Like most states, Kansas requires that their teachers complete at least a bachelor degree program, a teacher preparation program and obtain certification and licensure. There are more than 30 accredited colleges in Kansas that offer some sort of teaching programs. Here is an overview of a few of the top schools and what they can offer as well some general information on teaching in Kansas.
Kansas has three levels of certification. The initial level, which is good for two years, is for an individual just starting out as a teacher. The professional level, good for five years, requires the teacher complete a performance assessment. The accomplished level, which is good for ten years, is for teachers that are nationally certified through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Bachelor and master degree teaching programs can be found at Emporia State University, Friends University, University of Kansas, Kansas State University, and Pittsburgh State University to name just a few. ESU offers a couple of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education programs. One is aimed at students with an associate degree or those that hold a non-teaching bachelor degree while another is a four-year completion program that the student starts at a community college and finishes at the university.
Friends University offers bachelor degree programs in art education; elementary education; physical education teacher education; math education and music education. These four-year programs include coursework and internships. Kansas State University offers bachelor degrees in elementary education and secondary education with concentrations in English, modern languages, mathematics, science, social science and special education.
ESU offers a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, a Master of Education in Teaching and a Master of Science in Educational Administration. The MS in Curriculum and Instruction offers concentrations in effective practitioner; curriculum leadership; and National Board Certification. ESU also offers master degree programs in Instructional Specialist – Reading Specialist PK-12; Instructional Specialist-Elementary STEM; Special Education; Teaching; TESOL and Early Childhood Unified.
A Master of Education and Learning degree, consisting of courses and workshops, is offered both on campus and online through Friends University. KSU’s master degree programs are offered in adult and continuing education; curriculum and instruction; educational leadership; school counseling; academic advising; special education; and college student development.
Barclay College has an online elementary education bachelor degree program that prepares students to teach grades K-6. A Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program is offered online through Emporia State University. Students in this program, which is also offered on campus, can choose from the following areas of study: information literacy, community leadership, communication, and problem solving/decision making.
ESU also offers the first year courses for its bachelor degree program online. An online bachelor degree in education and several master degree programs are also offered online through ESU. Pittsburgh State University and University of Kansas both offer various online master degree teaching and educational programs.
Emporia State University offers several certification and licensure programs including early childhood unified birth-8; English as a second language; gifted, talented and creative; and various types of post-baccalaureate licensure programs. A coaching endorsement is offered through KSU for students wishing to coach in high schools or for the community.
KSU also offers endorsements for licensure in the following areas: English as a second language; adaptive and functional special education; school counselor license; reading specialist license; and leadership licenses.