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The Kansas State Department of Education maintains Kansas teacher credentialing. The state does require for all individuals who wish to become a teacher in the state to sit for the required exams only after obtaining the proper education and teacher preparation. Throughout the process, the state requires that the student meet specific goals. In order to teach in the state of Kansas, in any capacity, individuals must hold a teacher's certificate. The certification process requires that students have the necessary skills to teach properly within the state's requirements.

Get the Right Education

The first step in the process is to obtain the necessary education. Under the state's laws, students must obtain a specific bachelor's degree in an educational program. It is necessary that this level of education come from an accredited school only, which is accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education. The state does not have any specific undergraduate requirements as such, but all students must complete the approved educational courses in order to obtain their education degree within that program.

Getting Prepared to Teach

The next step in becoming a teacher in Kansas is to obtain the necessary teacher preparation. This must be completed through an approved and accredited teacher preparation program. This may be done through the school you obtained your bachelor's degree from or a third party organization. The state requires that this preparation course provide the student with the necessary on-the-job training and skills to research, develop, and implement curriculum education protocol as well as lessons. The goal here is to teach the on-the-job skills necessary to teach properly.

The second portion of this preparation course is on-the-job training through a student teaching program with a local school within the same type of scenario that the student will teach after receiving their degree. The student teaching will be conducted under the guidance and supervision of the certified teacher. Observations, student teaching, and work study are required to obtain your teacher's certificate in the state of Kansas.

Getting Tested

Finally, after all of this education is obtained, the student may then sit for the required tests. In the state of Kansas, the basic skills test is the Pre Professional Skills Test or the PPST. Most teachers will also have an area of specialized competence. In these situations, the teacher must then sit for the Praxis II Subject Test within that level of competence. The student must successfully pass these tests in order to obtain their teaching certification.

Once this is complete, the student may make a formal application with the Kansas State Department of Education. A drug screening and a background check are required in order to obtain your formal certification. Applications must include all formal documentation of your testing scores, your education as well as the documentation of your teacher preparation completion. You will also have to pay an application fee. The state may also require continuing education as you advance in your career. You will need to maintain your teaching certificate.

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