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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