Teacher EducationThe College of Education is the designated authority for all K-State teacher certification recommendations to the Kansas State Department of Education. All certification programs offered by K-State have been approved by the Kansas State Department of Education.
The programs are designed to develop competencies essential for teaching. Some programs are parts of degree requirements in colleges other than the College of Education. All College of Education program requirements are subject to revision as necessary to meet Kansas certification standards. Students should contact their advisors or the certification officer if they have questions about certification program changes.
Certification through the teacher education program is available for three teaching levels: early childhood education prepares for preschool teaching, birth to K; elementary education prepares for grades K-9; and secondary programs satisfy state certification requirements for grades 7-12.
Elementary education majors may add endorsements to teach at the middle level in English, mathematics, science, and social studies. Secondary majors may add an endorsement to teach at the middle level in family and consumer sciences.
Students making changes in degree programs must reapply for teacher education.
A 2.75 grade point average is required on a 35 hour general education core which is specified by each department. Students should consult with their advisors or inquire in 13 Bluemont Hall for specific requirements.
Teaching specialty GPA
Pre-professional skills tests
Early field experience
When the applications are approved, students are notified of their acceptance into the respective teacher education professional program and are reassigned from a pre-professional advisor to a professional-level advisor. Students who do not meet the requirements will be notified of the options available to them.
Because of the school districts' schedules, students may be required to begin their student teaching before the start of K-State's semester schedule and/or end their student teaching after K-State's semester schedule ends.
Students desiring to be recommended for certification by K-State must earn credit for teaching participation in residence. Students who have had any secondary methods course at another college or university will be required to audit the equivalent course at K-State.
Students may only take the courses prescribed for the professional semester unless permission is obtained through the Office of the Coordinator of Laboratory Experiences. Teaching participation is graded Credit/No Credit.
Application for student teaching
Students must submit the application by this deadline even though all admission requirements to the professional semester are not fully satisfied.
Instructions for completing the application can be obtained from the coordinator of laboratory experiences. The application is made through the World Wide Web. Junior and senior transfer students from other educational institutions should file the application immediately upon enrollment.
Admission to the professional semester
Requirements for all applicants to the professional semester
Completion of 90 semester hours.
An overall grade point average of 2.5 in all college or university course work attempted.
Physical examination by the student health center or by a licensed physician. The student verifies to the coordinator of laboratory experiences that the physical examination has been completed.
Additional requirements for elementary majors
Students must have a B average (3.0 GPA) in all Block A and B courses with no grade lower than a C in any blocked course. Students may retake blocked methods courses one time only.
Since the five elementary education methods courses of science, language arts, social studies, mathematics, and reading are offered only in Blocks A and B with field experiences attached, none may be transferred from another institution. EDEL 220 Orientation to Elementary/Middle Schools must be taken at K-State.
Additional requirements for secondary majors
Student teaching assignment request
The deadline for completing the STAR form is September 25 for students participating in the spring professional semester, and February 25 for students participating in the fall professional semester.
Verification of Red Cross first aid/CPR certification (or an approved equivalent) must be submitted prior to completion of the STAR form.
Professional semester option
Interruption of degree
Students who graduate within six years from the time they enter K-State without having previously earned credit from another institution shall have the opportunity to graduate under the academic program (course and total credit requirements) in existence at the time of entrance, unless the student cannot be certified by the state of Kansas under the original entry requirements.
If more than six years have elapsed since original entry, the student will need to complete the degree or teacher education program requirements in existence at the time he or she re-enters the university for the final and uninterrupted phase of the program.
This policy applies to students who are admitted to the university with previously attained credit as follows:
Due to the number of credit hours required in their program, music education students will have an additional semester, for a total of 61/2 years, to complete their teacher education program.
Students must meet the requirements for certification or for an endorsement area in effect at the time they apply for that certification or endorsement. Students who do not apply for the initial Kansas certification when they are eligible will be expected to meet the requirements in effect at the time they do apply for initial certification. Students enrolled in and earning degrees in colleges other than the College of Education must complete all requirements of an approved teacher education program.
The state of Kansas will issue initial teaching certificates only to individuals who have completed an approved teacher education program, received the recommendation of their college or university, and successfully passed the precertification examination (Principles of Learning and Teaching, PLT). This test is administered at K-State several times each academic year. Anyone applying for initial certification in a state other than Kansas must also apply for Kansas certification.
The state of Kansas may not issue a teaching certificate to any applicant who has been convicted of a felony, signed certain diversion agreements, or who has had a teaching certificate revoked in another state.
People seeking initial certification who present degrees from other accredited institutions must meet all requirements of the teacher education program. For additional information, these individuals should contact the Office of Certification, 13 Bluemont Hall.
Additional certification endorsements
For additional information on precertification testing, applications, or procedures, contact the Office of Certification in 13 Bluemont Hall.
The curricula in elementary education and in secondary education fulfill program requirements for teacher certification in the state of Kansas. Both degrees offered through the College of Education are four-year programs.