ESL Certification in Kansas

May 18, 2018

If you want to teach students English as a second language, this article can help. Check out all the education and examination licensing requirements below.

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In Kansas, English as a second language (ESL) teachers can be certified to work with elementary, middle, and secondary school. Depending on the age you want to teach, this guide will help you find the right steps to becoming licensed.

Requirements for Kansas ESL Teachers

Average Salary for Teachers in Kansas (2017)* $50,200 (Elementary)
$50,640 (Middle)
$50,470 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field Education (English as a Second Language Concentration)
Testing Requirements Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6, Grades 5-9, or Grades 7-12, and
English to Speakers of Other Languages

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Your Education

If you want to teach English as a second language, you will need to complete at least a bachelor's degree in Education. Some Kansas colleges offer a focus in the ESL endorsement. The learning portion of your education will include basic teaching courses and more advanced ESL courses. For instance, your course topics for teaching may include intercultural education, teaching strategies, educational technology, learning processes, and assessment methods. Your ESL courses will likely include linguistics, methods for teaching ESL, English grammar, assessing ESL students, building community in the classroom, and managing a diverse classroom.

Teachers can anticipate an education that combines learning with hands-on classroom experience. Student teaching gives students the opportunity to put their knowledge to use and practice any decision-making or problem-solving skills. This is especially important for future ESL teachers, as they need to be comfortable working with diverse students.

Step 2: Pass Praxis Examinations

The first exam for any Kansas teacher is the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam. The specific PLT exam depends on the grade level you intend to teach: Grades K-6, Grades 5-9, or Grades 7-12. All three of these exams are divided into four categories: students as learners; instruction process; assessment; and professional development, leadership and community. Each PLT exam consists of 70 multiple-choice questions and four constructed-response questions. To pass, students must earn a minimum score of 160.

To become certified in the ESL endorsement, you must take the English to Speakers of Other Languages test. You are given 120 minutes to complete 120 multiple-choice questions. Within that test, there are six categories: foundations of linguistics, foundations of language learning, planning and implementation instruction, assessment and evaluation, culture, and professional and advocacy. You must earn a minimum qualifying score of 149.

Step 3: Fulfill Background Check

While teachers are vetted pretty thoroughly during the education and internship process, Kansas still requires a few additional steps. Along with being fingerprinted, prospective teachers must also have a background check. Students must also fill out an application for licensing, and the fingerprinting card must be submitted at the time of the application.

Kansas ESL Teachers Certification Resources

In Kansas, the Praxis exams can be difficult even after completing your education. To rejuvenate your knowledge and help prepare you for the exams, select one of the following links.

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