Para 2 Teach Program
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Are you currently employed as a paraeducator? Are you seeking to complete your initial licensure teacher education program? Para 2 Teach is an online program that prepares future educators to teach students in the general education or special education classroom.

Para 2 Teach is designed for working professionals to earn their Elementary Education Unified degree. Graduates are eligible for Kansas teaching licensure in Elementary Education K-6 and Special Education.

The Para 2 Teach program partners with community colleges and P-12 special education interlocals. Leverage your Associate's degree or college credit hours to jumpstart your teaching career while balancing the demands of life.


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  • Para 2 Teach Admission Requirements
  • Para 2 Teach Financial Assistance
  1. Complete admission application for teacher education
  2. Submit recommendations from supervising special education teacher or other educational professionals familiar with your work as a student or paraeducator
  3. Meet basic skills requirements:
    • Meet the state minimum requirement on one of 3 approved assessments for paraeducators (ParaPro Assessment, Paraeducator Online Training (Master Teacher), or WorkKeys OR
    • ACT composite score of 22 or higher OR
    • ACT Subscore of Reading ≥ 16m Writing ≥ 6, and Math ≥ 16 OR
    • SAT combined score of 1120 or higher (for exams taken after March 2016) OR
    • Core scores of Reading ≥ 156, Writing ≥ 162, and Math ≥ 142
  4. Complete EDUC 261 Explorations in Education with a minimum grade of "C"
  5. Complete module requirements (only for students transferring credit for EDUC 261)
  6. Complete the General Education Core Curriculum with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.80
  7. Complete a statement of disclosure
  8. Submit verification of employment as a paraeducator for a minimum of one semester

Para 2 Teach program students are eligible for financial assistance when enrolled for six hours or more in a semester. To qualify, complete your FASFA application (opens October 1st for following academic year). Through FASFA, you may apply for a Pell Grant (based on financial need) or TEACH Grant (awarded to students committed to teaching in a high-need/low-income setting).

Pittsburg State University awards general scholarships. Applications are due November 1st.

Kansas Board of Regents awards scholarships for varying criteria:

  • Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship
  • Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship
  • Kansas Military Service Scholarship
  • Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance 


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Whether you are beginning your career with a Bachelor of Science in Education or want to grow professionally with a Master's Degree or Educational Specialist, we believe this is the place for you! With accredited programs, campus, online and hybrid classes, caring faculty and staff to guide you, you can begin or continue your journey toward a rewarding life in the field of Education and Leadership.

The department offers Alternative Teaching Licensure programs in Special Education and Secondary Education. Certificates that lead to an endorsement to a teaching license in a variety of educational areas are available.

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