Sometimes, you decide to become a teacher later in life, after you've already gone to school or had a career. These are the times when licensing through alternative paths is best. Below we'll look at some of the alternative licensing methods offered in Kansas.
Requirements for Kansas Teachers
|Average Salary for Teachers in Kansas*|| $50,640 (Middle School)
$50,470 (Secondary School)
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Required Field||Various topics|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis exam in content area|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017)
If you have a degree in one of the STEM subjects, then you can become a valuable teacher in Kansas. The STEM subjects are science, technology, engineering, and math. These subjects are considered unique because not as many students choose these topics, and more importantly not as many women and minorities. They are also very important with our ever-changing technological world. So, what can you do if you already have a bachelor's degree in a STEM subject?
Though only a bachelor's degree is required, a graduate degree in a STEM subject can also be quite useful. You'll find that with a STEM teaching license, you'll work with middle and high school students. So long as you have your degree, you'll need five years of professional experience in that area. If you do not have the required five years of experience, you'll need to get a restricted teaching license.
Restricted Teaching License
For those with a degree in a non-STEM subject, such as English or history, you will need to seek out a restricted teaching license. You must take the same Praxis exams that other teachers in that subject do. For instance, a psychology teacher must pass the Praxis Psychology exam. Test takers are given two hours to complete 120 multiple-choice questions for this exam. While this specific exam requires a passing score of 154, each test is different. Teachers then have two years to complete pedagogical courses while teaching full-time. With this license, you can teach grades 8-12.
CTE, or career and technical education, are those subjects that are skill-based. Often considered trade subjects, teachers must have five years of experience, plus an industry credential. This is for the full-time teachers. Should you wish to only work part time, you need to only prove your industry expertise with two years of experience, a license, or an industry credential. This license is valid for three years. If you would like to earn full certification for this (five years), you must also complete pedagogy course while teaching full time. You will be eligible to teach grades 8-12.
Regardless of the licensure path chosen, all teaching candidates must submit their fingerprints and pass a criminal background check. A fee of $50 is assessed for the background check, which is conducted by both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
Certification Resources for Kansas Teachers
Most teachers seeking an alternative license do not need to take part in Praxis exams. However, for those who do want to, or will later plan on expanding their teaching areas, it is always a good idea to be prepared. Below is a resource to help you study for Praxis exams.