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Teacher Licensing Contact

Amanda Hill
PSU Educational Licensing Officer

Phone:  620-235-6153
Email: ahill@pittstate.edu
Office:  Hughes 110

Types of Kansas Licenses

Initial Teaching License
Entry-level teaching license valid for 2 years and earned by verifying:

  1. completion of a bachelor's degree
  2. completion of an approved teacher education program
  3. a passing score on the prescribed pedagogical assessment (PLT)
  4. a passing score on the prescribed content/subject assessment
  5. completion of eight semester hours of recent credit

Initial School Leadership License
Entry-level building or district leadership license valid for 2 years and earned by verifying:

  1. completion of a master's/graduate degree
  2. completion of an approved graduate-level leadership program
  3. a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale in graduate course work
  4. a passing score on the prescribed school leadership assessment
  5. one year of accredited experience or eight semester hours of recent credit
  6. three years of experience in a state-accredited school while holding a professional teaching or school specialist license
  7. a currently valid professional teaching license

Initial School Specialist License
Entry-level library media, reading specialist, or school counselor license valid for 2 years and earned by verifying:

  1. completion of a master's/graduate degree
  2. completion of an approved graduate-level school specialist program
  3. a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale in graduate course work
  4. a passing score on the prescribed school specialist assessment
  5. one year of accredited experience or eight semester hours of recent credit
  6. a currently valid professional teaching license

Professional Teaching License
Professional-level teaching license valid for 5 years and earned by verifying:

  1. successful completion of the teaching performance assessment prescribed by the state board within the validity of an initial teaching license

Professional School Leadership License
Professional-level license permanently attached to a 5-year professional teaching license and earned by verifying:

  1. successful completion of the school leadership performance prescribed by the state board during the validity of an initial school leadership license

Professional School Specialist License
Professional-level license permanently attached to a 5-year professional teaching license and earned by verifying:

  1. successful completion of the school specialist performance prescribed by the state board during the validity of an initial school specialist license

Provisional Teaching License Excluding Special Education
Valid for 2 years and earned by verifying:

  1. a currently valid initial or professional teaching license
  2. completion of 50% of an approved teacher education program in the requested subject area endorsement field
  3. a deficiency plan from the licensing officer of a teacher education institution to complete the approved program
  4. employment in the assignment to teach in the subject area endorsement field in which the provisional license is sought

Provisional Special Education Teaching License
Valid for 2 years and earned by verifying:

  1. a currently valid initial or professional teaching license
  2. completion of course work in methodology and characteristics of  exceptional children and special education and completion of a practicum in the specific special education endorsement field
  3. a deficiency plan from the licensing officer of a teacher education institution to complete the approved program
  4. employment in the assignment to teach in the special education endorsement field  in which the provisional license is sought

Provisional School Specialist License
Valid for 2 years and earned by verifying:

  1. a currently valid professional teaching license
  2. completion of 50% of an approved school specialist program
  3. a deficiency plan from the licensing officer of a teacher education institution to complete the approved program
  4. employment in the school specialist assignment in which the provisional license is sought

Accomplished Teaching License
Valid for 10 years and earned by verifying:

  1. successful achievement of national board certification
  2. a currently valid professional teaching license

Emergency Substitute Teaching License
Valid until June 30 following its issuance and earned by verifying completion of 60 semester hours of college course work

One-Year Nonrenewable Teaching License
Valid until June 30 following its issuance and allows one to accept a full-time position for one school year without having taken and/or passed the prescribed pedagogical (PLT) and content/subject assessments and earned by verifying:

  1. completion of a bachelor's degree
  2. completion of an approved teacher education program
  3. completion of eight semester hours of recent credit

Restricted Teaching License
Valid up to 3 years and earned by providing:

  1. an official transcript or transcripts verifying completion an undergraduate or graduate degree in the content/subject area in which the restricted license is sought or completion of a degree with equivalent course work
  2. verification of a minimum 2.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale for the most recent 60 semester credit hours earned
  3. verification of a passing score on the content assessment required by the state board of education
  4. documentation of the following:
    1. the local education agency will employ the applicant if the license is issued
    2. the local education agency will assign a licensed teacher with three or more years of experience to serve as a mentor for the applicant; and
    3. a supervised practical training experience has been completed through collaboration of the teacher education institution and the hiring local education agency
  5. a statement from the licensing officer of a Kansas teacher education institution attesting to the following:
    1. the applicant has on file a written plan that will qualify the applicant for full licensure in the content/subject area in which the restricted license is sought
    2. the plan for program completion can be completed in not more than three years and contains a specific designation of the course work to be completed each year
    3. the program provided to the applicant will meet the institution's approved professional education standards
    4. the institution will provide the applicant with on-site support at the employing local education agency, including supervision of the applicant's teaching experience; and
    5. the institution has collaborated with the employing local education agency concerning the applicant's program

Substitute Teaching License
Valid for 5 years and earned by verifying a previously held Kansas certificate or license OR by verifying:

  1. completion a bachelor's degree
  2. completion of an approved teacher education program in Kansas or another state

Transitional License
Valid for one year and nonrenewable and earned by verifying a previously held Kansas certificate, initial/conditional license, or professional license (allows someone previously certified or licensed to accept a full-time position for one school year while completing renewal requirements)