Amanda HillPSU Educational Licensing Officer
Phone: 620-235-6153Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice: Hughes 110
A Kansas initial (two-year) teaching license or professional (five-year) teaching license may not be renewed more than six months prior to its expiration date!
Renewing First Initial Teaching, School Specialist, or School Leadership License
If you are a first initial license holder and have been unable to complete the prescribed performance assessment to upgrade your initial license to a professional license while employed in a recognized accredited school and in a position covered by your license, you may submit a FORM 20 Application for Kansas Initial Renewal Application with the required fee to renew your first license. The FORM 20 may be submitted immediately preceding the expiration date of your license or at any time within five years of the date it was issued.
For example if your first initial teaching license was issued 01/15/2010 will expire 01/15/2012, you may renew your license between 07/15/2011 and 01/15/2015 but please be aware the date KSDE receives your renewal application becomes the effective date of your second initial teaching license! The second initial (two-year) license does not become effective when your first license expires but again becomes effective the date your renewal application is received! Thus if your application to renew the 01/15/2010-01/15/2012 license is received 07/30/2011 that date becomes the effective date of your second license. The effective date of your second license thus would be 07/30/2011-07/30/2013 and almost six months of the effectiveness of your first initial license will have been lost. It therefore is suggested you not renew your initial license too far in advance of its expiration date.
If you decide not to immediately renew your license, you will need to submit a new fingerprint card for a background check clearance as a background check clearance is required from all applicants who do not hold a currently valid license.
If an application to renew your first initial license is not received within five years of the date the license was issued, one of the following options must be met to access another initial license:
Renewing Second Initial Teaching, School Specialist, or School Leadership License
If you have used both of your initial licenses but employment still has not been found to allow for completion of the prescribed performance assessment to upgrade to a professional license, the requirements to access a "third" initial license are the same as described above in (1) through (5) if an application to renew a first initial license is not received within five years of the date the license was issued.
Renewing Professional Teaching, School Specialist, or School Leadership License
An application to renew your five-year professional teaching, school specialist, or school leadership license may be submitted within six months of its expiration date. The application to renew is the FORM 3a Application for Kansas RENEWAL OF A PROFESSIONAL LICENSE.
With a master's degree, earn 120 professional development points awarded by a Kansas local professional development council under an approved individual development plan
With a master's degree, verify three years of accredited experience during the validity of the license being renewed. This option may be used only twice. If in doubt as to whether this option has been used and if so how many times, check Licensure Lookup on the KSDE web site at
With a bachelor's degree, earn 160 professional development points awarded by a Kansas local professional development council under an approved individual development plan but 80 points must be earned as college credit hours [20 points=1 credit hour]
If completing an approved teaching, school specialist, or school leadership program, apply eight credit hours from the approved program toward renewal (no approved individual development plan required with this option)
Complete all components of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards assessment for National Board Certification
Achieve National Board Certification to move to an accomplished (10-year) teaching license
If you do not reside in Kansas and have no professional development council through which to develop an individual development plan but wish to keep your Kansas license current, you do have the option of applying eight credit hours from an approved teaching, school specialist, or school leadership program toward renewal. This option does not require an approved individual development plan.
If you do not reside in Kansas and choose not to pursue renewal by completing eight credit hours from an approved program, you may work through KSDE and use the state-level Licensure Review Committee as your professional development council. Your first step in this option is to complete a form with which to file an individual development plan with the committee and you may obtain that form by contacting KSDE by telephone at 785-291-3678.
For answers to other questions concerning renewal, please contact the Kansas State Department of Education at 785-291-3678. To develop an individual plan for renewal, please contact the local professional development council in the Kansas district in which you are employed or if not currently employed, contact the local professional development council in the Kansas district where you live.
Please contact PSU Teacher Licensing if you choose to pursue renewal by completing eight credit hours from an approved teaching, school specialist, or school leadership program. The course work to do so will be provided assuming PSU has an approved program for the endorsement or license you are seeking.
Both the FORM 3a Application for Kansas RENEWAL OF A PROFESSIONAL LICENSE and the FORM 20 Application for Kansas INITIAL/CONDITIONAL LICENSE RENEWAL are available from the KSDE web site at