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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.


Form 3a – Renewal of a five year Professional License is now an online application process - Wednesday, April 17, 2019


If you have started a paper application renewal process, you may continue through that process.  You do not have to start over with an online application



  1. If new to online application submissions review the General Instructions for Online Application Forms.
  2. On the License Applications webpage scroll down to see the numerically ordered list of application forms and find Form 3a. 
  3. Click on the link to the right “Review Requirements and Access Form” to get started on the process.  


Already familiar with the online application process?  Go directly to the login site.  https://appspublic.ksde.org/AuthenticationPublic/login.aspx       



  • The process for completing district verifications for applicants is the same as you have been following for other online forms over the last few years.  Review General Instructions for Districts if needed. 
  • Form 3a district verification will be verification of experience or uploading of transcripts – PDC transcripts (and university transcripts if applicable.)
  • Signatures on PDC transcripts will no longer be required

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.



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



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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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