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.
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Please review the policies KSDE staff are adhering to regarding licensure application and processing affected by COVID-19 closures.
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A limited number of KSDE staff are still processing applications on a daily basis. However, while the KSDE office building is closed, our lack of mail service will delay some processing. Please continue to mail in your applications or submit them electronically . As long as we have your date-stamped materials prior to your license expiration date, your license will not be considered expired.
Things to remember during this time:
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.
Already familiar with the online application process? Go directly to the login site. https://appspublic.ksde.org/AuthenticationPublic/login.aspx
In the spring of 2018, the State Board of Education approved a two-year statewide pilot of alternative pathways for elementary education and high incidence special education, to begin summer of 2018. The pilots were based on recommendations from the Teacher Vacancy and Supply Committee (TVSC). The pilots were designed to accept candidates over two years. Spring semester of 2020 was the final semester for candidates to enter the original pilot programs.
A formal evaluation process of the pilots is occurring now. Findings will be provided to the TVSC and the Professional Standards Board and based on the findings, recommendations will be forwarded to the State Board of Education.
Continue to monitor this webpage for updated information as soon as it is known.
The two documents linked below provide a summary of routes to the classroom for individuals.
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