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Kansas Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Model

Office hours:

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Send all mail to:

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



Email apprentice@ksde.org to receive instructions on submitting the application. 

The Kansas Registered Teacher Apprentice (RTA) Model is a four-year competency-based teacher registered apprenticeship that offers a comprehensive approach to teacher training, combining on-the-job learning, related technical instruction, mentorship, and a structured wage scale. This model is designed to provide aspiring teachers, without a bachelor’s degree, the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in the classroom and provide districts the opportunity to promote from within, and play a significant role in training their future teachers.

Overview of a Registered Apprenticeship

A registered apprenticeship is a structured and formalized training program that combines on-the-job learning and related technical instruction. It is designed to provide individuals with hands-on experience and specialized knowledge in a specific trade or profession. Through a partnership between employers and training providers, apprentices gain practical skills, knowledge, and industry-recognized credentials. Registered apprenticeships typically have defined competency benchmarks and a set duration, during which apprentices work under the guidance of experienced mentors or journey workers. This apprenticeship model offers a pathway to develop expertise, acquire valuable work experience, and establish a strong foundation for long-term career success.



Contact information:

(785) 296-1862


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