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Endorsements for Licensure
Requiring Work Beyond the Bachelor's Degree

A licensed teacher in the State of Kansas can add an endorsement to his/her license. A licensed teacher may have an endorsement in a specific content area which validates that the teacher is qualified or knowledgable in that area. Licensure recommendations are initiated through the Office of Licensure, 13 Bluemont Hall. The College of Education will recommend for licensure individuals satisfying program requirements for the following content areas:

Teaching Endorsements for Licensure

English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

Kansas State University offers Kansas elementary and secondary teachers and administrators the opportunity to complete requirements for an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement on campus or through distance education. Endorsement in many states, including Kansas, also requires a passing score on a PRAXIS exam. For more information, see the ESL Endorsement for Licensure page.

Kansas Endorsements in Special Education
High Incidence (Adaptive) and Low Incidence (Functional) Special Education (Elementary or Secondary) Endorsement

The special education endorsement can be granted to a person who holds a valid Kansas Professional Teaching License for the level (i.e., elementary or secondary) of special education preparation. The endorsement programs for high incidence (adaptive) or low incidence (functional) special education may lead to a master’s degree – specific requirements for these endorsement areas are included in the description for the Special Education Master's Degree. At least half of the credits required for special education endorsement must be earned at K-State, including at least one major course and one practicum, before the College of Education may recommend for special education endorsement.

Specialist Licenses

School Counselor License

There are two options for licensure as a school counselor in Kansas. One option is for individuals who have a Professional Teaching License; the second option, the parallel pathway, is for individuals who do not have a professional teaching license. The parallel pathway option requires additional field experiences over two semesters in schools. You must have a graduate degree, complete the requirements for the School Counselor program with a 3.25 or higher GPA, and pass the PRAXIS II subject assessment test. Like the Teacher License, the Specialist license will begin as an Initial License.

Reading Specialist License

Special licensure requirements exist for K-12 school teachers of special reading classes in Kansas. You must have a graduate degree, complete the requirements for the Reading Specialist program with a 3.25 or higher GPA, have a current Professional Teaching License and pass the PRAXIS II subject assessment test. Like the Teacher License, the Specialist license will begin as an Initial License.

Leadership Licenses

Building Leadership License

This license qualifies you to be a building principal at the PK–12 level. You must have a graduate degree, complete the requirements for the Building Leadership program with a 3.25 or higher GPA, have a current Professional Teaching License and pass the PRAXIS subject assessment test. You must also have 3 years of experience in the school while on a Professional License. Like the Teaching License, you begin your Leadership career with a two-year Initial License.

District Leadership License

This license qualifies you to be a District Superintendent at the PK–12 level. You must have a graduate degree, complete the requirements for the District Leadership program with a 3.25 or higher GPA, have a current Professional Teaching License and pass the PRAXIS subject assessment test. You must also have 3 years of experience in the school while on a Professional License. Like the Teaching License, you begin your leadership career with a two-year Initial License. Students who already hold a master’s degree in educational leadership may apply those degree hours toward this license.

For more information:

Diane Murphy
K-State Licensing Officer
dim@k-state.edu