Provisional Licensure in Kansas
Provisional licensure is allowed in many teaching subjects in Kansas; however, 98% of the provisional recommendations from KU are for Special Education. Applicants must hold a current Kansas teaching license in regular education, and have a job that requires the provisional. To qualify for a provisional in High-Incidence (Adaptive), for example, a student must have completed the characteristics course, the first methods course and the first practicum. Download the Form 4 and the provided instructions, otherwise contact Alisa Branham if you have additional questions.
Special Education accounts for 99% of licensure waivers in Kansas. Sometimes a school district cannot find a person who is already licensed to teach special education, so they seek permission from the Kansas Department of Education for a waiver. To qualify, the applicant must hold a current Kansas teaching license, be admitted to a special education program at KU, and be currently enrolled in at least one appropriate class.
The paperwork required to grant a licensure waiver begins with the individual student's plan of study form. The candidate must complete a plan of study form in cooperation with their faculty advisor from the Department of Special Education at KU. The plan of study form should list all courses required for the entire endorsement program, with a goal of reaching eligibility for the higher Provisional License as quickly as possible. The completed plan of study form must then be submitted to Alisa Branham via mail or email. With the plan of study in hand, Alisa Branham will compose the letter needed by the employer. For more information on this required process, please review the provided waiver instructions.
Deadlines for receipt of all materials at the Kansas Department of Education are Nov. 1 & Feb. 1 - most plan of study letters are written in August, so the district can access reimbursement money for the position for the entire year.