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Restricted Teaching License Alternative Pathway

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)

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Step One: Assess your eligibility

Eligibility-(Must meet all eligibility requirements)

  1. A Bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited university,
  2. The degree or equivalent coursework must be in a regular education content area you want to teach, OR be a heritage language speaker,
  3. A GPA of 2.75 from the last 60 semester credits hours of college coursework completed,
  4. A passing score for the Praxis II content assessment in the content area, AND
  5. A supervised practical training experience must be completed under the collaboration of the supporting institution and hiring school district before restricted teaching license can be issued. 

Step Two: Contact participating Kansas universities

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

Step Three: Locate and apply for a teaching position

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.

Step Four: Apply for the Restricted License

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.

Step Five: Progress report

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.

Step Six: Apply for a full Kansas license

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.

Jennifer Sackhoff - Baker University
Email: restricted.licensure@bakeru.edu
Phone: 913-344-1275
Title: Alternative Route Contact

Shannon Hall - Emporia State University
Email: shall6@emporia.edu
Phone: 620-341-5654
Title: Alternative Route Contact

Kerry Schuckman - Fort Hays State University
Email: kschuckm@fhsu.edu
Phone: 785-628-4542
Title: Alternative Route Contact

Amanda Hill - Pittsburg State University
Email: ahill@pittstate.edu
Phone: 620-235-6153
Title: Alternative Route Contact

Jackie Glasgow - Southwestern College
Email: jackie.glasgow@sckans.edu
Phone: 620-229-6315
Title: Alternative Route Contact

Sherri Holle - Wichita State University
Email: sherri.holle@wichita.edu
Phone: 316-978-6580
Title: Alternative Route Contact

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