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Teacher Licensure


The Teacher Licensure (TL) team is responsible for issuing educator licenses, 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. 

Office/Building Hours:
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Attention: Teacher Licensure
900 S.W. Jackson Street, Suite 102
Topeka, KS 66612-1212

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(785) 296-2288



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Emergency Substitute License Temporary Modification - Sunday, November 13, 2022

Emergency Substitute License Temporary Modification - Thursday, November 10, 2022


At the November 10, 2022 meeting, the Kansas State Board of Education moved to allow for an extension of the temporary modification to the Emergency Substitute License.


Temporary Expanded Qualification: Expires June 30, 2023


License Limitations:

  • License is non-transferable, limited to the local school district listed on the license.
  • Individual may serve no more than 15 consecutive days in the same assignment.


Application Process:

An individual may temporarily qualify for an emergency substitute license with the following:


  1. High school diploma; and
  2. Completion of Greenbush’s Emergency Substitute Training Modules (training may be completed now *); and
  3. Verification of hire from a local school district.
  4. Application and $60 processing fee.
  5. Fingerprint background check and fee.
    1. Individuals who previously received a TEAL license are not required to re-submit fingerprints.
  6. Individual may serve no more than 15 consecutive days in the same assignment.

*Click here to register and complete the Greenbush Emergency Substitute Training Modules: plus.greenbush.org.


Expanded Emergency Substitute Application Instruction:

To apply for the emergency substitute license based on completion of the Greenbush Training Modules, complete the following:


  1. Complete the Greenbush Emergency Substitute Training Modules.
    1. The Greenbush training modules include a step by step video that details how to submit the application.  HERE is a link to the video.
  2. Submit the Form 8 application via the Kansas Licensure Application System
  3. Within the “Education Information” Section of Form 8, select the following:
    1. State: “KS”
    2. Name of College/University: “Greenbush – Modified Emergency Substitute”
    3. Degree Earned: “No”
    4. Transcript Delivery Method: “Upload Transcript”
  4. Upload the Greenbush Certificate of Completion to the application.
  5. Submit payment.
  6. Contact the hiring district to complete the Expanded Emergency Substitute Qualification Form


Expanded Emergency Substitute Application Local School District Instructions:


  1. Complete the Expanded Emergency Substitute Qualification Form for hired applicants.
  2. Submit the completed form to experienceform@ksde.org.

Transitional License for KPERS Retirees - Tuesday, July 19, 2022

The Kansas State Board of Education approved a motion to allow educators who retired, and have an expired license, qualify for a Transitional license during the 2022-2023 school year without an application processing fee.


To apply for the license, eligible educators must complete the following:


  1.  Submit the Form 3c application via the Kansas Licensure Application System. Do not pay for the application.

  2.  Email a copy of your KPERS Verification of Income to the licensure team at TLALicense@ksde.org. Upon receipt of the Verification of Income, the Form 3c application will be submitted with the fee waived.

 3.  If you do not have a copy of the Verification of Income, contact KPERS at 785-296-6666.

 4.  Submit a fingerprint card and $50.00 background check fee in the form of a check or money order if a valid clearance is not on file with KSDE.

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