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The School of Education is developing a new 4-year teacher preparation program. It is understood that current students in the 5-year program and those applying to enter the School of Education in spring 2011 will be affected by this change. The school will be as flexible and accommodating as possible before implementation of the new 4-year program. Implementation will occur in 2011, pending program approvals.

The requirements listed apply only to students admitted to the 5-year extended teacher education program who began the program in fall 2010 and earlier. Requirements for the new 4-year program that apply to students who were admitted in spring 2011 and later are available from the School of Education Advising Center,

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Degree and Licensure Requirements for Teacher Education Students

Completion of the Teacher Education Program requires 5 years. After completing a minimum of 124 approved hours and other School of Education requirements, the student receives a bachelor’s degree. After acceptance to the School of Education Graduate Division, students take an additional year of prescribed courses and field experiences to complete licensure requirements.

Majors are available in the following teaching fields:

  • Unified Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 3)
  • Elementary (K-6)
  • Middle English (5-8)
  • Secondary English (6-12)
  • Middle Mathematics (5-8)
  • Secondary Mathematics (6-12)
  • Secondary History and Government (6-12)
  • Middle Science (5-8)
  • Secondary Science (biology, chemistry, earth and space, physics) (6-12)
  • Foreign languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish) (PK-12)
  • Health and Physical Education (K-12)

Endorsements are available in the following areas:

  • Journalism (available only to Secondary English majors)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Gifted Education
  • Special Education
    (Note: Students must speak to the appropriate special education adviser while planning this added endorsement.)

A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 is required for graduation. However, admission requirements for the professional year are based on these criteria of the university and the School of Education:

  1. Completion of application to the professional year and intent to student teach.
  2. Completion of the bachelor’s degree in education from KU.
  3. At least a 2.5 grade-point average in the field in which a student intends to teach at the elementary, middle, and secondary level.
  4. A cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 for regular admission to the School of Education Graduate Division (2.75 for probationary admission).

Students who complete the professional year and pass the state’s licensure examinations and PRAXIS II subject examination meet Kansas requirements. Upon application through the Licensure Office, students are recommended to the Kansas State Board of Education for licensure. A handbook issued by the state board contains a summary of rules and regulations governing teachers’ licenses in Kansas. Each state has different requirements. Students planning to teach in other states should check with those states. Information about teaching requirements may be obtained from the Licensure Office. Information about the Kansas licensure examinations is available at Testing Services, 2150 Watkins Memorial Health Center, 785-864-2768.

The Professional Year

Students in the professional year complete student teaching and internship experiences in their teaching fields and at the levels in which they are seeking licensure. These field experiences are combined with graduate course work. During the professional year, students earn 15 graduate credit hours toward a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. It is essential that students interested in the advanced degree plan carefully with their advisers.

For teacher education students, the professional year begins in the fall semester only. It is not possible to begin in the spring semester or summer session. A student in the professional year of the Teacher Education Program completes that year in either the metropolitan Kansas City area (KU Edwards Campus) or in the Lawrence area (Lawrence campus).

Professional Development Schools

Before the professional year, teacher candidates may apply to complete their experiences in one of the Professional Development Schools. PDS schools are in four different districts, which may include elementary, middle, or secondary sites. The PDS experience is based on a collaborative team-teaching model, on-site application of content and teaching, and specific research designed around school improvement plans of the assigned sites. For more information, visit the School of Education.

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Degree Requirements for Students in Nonlicensure Areas

Students in the non-teacher-licensure areas of athletic training, sport science, and community health usually complete the bachelor’s degree program in 4 years. Students seeking admission to undergraduate sport science and community health programs must have minimum cumulative grade-point averages of 2.75. Achieving the minimum grade-point average is not a guarantee of admission. Admission also is based on performance in core courses, academic preparation for the major, and the number of students each program can admit.

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The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.