Applying for Kansas Licensure
It is recommended that everyone who completes the MAT applies for a Kansas teaching license. The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) requires all teachers to pass the PRAXIS pedagogy test and a content test. Specific requirements are found at PRAXIS Kansas Test Requirements.
- Elementary Licensure
MAT Elementary (P-6) students must pass the Elementary Education Content Knowledge for Teaching Test (PRAXIS 7811).
- Secondary Licensure
MAT Secondary Students (6-12) must pass the appropriate content test as a requirement of admission.
When you register for the Praxis tests, you will be asked where you want your test scores sent. Be sure to enter the KSU-Manhattan score recipient code (6334). If you are taking the test outside of Kansas, you will also want to have the scores sent to the Kansas State Department of Education (7270) as well as the state department of the state where you plan to teach.
KSDE requires that all teachers complete their KBI/FBI background check. You can order fingerprint cards from the KSDE website. As an applicant for a Kansas teaching license, you should be aware that the application requests information on prior felonies and diversion agreements. Conviction of certain misdemeanors and all felonies may result in denial of licensure. Questions about this should be addressed to the Diane Murphy, College of Education Licensing Officer, at 785-532-5524 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application for Initial Teaching License
To receive a Kansas teaching license, those who have completed an appropriate teacher education program must submit an application for the initial teaching license through the Center for Student Success and Professional Services. The KSDE license application form should be submitted online AFTER May 1 for May completers.
Obtaining Licensure in Your State
Kansas is a part of National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) maintains reciprocal teacher certification agreements with all 50 states and US Territories.
Transferring your Kansas Teaching License to Other States
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Click on a state below to be directed to information about licensure transfer requirements.