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Apply For Initial Licensure in Kansas

Most individuals who finish a licensure program at KU will apply online to complete Form 1. It takes about 15 minutes to read the instructions and complete the form. Allow about 2 weeks for processing at KU (after all grades are posted); then you will receive an automated email with instructions for paying the fee to KSDE. Processing at KSDE takes 4-8 weeks, but the day you pay the fee is the "effective" date of the license. Be sure to enter data accurately and list two working email addresses if possible.

Contact Alisa Branham for a paper application (for initial Kansas licensure) if:

  • You have answered Yes to any criminal questions.
  • You have a degree from another country.

Apply for Licensure Endorsement in Kansas

To add a licensure endorsement to your initial teaching license in Kansas, apply online to complete Form 1. It takes about 15 minutes to read the instructions and complete the form. 

Criminal Background Check

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.​

Kansas Substitute Licensure

There are two kinds of substitute license in Kansas: 1) a "5-year Standard Substitute" license which requires completion of a teacher education program, and 2) an "Emergency Substitute" license which is a one-year license available to any person with 60+ hours of college credit. Emergency subs may teach up to 50% time with no benefits, and pay is typically $85-100 per day.  If you wish to apply for the emergency sub license, File the Form 8 at the KSDE website. We've also provided application checklist for your review as well.

Licensure Announcements
  • KSDE no longer prints or mails paper licenses. Access your license online.
  • The ETS code for KU School of Education is 6871.
  • Fingerprint packets may be picked up in JRP Hall #208
KU Licensure Officer

Alisa Branham
#211 JRP Hall

10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
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#1 public program in nation for special education
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Assists public schools and other partners in all 105 Kansas counties
$938,377 in scholarship funds awarded to 420+ students
Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12
Research from KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, assists educators, children, and families across the United States
The award-winning special education faculty published 140 refereed articles, 11 books, and 60 chapters in 2015-16
Students with intellectual disabilities are participating in KU undergraduate programs through a grant-funded KU special education program
Researchers on a $3.5 million grant are collecting data on an innovative reading program designed to teach reading to students with the most significant disabilities in seven Kansas school districts
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44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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