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School Leadership License Requirements

Licenses available

  • District Leadership (superintendent)
  • Building Leadership (principal)
  • Program Leadership (supervisor/coordinator)

Regulations provide for an initial school leadership license (2 years) and a professional school leadership license (5 years).


Building or District Administrator Requirements

  • You must have three years of experience in a state-accredited school while holding a professional level teaching, school specialist or clinical license or a full vocational-technical certificate.
  • You must complete the appropriate approved graduate level school leadership program and hold a graduate degree to qualify for a school leadership license.
  • Contact the licensure officer for a plan of study, including entry requirements into the program. You should not start the program unless you meet the experience requirements described above
  • Complete all program and degree requirements:
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above in your graduate coursework is required.

Complete a School Leadership content test:

School leadership exam administered through Educational Testing Services.
For information on testing: https://www.ets.org/praxis/ks/requirements

                                        THEN

  1. Apply for and receive a conditional school leadership license.
  2. Complete a performance assessment:
    Supervised internship by enrolling in internship credits during your first year of employment in a school leadership position under your conditional license.
  3. Apply for and receive a five –year professional school leadership license.

What are the requirements for a school leadership license?

  • Initial School Leadership License
  • Graduate degree from a regionally accredited college
  • Completion of a graduate level state approved program in school leadership
  • 3.25 cumulative grade point average in graduate coursework
  • Recency - means the applicant must have at least 8 credit hours or one year of accredited experience completed within the last six years
  • A minimum of three years of accredited experience under a valid professional license/certificate
  • School leadership licensure assessment

Professional School Leadership License

  • The administrator must hold a currently valid initial school leadership license.  While holding the conditional/initial license the administrator must complete a perfomance assessment.

Will I have to complete testing requirements for a school leadership license in Kansas?

Are the requirements for a school leadership license the same if I am an experienced administrator coming from out-of-state?

The degree, program, GPA, recency and minimum experience requirements are the same.  However, if you meet specific experience requirements, you may qualify for a professional school leadership license as your initial Kansas license and would be exempt from any testing requirements.  If you do not meet the requirements for a professional school leadership license, you would have to meet all requirements of the initial school leadership license, including completion of a school leadership assessment.

Out-of-state applicant requirements for a professional school leadership license:

  • Graduate degree from a regionally accredited college
  • Completion of a graduate level state approved program
  • 3.25 cumulative grade point average in graduate coursework
  • Recency - means the applicant must have at least 8 credit hours or one year of accredited experience completed within the last six years
  • Three years of accredited experience under a valid professional license/certificate
  • School leadership licensure assessment

AND

  • Successful completion of a school leadership content and performance assessment

OR

  • Three years of recent accredited experience in a school leadership position with a valid professional school leadership license

I want to start a degree program leading to school leadership licensure.  Where do I begin?

You need to contact a college or university that offers an approved program in the school leadership area your are seeking.  After you review the list of institutions offering the approved program and have decided on the one you want to work with, contact the licensure officer at the institution for a plan of study.

I have already completed all the requirements for a license and need to apply.  Where can I get an application?

  • Completed a Kansas program
    • Contact the licensure officer at your Kansas institution for the appropriate application form and to coordinate the application process.
  • Completed an out-of-state program

 

Office/Building Hours
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Licensure Operator 
785-296-2288

Team Director
Scott Myers
smyers@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Susan Helbert
785-296-2289
shelbert@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Bill Bagshaw
785-296-2198
bbagshaw@ksde.org

Kansas Volunteer Commission, Executive Director
Nicolette Geisler
785-296-8447
ngeisler@ksde.org

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Questions about this page contact:
TJ Boeckman
785-296-4073
tboeckman@ksde.org

Jan Williams
785-296-8012
jwilliams@ksde.org

 

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