Kansas – State Information

MEA President: Gae Phillips
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Kelly Knedler
ALF Member Email: KNEDLER.KELLY@usd443.org

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/11/2021
Adjourns: 4/11/2021

Meeting in person in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline  
Budget Deadline  
Introduction Deadlines  
Governor Laura Kelly (D)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Rep. Steve H. Huebert (R)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Brenda S. Dietrich (R)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. Molly Baumgardner (R)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. Larry W. Alley (R)

Partisan Split House: R      Senate: R
House Clerk Contact 785-296-7633
Senate Secretary Contact 785-296-2456
Carryover to 2022 Yes

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  
State Commissioner of Education Randy Watson

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Assistant Director
Doug Boline
Title IV Director Brian Dempsey
Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds September 28th


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

KS K-12 Choral
K-12 Instrumental
K-12 Vocal
Initial (2-year)
Professional (5-year)
Accomplished (10-year)
None Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge (5113) Praxis Principles of Teaching & Learning: Early Childhood, K-6, 5-9, or 7-12 No Yes (KPTP) Possible additional testing and/or coursework $60 Initial application,, adding endorsement, or upgrade to professional
$70 out of state/country application,, renew professional license
$85 accomplished application
$50 fingerprinting/background check


https://www.ksde.org/Portals/0/TLA/Licensure/KSDE_TLA_Routes-to-the Classroom-chart-9182015.pdf

https://www.ksde.org/Agency/Division-of-Learning-Services/Teacher-Licensure-and-Accreditation June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Navigating Change: Kansas’ Guide to Learning and School Safety Operations

The Kansas Board of Education voted July 22 to reject an order by Gov. Laura Kelly that would have delayed the start of school until Sept. 8. The vote put the decision on when to reopen back in the hands of local school districts.

Title IV Success Stories