Preparing Educators as Leaders

Practicing Educator Sponsorship Program

Reducing the cost of graduate education for PK-12 educators in Kansas

In an ever-changing world, educators must stay current with effective teaching practices to ensure their students receive the best education possible. Unfortunately, today that education comes with a high price tag. In an effort to help reduce your cost for graduate education, the KU School of Education has initiated a sponsorship program for any Kansas PK-12 educator in a public or private building/district.

Eligibility Requirements

To receive the sponsorship, you must:

  • Submit a complete application;
  • Live in the state of Kansas;
  • Work as an educator or service provider for a PK-12 building or district (public or private) in the state of Kansas;
  • Be admitted to a degree-seeking graduate program within the School of Education and enrolled at KU.

Sponsorship Levels

Campus Credit Hours Sponsorship
Lawrence 3 - 5 $140
Lawrence 6 + $350
Edwards 3 - 5 $260
Edwards 6 + $590
Online* N/A N/A

Amounts are subtracted from overall tuition and fees. Please note: This sponsorship program does not apply to any fully-online course(s) within the School of Education. 

Application Process

  1. Apply for graduate admission here; and  
  2. Submit the Practicing Educator Sponsorship Program Work Verification Form here.

Sponsorship recipients must complete the application process for each semester they wish to receive the sponsorship.

Apply for sponsorship today.


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