If you have any questions regarding licensure contact, KSDE at:
Teacher Licensure and Accreditation (TLA)
KS State Department of Education
900 SW Jackson St.
Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 291-3678 or (785) 296-2288
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Types of Licenses
Alternate Licensure Programs
Out of State Licensure
Types of Licenses
Kansas offers a variety of licenses for practicing teachers, incoming teachers, and out-of-state teachers. The following is a list of those licenses:
The initial Kansas teaching license (2 years).
A 2nd level license that is maintained through professional development (5 years).
an advanced level license for an individual who has achieved National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) (10 years).
One year nonrenewable
Two year Exchange License
Two year Provisional License
Restricted (Alternative license program)
The following tests are required by the state of Kansas for new teachers to qualify for the initial teaching license:
Completed for all endorsement fields
Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Teachers move from the initial license to the professional license by completing the Kansas Performance Assessment, a teacher work sample.
The following links provide information related to the specific Kansas requirements, obtaining study material to prepare for tests, and locate centers in Kansas for testing.
Kansas Praxis Test Requirements
Kansas Test Centers
Kansas offers test exemptions to the following individuals:
Experienced educators who meet specific experience and licensure requirements Applicants who have completed comparable out-of-state assessment(s) and have achieved licensure in another state. Initial Kansas applicants who are Nationally Board Certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Applicants who were licensed or certified before May 1, 1986.
Alternative Licensure Programs
The following schools offer restricted license programs for individuals seeking alternative license who already hold a degree in a content area that they would like to teach in.
Emporia State University
Fort Hays State University
Pittsburg State University
Wichita State University
Kansas offers a range of initial licenses for individuals who are licensed in other states. Click on the link below to learn more about how to obtain a Kansas licensure.