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New licensure endorsement available for PK-12 educators

Thursday, August 02, 2018

LAWRENCE — The School of Education at the University of Kansas has added two new licensure endorsement program options to its portfolio of academic offerings for licensed PK-12 educators to consider for their career development needs.

The Department of Curriculum & Teaching now offers a fully online licensure endorsement program in reading education. Reading specialists most often work with general education students who struggle with reading fluency and comprehension.

“The licensure endorsement program is best for teachers who are already licensed in their state of residence but are looking for an additional endorsement that will let them work as a reading specialist,” said Steven White, department chair and program director.

The online licensure endorsement program requires 7 three-credit-hour courses that are each eight weeks long and can be completed in as little as a year. Applications for nondegree seeking admission will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 3, for a fall 2018 class start.

Admission to the online reading education licensure endorsement program requires applicants to already hold a master’s degree, as a master’s degree is required for the licensure endorsement by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). More information about the online licensure endorsement program and other online academic options in reading education can be found here.

In addition, the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies now offers a campus-based licensure endorsement program in educational administration for licensed teachers who wish to pursue an add-on licensure endorsement in building-level administration in the state of Kansas.

“We recognize that there are many licensed teachers who already have a master’s degree in a related field,” said Joseph Novak, program director. “Our goal with this endorsement option is to enable those educators to pursue their building-level licensure endorsement without having to complete another graduate degree.”

The campus-based licensure endorsement program requires 8 three-credit-hour courses and can be completed in as little as four semesters. Applications for nondegree seeking admission will be accepted through Oct. 1 for a spring 2019 class start.

Admission to the campus-based educational administration licensure endorsement program does not require that applicants already have a master’s degree, though a master’s degree is required for candidates to be eligible to pursue the licensure endorsement through KSDE. More information about the licensure endorsement program in educational administration can be found here.

The Department of Curriculum & Teaching and the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies are both housed in the School of Education, a nationally ranked school preparing educators and health/sport/exercise professionals as leaders.    


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