How to Become a Preschool Teacher in Kansas

Jan 02, 2019

There were roughly 2,300 preschool teachers currently employed in Kansas in 2017. With the nationwide employment rate for this career expected to increase through 2026, this is may be the time to become a preschool teacher. Below, we'll look at the path to become a preschool, or pre-k, teacher.

Requirements for Kansas Preschool Teachers

Average Salary for Preschool Teachers in Kansas (2017)* $29,990
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Required Field Unified Early Childhood
Testing Requirements Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood,
Praxis Education of Young Children

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Degree

All future teachers who want to become licensed in Kansas must earn a bachelor's degree. Those wanting to work with preschool children should seek a degree in unified early education. These programs combine hands-on experience in the classroom with learning. Some course subjects you may find in Kansas colleges include constructing curriculum, introductory linguistics, instructional approaches, literacy for primacy grades, and assessment strategies in early education. You'll also need a comfortable background in teaching math, writing, reading, and other typical subjects to young children. Of course, student teaching is a must with college programs to help transition your skills into a real classroom environment. Some colleges offer master's degree programs in the same major should you wish to continue your education.

Step 2: Complete Testing Requirements

The first exam you'll need to take is the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood test. You are given two hours to complete 70 selected-response questions and four constructed-responses. The test is broken down into five areas: students as learners; instructional process; assessment; professional development leadership, and community; and analysis of instructional scenarios. In order to pass this exam, you must earn a score of at least 160.

The second test, a content area test, is also given by Praxis. For preschool teachers, you'll want to take the Education of Young Children exam. You are given 150 minutes to complete the 120 selected-response and three constructed-response questions. This test is broken down into six testing areas: childhood development and learning; observation, documentation, and assessment; developmentally appropriate practices; professionalism, family, and community; content pedagogy, and knowledge; and knowledge of teaching. This exam also requires a minimum passing score of 160.

Step 3: Apply for Initial Licensing

On the Kansas CAN website, you will need to create an account to fill out an electronic application for licensing. Along with paying the fee and filling out the application, you'll need to be fingerprinted for a background check. While Praxis scores will be sent directly to the Board of Education, you may have other documents to upload, such as your fingerprint card or transcripts.

Certification Sources for Kansas Preschool Teachers

Becoming a preschool teacher in Kansas means that you'll be taking the Praxis in some capacity. Below are some links to help you prepare and practice for your exam.

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