Educator Licensure Exam Information
- Please read this entire section before registering for licensure exams. -
Educational Testing Service (ETS) is the company that offers the standardized exams required in Kansas. Be sure to pick "Kansas" as your state. Registration can take up to 45 minutes. ETS will ask you to provide "score recipients": 6871 is the code for the School of Education at the University of Kansas. Please include your full social security number on the registration, which will help us to match your score with your KU records.
About 4 weeks after you take the exam, download and print copies of your score report. Scores are available for one year. If you fail to retrieve and save your scores, ETS will charge you another fee to access it later. KU should receive your score electronically about 4 weeks after you can access it online, but no system is perfect and in reality we get about 80%. If we are missing your score, Alisa Branham may ask you to mail a hardcopy. To be safe, print three copes for your personal file; you might need it for an out-of-state application in the future.
If you have trouble registering with ETS, contact KU Testing Service at 785-864-2768, 2150 Watkins Health Center.
Pre-test Preparation Options
All ETS exams are electronic now and the schedule varies. Plan ahead to allow time for advance registration and scoring. Again, be sure to use the 6871 code for recipient. We strongly recommend that most initial program completers (new teachers) finishing in May take the PLT and Subject exams in October - January. This allows time to receive scores and time to schedule a re-take if necessary.
We highly recommend that you review the free "Study Companion" on the ETS web site before taking any exam - it provides sample questions and answers. Additional "Interactive Practice Tests" and "Study Guides" are available for a fee.
Exam Requirements for Initial Teacher Preparation Programs
In the final year of our program, students take the PLT (Principles of Learning and Teaching) and Subject Area exams, which are required for Initial Kansas licensure. For example, Elementary students should take the Elementary subject exam and the PLT K-6. Exams listed at the Educational Testing Service site under "Kansas" are the only exams KSDE accepts. Art, Music, Foreign Language and PE/Health majors in programs are encouraged to take the 7-12 level for best results. There are questions on the elementary level PLT that these students are not prepared to answer. Passing scores are required to be "highly qualified."
Exam Requirements for Building & District Leadership Preparation Programs
Building Leaders and District Leaders should register for the School Leadership Assessment Series. The principal's exam is called the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and the superintendent's exam is the School Superintendent Assessment (SSA).