Preparing Educators as Leaders

Practicing Educator Sponsorship Program

Reducing the cost of graduate education for PK-12 educators in Kansas. Join the conversation using #KUPESP!

» 215 graduate students received $78,290 in sponsorship support during Summer and Fall 2014.

» Applicants represent districts including: KCK, Lawrence, Olathe, Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley, Salina, Wichita.

» Applicants receiving support from the PESP include both Master's & Doctorate-level students.

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. If you are a practicing educator in the state of Kansas and are interested in beginning or completing a graduate degree, we encourage you to consider the KU School of Education for your graduate program and apply for the Practicing Educator Sponsorship Program (PESP).

"We want to ensure that a financial commitment isn't the one thing stopping educators from advancing their skills. Our goal is to provide the best and most affordable resources to educators." - Dean Rick Ginsberg

Please note: This sponsorship program does not apply to any fully-online course within the School of Education.

Sponsorship Levels

KU Lawrence Campus

Practicing Educator Sponsorship Levels:
The cost reduction for 3-5 graduate credit hours is $140*.
The cost reduction for 6 or more graduate credit hours is $350*.
       *Amount is subtracted from your overall tuition and fees.

KU Edwards Campus

Practicing Educator Sponsorship Levels:
The cost reduction for 3-5 graduate credit hours is $260*.
The cost reduction for 6 or more graduate credit hours is $590*.
         *Amount is subtracted from your overall tuition and fees.

More information to be provided. Please check back often.

To begin the application process:

  1. Apply for graduate admission – Click here »
  2. Complete and submit the Practicing Educator Sponsorship Program Work Verification Form »

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Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12
Research from KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, assists educators, children, and families across the United States
The award-winning special education faculty published 140 refereed articles, 11 books, and 60 chapters in 2015-16
Students with intellectual disabilities are participating in KU undergraduate programs through a grant-funded KU special education program
Researchers on a $3.5 million grant are collecting data on an innovative reading program designed to teach reading to students with the most significant disabilities in seven Kansas school districts
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44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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