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    Teacher Education

    The College of Education is the designated authority for all K-State teacher licensure recommendations to the Kansas State Department of Education. All licensure 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 licensure standards. Students should contact their advisors or the licensure officer if they have questions about licensure program changes.

    Licensure 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 licensure requirements for grades 7-12.

    Beginning for freshman of 2003, the above described teaching levels will change. Detailed information on the levels is available in 13 Bluemont Hall.

    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.

    Admission requirements
    The application for admission to a teacher education program must be filed when the applicant has satisfied all of the admission requirements. Transfer students who have satisfied all the admission requirements should apply at the time of initial enrollment.

    Students making changes in degree programs must reapply for teacher education.

    Fifty total hours must be completed, including all transfer and K-State credits. Thirty-five of the fifty hours constitute a designated core of general education requirements.

    English composition
    Both Expository Writing I and II must be completed satisfactorily with a grade no lower than C (2.0).

    Public speaking
    A grade of C or better is required in SPCH 105, 106, or 109. Students may complete the requirement with the quiz-out conducted by the speech department. Courses in interpersonal communication do not apply.

    Quantitative sciences
    A grade of C or better is required in six credit hours of mathematics including college algebra, or a higher level of mathematics and a statistics course or a course that includes statistics.

    Overall GPA
    A 2.5 GPA is required in all college work attempted, including transfer and K-State credits.

    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
    A 2.5 GPA is required in all college work attempted in the teaching specialty, including middle-level specialities. (This includes work at K-State and other institutions.) Note: Elementary education majors do not have a teaching speciality.

    Pre-professional skills tests
    A transfer student may be admitted provisionally before the test is taken, but the student must take the test with passing scores the next time it is given on campus or he or she will be dropped from teacher education. Tests will be given throughout the year on dates specified by the testing service and will include sections on reading, writing, and mathematics. A score of 172 in writing, 173 in reading, and 172 in mathematics are required for admission to teacher education.

    Early field experience
    Early field experience is completed in EDSEC 102 for students in secondary education and in EDEL 300 for students in elementary education.

    Application deadlines
    To pre-enroll for summer or fall
    professional classes  February 15
    To pre-enroll for spring
    professional classes  October 1

    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.

    Professional semester
    The professional semester involves a full semester of teaching participation (student teaching). This semester usually occurs in the fall or spring of the senior year. There is no teaching participation experience offered during summer sessions.

    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 licensure 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
    The application for student teaching must be submitted to the College of Education coordinator of laboratory experiences not later than December 20 of the year preceding the professional semester.

    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
    Students will be approved for the professional semester when the requirements listed below have been met. If notified that all requirements for the professional semester have not been satisfied, students may request through the College of Education advisor that the application be postponed.

    Requirements for all applicants to the professional semester
    Full admittance to a teacher education program.

    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
    Completion of FSHS 110, EDCEP 315, EDSP 324, EDCIP 455, EDETC 318, and Blocks A and B.

    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
    A grade point average of 2.5 is required in all teaching fields based on all teaching field courses attempted at K-State and at all colleges or universities attended. A student may not have a grade lower than a C in any professional course. Completion of FSHS 110, EDCEP 315, EDSP 323, Blocks I and II, EDCIP 310 or equivalent, and EDETC 318 are required.

    Student teaching assignment request
    All student teaching options require a special application called the Student Teaching Assignment Request (STAR form). Instructions for completing the application can be obtained from the office of the coordinator of laboratory experiences and completed on the World Wide Web.

    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
    In addition to the conventional professional semester, the following option is available:

    MITEC option
    There is a Multi-Institutional Teacher Education Center in Kansas City. It includes Kansas City, Kansas, and portions of the suburban area. The MITEC option is a voluntary, full-semester, off-campus program. This professional semester option requires advanced planning with the education advisor and the coordinator of laboratory experiences. Students must make special requests for this program.

    Interruption of degree
    The following College of Education policy regarding interruption of academic programs applies to all people seeking teacher licensure as well as those enrolled in degree programs in the College of Education.

    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:

    Allowed for completion
    Less than 30 credits6 years
    30 to 59 credit5 years
    60 to 89 credits4 years
    90 or more credits3 years

    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.
    Most students who interrupt their educations for military service during peacetime do so by voluntary enlistment. In such a case, the above policy would hold. In wartime or national emergency, students with good grade records might be drafted. In these cases, it would be expected that students could graduate under the requirements that existed at the time they originally entered unless licensure requirements have changed, whereupon the student must modify the entry program to include the current licensure requirements.
    Professional licensure
    Initial licensure
    The College of Education has the responsibility to serve as the recommending agent for all K-State graduates who wish to qualify for licensure. The degrees earned in the College of Education in elementary education and in secondary education will fulfill licensure program requirements in the state of Kansas. Early childhood, elementary, and secondary teaching licensure may be accomplished through the completion of the approved program and the appropriate degree.

    Students must meet the requirements for licensure or for an endorsement area in effect at the time they apply for that licensure or endorsement. Students who do not apply for the initial Kansas licensure when they are eligible will be expected to meet the requirements in effect at the time they do apply for initial licensure. 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 licenses only to individuals who have completed an approved teacher education program, received the recommendation of their college or university, and successfully passed the prelicensure examination (Principles of Learning and Teaching, PLT, passing score is 161). This test is administered at K-State several times each academic year. Anyone applying for initial licensure in a state other than Kansas must also apply for Kansas licensure.

    The state of Kansas may not issue a teaching license to any applicant who has been convicted of a felony, signed certain diversion agreements, or who has had a teaching license revoked in another state.

    People seeking initial licensure who present degrees from other accredited institutions must meet all requirements of the teacher education program. For additional information, these individuals should contact the Licensure Office, 13 Bluemont Hall.

    Additional licensure endorsements
    K-State will recommend for licensure those individuals who are already licensed, but who are adding an endorsement to the license (e.g., reading specialist, administrator, counselor, an additional teaching area, middle-level teaching in selected fields). K-State may become the recommending agent for individuals presenting degrees from other accredited institutions.

    Renewal applications not requesting an additional licensure endorsement are sent directly to the Kansas State Department of Education.

    For additional information on prelicensure testing, applications, or procedures, contact the Licensure Office in 13 Bluemont Hall.

    Approved programs
    All students preparing to be licensed to teach in preschool, elementary, or secondary schools must fully complete the approved teacher education program regardless of which college awards the degree. The approved program consists of: general education studies, a major or specialization, and professional education studies.

    The curricula in elementary education and in secondary education fulfill program requirements for teacher licensure in the state of Kansas. Both degrees offered through the College of Education are four-year programs.

    Report of Title II of the Higher Education Act
    The following information is provided in accordance with guidelines for state and institutional reports on the quality of teacher preparation for Title II of the Higher Education Act. For the academic year of 1999- 2000, 309 students completed the teacher education program at Kansas State University. Of these students who chose to take the Kansas certification exams, 100 percent passed. The statewide pass rate was 99 percent. Additional information regarding K-State's report on Title II of the Higher Education Act is available on the College of Education website (

    Topics within Education:
    dAdvising dSecondary Education Teaching Fields dEducational Administration and Leadership
    dUniversity General Education dOptional Secondary Licensure Programs dElementary Education
    dHonors Program dOptional Secondary Licensure Program at the Middle Level dFoundations and Adult Education
    dSupport Facilities and Programs dSecondary Education Programs Outside the College of Education dSecondary Education
    dTeacher Education dOther Program Choices dSpecial Education
    dElementary Education Program dGeneral Courses   
    dSecondary Education Program dCounseling and Educational Psychology   
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    Kansas State University
    August 19, 2005