The Restricted Teaching License Alternative Pathway is intended to respond to school districts’ needs in hiring qualified, licensed teachers. It is designed to recruit mid-career professionals who have a bachelor’s, master’s degree, or equivalent coursework in a content area they want to teach and are seeking a career change. Heritage language speakers with a bachelor’s degree or higher can also utilize the restricted licensure to teach their native languages. This pathway provides an opportunity for these individuals to have immediate access to start teaching under restricted license while completing professional education pedagogy course work to become fully licensed.
*The alternative licensure program is only available for secondary content areas and limited numbers of all level subjects.
Restricted licensure regulation (PDF)
Have the university hosting the program evaluate your transcript to ensure you meet the content requirements for the subject matter you want to teach. Develop a plan of study with the alternative certification program staff. Program length may vary depending on the institution.
Alternative Route Program Contact List
Eligibility-(Must meet all eligibility requirements)
Locate and apply for a teaching position by visiting Kansas Education Employment Board. Contact the employer and inquire if a restricted license is appropriate for the position.
The application process is a coordinated effort with sections completed by the individual, the school district hiring the individual, and the higher education institution providing the course work. Once the license is issued, you will teach full-time while completing the required professional education course work towards full licensure.
A progress report must be submitted every year verifying that appropriate progress has been made towards a full license. The restricted license will be canceled if you do not make appropriate progress.
The institution will recommend for a full Kansas license after you successfully complete all of the coursework and testing (content and pedagogy) requirements on the plan of study.
Director of Teacher Licensure & Accreditation
Assistant Director of Teacher Licensure
Restricted Licensure Consultant
The Kansas State Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. (more information...)
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