qualified STEM teachers, candidates with degrees in these subject fields who pass the applicable Praxis exams can work full-time in a Kansas school while completing their required pedagogy coursework (they are given one year to complete the additional courses).
- Pathway 3: Candidates who hold a teaching license from another U.S. state and have an job offer in Kansas can apply for a license through the state’s reciprocal agreement program.
What is the job outlook for teaching careers in the state of Kansas?
In 2015, there were 1,480 kindergarten teachers, 14,070 elementary teachers, 5,860 middle school teachers and 9,920 secondary school teachers statewide. In contrast to many U.S. states, Kansas is currently experiencing a major teacher shortage. The most dire situation is in STEM fields; in response, the state has already created incentives to help recruit candidates with STEM degrees to the teaching profession. However, STEM subjects are not the only subjects where teacher shortages continue to pose staffing problems in the state’s schools. Partly due to public school teachers leaving Kansas to teach in states where compensation is higher, teacher shortages remain a problem at all levels of the school system statewide.
What resources do teachers have to help them during their careers in Kansas?
- The main governing body for education in the Kansas State Department of Education; the Kansas State DOE’s website includes links to state information on testing, educational policies and funding.
- Kansas teachers are represented by several teacher organizations, including the Kansas Association of American Educators and the Kansas National Education Association.
- For job seekers, Kansas Teaching Jobs offers links to job postings and advice on how to prepare your application.
- Subject-based organizations for teachers in Kansas include Kansas Association of Teachers of Science and the Kansas Art Education Association.
What online programs are available to potential teachers in the state of Kansas?
The Kansas State University Global Campus is home to several online degree programs, including one in early childhood education. They also offer an online master’s program in educational leadership. Fort Hays State University offers an online Transition to Teaching program to help candidates who already hold a bachelor’s degree make the leap to teaching. Baker University offers a hybrid program designed to help professionals enter the classroom.