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How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Kansas

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If you are interested in learning how to become a substitute teacher in Kansas, the following information will help guide you through the process.

Kansas Substitute Teacher Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Completion of a Kansas state-approved teacher preparation program
  • Completed Application submitted with application fee
  • Fingerprint Clearance Card with $50 background check
  • Official transcripts, sealed and unopened

There are two types of substitute teacher licenses you can apply for in the State of Kansas: Standard Substitute License Emergency Substitute License A Standard Substitute License for those who have a bachelor's degree, have completed a teacher preparation program in the state of Kansas, and heave never held a teaching license in the state of Kansas to qualify. Here is the application for Standard Substitute License if you meet these qualifications. There is a complete list of instructions in this application to aid you in your application process. The fee is $54 made payable to Kansas State Department of Education in the form of a money order or cashier's check are preferred, though personal checks are accepted and the application form, a complete set of official transcripts, and Form 5A in the application must be completed and mailed to the licensure officer at the institution where you completed your teacher education program. There is a separate $50 fee to process your background check, payable to KSDE in a money order or cashier's check are preferred, though personal checks are accepted, and should not be combined with your application fee listed above.

Submit Your Standard Substitute License Application

When completed submit your application to: Mail the application, fee and all applicable supporting documents to: Teacher Education and Licensure KSDE 120 SE 10th Avenue Topeka, KS 66612-1182 An Emergency Substitute License is to be used if this is your first Emergency Substitute License or you have not held an Emergency Substitute License since the 1999-2000 school year. A minimum of 60 semester credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university is required for this degree. Here is the application for Emergency Substitute License if you meet these qualifications. The fee is $42 made payable to Kansas State Department of Education in the form of a money order or cashier's check are preferred, though personal checks are accepted and the application form and a complete set of official transcripts. There is a separate $50 fee to process your background check, payable to KSDE in a money order or cashier's check are preferred, though personal checks are accepted, and should not be combined with your application fee listed above.

Submit Your Emergency Substitute License Application

When completed submit your application to: Mail the application, fee and all applicable supporting documents to: Teacher Education and Licensure KSDE 120 SE 10th Avenue Topeka, KS 66612-1182 Here is a direct resource from Kansas State Department of Education and the process on how to become a substitute teacher in Kansas.

Get Your Kansas Fingerprint Clearance Card

You must have Fingerprint Clearance Card to work as a substitute teacher in Kansas. You may order a fingerprint clearance card online, for the purpose of a KBI and FBI background clearance report.

Obtain Official College Transcripts

You'll need your original college transcripts showing you have a bachelor's degree in order to receive your substitute certificate. Submit your official transcript with your substitute teacher application.

Letters of Recommendation

While you're waiting for your substitute teacher certificate to be processed, you may wish to ask professional references for a letter of recommendation. It's probably a good idea to get 2-3 letters of recommendation, as most school districts will require theses recommendations when you apply for substitute teaching jobs in Kansas.

Substitute Teacher Pay in Kansas

Rates for substitute teaching will vary by district. Research indicates that as a subsitute teacher, you'll make anywhere from $85 to $127.50 per day depending on the school where you sub.

Substitute Teacher Jobs in Kansas

If you're looking for a substitute teacher job in Kansas, one of the best ways to find one is to inquire at the school district office or specific school where you'd like to teach. You can find a complete listing of Kansas schools districts here. Another resource for jobs listings as substitute teacher job in Kansas, teaching jobs in Kansas as found on the Kansas State Department of Education site.

Substitute Teacher Resources

Kansas State Department of Education
Teacher Education and Licensure
120 SE 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1182
(785) 291-3678

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