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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

To begin the application process:

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

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.

Practicing Educator Sponsorship Program Work Verification Form

The Practicing Educator Sponsorship is available to all Kansas residents that are employees in public and private schools in the state of Kansas. To assist us in verifying your qualifications, please complete the following form and click the Submit button. Once the form has been submitted a link will be provided to apply for admission to graduate study.

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Employment Verification

Please provide documentation from your employer verifying that you are currently employed as a Kansas educator. Email educator@ku.edu if you have any questions or concerns about this employment verification.
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Sponsorship

Spring semester application deadline: Feb 15

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


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