Kansas Teacher Certification Application Information and Instructions
To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, students completing a bachelor’s degree, a post baccalaureate certification or a Master of Special Education degree must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript. Students who are pursuing a Master of Teaching degree must have marks of "passed” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include any program required Praxis exams as well as all state required exams.
Initial Utah License Required: WGU students who want to apply for teacher licensure in Kansas need to first license in Utah after completing their teacher preparation program, and then apply for a reciprocal license in Kansas. You must have a valid background clearance on file with the USBE for Utah licensure, and cannot license if your background check has expired or been revoked.
Step 1: Follow the instructions to apply for initial certification in Utah. The USBE and WGU must have copies of all exam scores on file before your license can be completed. Once you receive your UT teaching license, you may apply for a reciprocal certificate in the state of Kansas by following the next steps.
Step 2: Use this link to request a fingerprint card. Upon receipt of your card, have your fingerprints completed according to the enclosed instructions.
Step 3: Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts, see WGU Transcript Request. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. MAT students may request a transcript after completing the teacher preparation portion of their MAT program. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet.
Step 4: Download the initial out of state application and complete all applicable sections. For step 4 on page 3, indicate that Form 2a will be sent electronically as an email attachment (unless you prefer our office mails it to you directly).
Step 5: Fill out your personal information in Section A of the Verification of Educator Preparation Program form (Form 2a) on page 9, and send it to the WGU Teacher Licensure Officer at the contact information below. Email submissions are preferred. Attachments should be in PDF format.
The KSDE accepts the Form 2a by email directly from the Licensure Office or by paper application. Unless you request a paper copy to be mailed to you, the Licensure Office will email the Form 2a directly to the KSDE on your behalf.
If you have not already reported your Praxis pedagogy exam scores to WGU, you will need to send a copy of those scores to the Certification Officer so the recommendation can be completed.
Step 6: Only complete the Verification of Accredited Experience form on p.11 if you have experience as a licensed educator teaching in an accredited school.
Step 7: Compile your complete application packet:
1. Completed fingerprint card and $50 background check fee. Do not combine this fee with the license application fee; payment must be made separately.
2. Application form,
3. Official transcripts,
4. Completed Educator Preparation Program Form 2a (only if Licensure Office did not email form to KSDE),
5. Copy of your Utah teaching license,
6. Verification of Accredited Experience form, if applicable,
7. Original Praxis score report documenting passing scores on the required content and pedagogy exams,
8. Application fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to KSDE. Do not combine this fee with the background check fee; payment must be made separately.
Step 8: Mail your completed application packet to:
Kansas State Department of Education
Teacher Licensure and Accreditation
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson, Suite 106
Topeka, KS 66612
Article Number : 19654, 1643