General information for licensure outside of Kansas
First, we highly recommend you apply for a Kansas license first, even if you plan to move out-of-state. This establishes your record with the Kansas State Department of Education and will ease the application process in most other states, especially Colorado, Texas, Illinois, and California. Also, Missouri mandates you hold the KS license before they will issue a MO license.
KU alumni teach in every state, and you should have no trouble getting licensed anywhere. KU alumni who need to have "verification" or "recommendation" forms completed for licensure in other states should mail paper copies directly to: Licensure, KU School of Education, 1122 West Campus Rd., 211 JRP, Lawrence, KS 66045. Please allow two weeks for processing, three weeks during peak periods. It's very helpful if you'll attach a note listing your KUID number, email address, any prior names, and when you completed your program at KU so we can find your records. Faxes or electronic files are not accepted.
Students often ask if another state is "reciprocal" with Kansas; essentially, there are no "reciprocal" licenses. Each state has its own application process and different requirements. For example, all states require their own fingerprinting, and many states, like Illinois and Texas, have developed their own standardized tests. To complicate this, the rules are constantly changing. State department web sites will usually have the most up-to-date information. Please see the map below for more information.
Costs for out of state licensure
The cost for licensure can range from $100- $400 in each state, including fees, fingerprints and exams. In most cases, if you do not have all the licensure exams completed for a particular state, they will issue you a one-year license. In some states it will be much easier to take the exams after you have moved there. Many states will have a form that asks for the "institutional recommendation" or "verification of completion of an approved program." Throughout your career, you will send this form to your Licensure Officer at the KU School of Education. Sending this form to the KU Registrar or your faculty advisor slows the process dramatically.
Variations of licensure language
The language of licensure varies from state to state. In most states, you will be applying for an "initial" or "standard" license. Some words, such as "provisional" mean different things in different states; in Kansas, "provisional" means that you are only partially completed with the coursework for a new licensure area, like special education.
Timelines for out-of-state licensure application
Licensure applications for any state cannot be signed until all final grades are recorded at KU. If you have "incompletes" your application will be delayed and it is your responsibility to contact the KU Licensure Officer when you have finished the coursework. If you finish an initial program in Spring, you will apply for out-of-state licensure in June or early July. Include a copy of the KS license with your out-of-state application packet. Visit with the Human Resources person at your employing district for additional advice. Order hard copy KU Transcripts from the KU Registrar's Office. Be sure to ask them to hold for final grades or degree conferred, as necessary.
Out-of-state licensure requirements
Recently, the KU School of Education has begun to offer fully-online academic programs to provide educators across the country with options for continuing their education with KU. Not sure how those online program options will support your out-of-state licensure needs?
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