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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.


Pilot Programs for Elementary Education & High Incidence Special Education - Friday, April 13, 2018


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.




  1. Qualified individual enters program – joint application submitted. Certificate of Eligibility issued.  1st semester requirements completed.
  2. Limited Apprentice License issued after 1st semester requirements met.  Individual assigned as the teacher.
  3. Approved program completed within two years - extension based on extenuating circumstances possible.


Additional details and application forms available here.


  • Limited Apprentice License for Elementary allows placement in an elementary classroom, K-6 assignment.
  • Limited Apprentice License for High Incidence Special Education allows placement in a supportive Special Education assignment at the level of the High Incidence Special Education program being completed.



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.

Routes to the Classroom Chart - Tuesday, June 23, 2015


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

Routes to the Classroom Graph        Routes to the Classroom Chart         Kansas Teacher Licensure Regulation Changes


Change in Fingerprint Requirement for Licensure - Friday, October 17, 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.


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:

  • An application for the first Kansas certificate or license;
  • An application for renewal of an expired Kansas certificate or license; or
  • Any application for a Kansas certificate or license, if the person has never submitted fingerprints as part of any previous application for a Kansas certificate or license.

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Licensure Operator 

Director of Teacher Licensure & Accreditation
Mischel Miller

Assistant Director Teacher Licensure
Susan Helbert

Assistant Director Accreditation, Educator Evaluation, and Professional Development
Jeannette Nobo

Kansas Volunteer Commission,
Assistant Director
Jessica Noble


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