Preparing Educators as Leaders

- Please read this entire section before registering for licensure exams. -

Educational Testing Services (ETS)

Educational Testing Service (ETS) is the company that offers the standardized exams required in Kansas. Register for Exams; be sure to pick "Kansas" as your state. Registration takes 45 minutes and patience. The ETS registration 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 ETS 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 test report. Starting Fall 2012, scores are available for one year. If you fail to retrieve and save your scores, ETS will charge you another $40 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 will ask you to mail a hardcopy; to be safe, print three 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

We highly recommend that you review the free "test prep" on the ETS web site before taking any exam - they provide sample questions and answers. ETS has in-depth "Study Guides" for sale as well, but not every student needs to make this additional purchase. ETS is offering more exams electronically each year 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) take the PLT and Subject exams in October - January. This allows time to receive scores and time to schedule a re-take if necessary. KU students have performed very well on the exams over the past 8-10 years, but annually 10% must re-take one exam. Many students completing an initial program will be able to take the PLT and a Subject Exam on the same day. Applicants for a new, initial license must be fingerprinted, which is a separate process. The special KSDE fingerprint packages are available in 208 JRP or from Alisa or from KSDE. Applicants should be fingerprinted about 2-4 months before applying for licensure. If you have a current emergency substitute license in Kansas, you will not need to be fingerprinted again.​

Costs for educator licensure exams

Cost is significant: most paper exams are $80 each, plus $50 registration per academic year (August - July).  Electronic exams are more expensive. 

Exam requirements for Initial Teacher Preparation Programs

In the final year of our program, students take the PLT (Principals 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. (There is no subject exam for Gifted, Journalism, Latin or Japanese.)  At this time, KU does not offer any programs for alternative licensure/restricted license. You can find more information on alternative licensure programs by contacting the universities listed at the KSDE web site under Educator Licensure, Restricted Teaching License/Alternative Pathway. Art, Music, Foreign Language and PE/Health majors in PK-12 programs are encouraged to take the 7-12 level PLT for best results. There are questions on the elementary level PLT that these students are not prepared to answer. You must have passing licensure exam scores to be "highly qualified".

Licensure requirements are constantly changing. Please contact Licensure Officer Alisa Branham at

Licensure Announcements
  • 06/12: KSDE extended the rule allowing teachers to add most endorsements with subject exam. 
  • Fingerprint packets may be picked up in JRP Hall #208
KU Licensure Officer

Alisa Branham
#211 JRP Hall

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