Kindergarten is an exciting time for students and a really fun age to teach. In Kansas, there are about 1,400 kindergarten teachers (not including special education teachers), and the number will continue to grow. Here, we'll find out how you can become a kindergarten teacher in Kansas.
Requirements for Kansas Kindergarten Teachers
|Average Salary for Kindergarten Teachers in Kansas (2017)*||$49,120|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Required Field||Elementary Education|
|Testing Requirements|| Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6,
Praxis Elementary Education
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Earn a Degree
Kindergarten is an interesting grade level because it overlaps between both early childhood education and elementary education. The typical educational route you'll want to take is a bachelor's degree program in elementary education. You'll learn a strong background in the basic subjects, like social studies and math. Along with these topics, you'll study human growth and development, learning assessment theory, literacy strategies, early literacy, and linguistics for elementary teachers. You may find courses about technology in the classroom helpful as well. You will cap off your education with student teaching internships, which will allow you to build a portfolio and learn how to manage a real classroom.
Step 2: Complete Testing Requirements
Kansas state uses the ETS Praxis exams to help with licensing. To become a kindergarten teacher, you'll need to take at least two exams. For the Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 exam, you are given 70 multiple-choice questions and 4 constructed-response questions covering five content categories. You must complete the exam within two hours and earn a score of 160 to pass.
The Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment test is your content area exam. This exam covers the basic subjects for teaching: reading, math, science, social studies, and art/music/gym. You are given 130 minutes to complete 120 multiple-choice questions, and you must earn a score of 153 to pass.
Step 3: Apply for Initial Licensing
To apply, you'll need to set up an account on the Kansas CAN website. Here, you'll fill out your application and provide all required information and documentation. An additional requirement for gaining initial licensure is to be fingerprinted. You also need to pay a $50 fee for a KBI and FBI background check and clearance.
Certification Sources for Kansas Kindergarten Teachers
The Praxis exams can be a bit overwhelming at times. It is best to go into the exams as prepared as you possibly can be. For this reason, we've included a few resources to help you study for those tests.