While all schools teach history and social studies, history teachers tend to be more specified to middle and high school students. Across the nation, the employment of both middle and high school teachers is expected to grow by eight percent, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read on to find out more about how you can become a history teacher in Kansas.
Requirements for Kansas History Teachers
|Average Salary for Teachers in Kansas (2017)*|| $50,640 (Middle School)
$50,470 (Secondary School)
|Required Degree||Bachelor's Degree|
|Required Field||Secondary Education (History Concentration or Minor)|
|Testing Requirements|| Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5-9 or Grades 7-12,
Praxis Middle School Social Studies or Social Studies: Content Knowledge
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Earn a Degree
If you want to be a history teacher in Kansas, you'll need to earn the History, Government, and Social Studies endorsement. This means you'll be able to teach grades 5-8 and grades 6-12. Since these grades overlap, you'll find that your Kansas education for secondary education often covers teaching at both the middle and high school levels. Some of the courses you'll study include educational psychology, principles of secondary teaching, philosophy of education, teaching the diverse learner, and teaching methods. Of course, you'll spend time in real classrooms with teaching internships. Depending on the college, you may find that you intern at both middle schools and high schools.
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Step 2: Pass the Praxis Exams
The Praxis exams are the most traditional route for earning licensure in Kansas. The Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) tests are divided into grade groupings. If you haven't decided on a specific grade that you want to teach, you may want to sit for both the PLT: Grades 5-9 and the PLT: Grades 7-12 exams. Both exams are set up the same way: you have two hours to complete 70 multiple-choice questions and 4 constructed-response questions. For both exams, you'll need to earn a passing score of 160.
Middle school history teachers will also take the Praxis Middle School Social Studies content area test. You are given two hours to complete 90 multiple-choice questions and three short-essay questions. This test covers five areas: U.S. history, world history, government/civics, geography, and economics. You must earn a score of 155 to pass this exam.
To teach history at the high school level, you'll take the Praxis Social Studies: Content Knowledge exam, which has 130 multiple-choice questions. This exam also must be completed within two hours. The areas addressed are: U.S. history, world history, government/civics/politics, geography, economics, and behavioral sciences. To pass, you must get a grade of 158 or more.
Step 3: Get Fingerprinted
All teachers must be fingerprinted and satisfy a background check before they can be licensed. The fingerprinting card needs to be uploaded to the Kansas CAN website as part of the application process. The background check's fee is $50.
Certification Sources for History Teachers in Kansas
Having all the resources you can will help make the transition from student to teacher that much easier. We have included a few Praxis exam resources to help you prepare.