The Teacher Licensure and Accreditation (TLA) team is responsible for issuing educator licenses, overseeing Kansas K12 accreditation, facilitating the review of educator training programs at all Kansas institutions of higher education and coordinating a process for those institutions that leads to accreditation by the Kansas State Board of Education, and coordinating and supporting professional learning. TLA also houses the Kansas Volunteer Commission, which directs effective national service programs, leads disability inclusion initiatives, and volunteer management training.
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Limited Apprentice License - Pilot Programs for Elementary Education & High Incidence Special Education
What: A State Board of Education approved two-year statewide pilot of alternative pathways for elementary education and high incidence special education. Based on recommendations from the Teacher Vacancy and Supply Committee.
For: District chosen qualified individual based on district needs.
Additional details and application forms available here.
Limited TAP License: Contact Wichita State University regarding the Teacher Apprentice Program (TAP) innovative elementary/early childhood unified program. Wichita State University will provide requirements and forms. The Limited TAP License allows placement in a general education assignment Birth - Grade 6 or a special education assignment at the Birth - Grade 3 level.
Categorical Aid Reimbursement as a professional is available once the Limited Apprentice License for High Incidence Special Education or the Limited TAP License is in effect for teachers placed in appropriate special education assignments.
A new KSDE authenticated application, Mentor Programs is now available. This application is be used to determine which mentor teachers are eligible to receive a prorated mentor stipend for the 2017-18 school year.
Only districts who applied for a mentor grant by entering mentor teachers last fall are eligible to review and validate their eligible mentors. Districts must have an approved mentor plan on file for their mentors to qualify. To review guidance information on mentoring and mentor stipend qualifications, Click here.
The two documents linked below provide a summary of routes to the classroom for individuals.
Routes to the Classroom Routes to the Classroom Chart 2014 Regulation Changes
FINGERPRINT REQUIREMENT CHANGE EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 15, 2014
At their September 2014 meeting, the Kansas State Board of Education adopted regulation changes regarding requirements for a fingerprint based records check. These changes will affect veteran educators who have never submitted fingerprints as part of any previous application for a Kansas certificate or license issued by the Kansas State Department of Education.
EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 15, 2014:
Any person submitting any of the following will ALSO be required to submit AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION, a complete set of fingerprints and the required fee:
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