With its low cost of living, solid economy, laid-back lifestyle, sporting options and wide-open spaces, Kansas offers a compelling proposition for those seeking a teaching career in mathematics. Kansas is seeking top-notch educators, and the state’s teacher salaries are slowly increasing to reach the national average. To attract high-quality educators, Kansas participates in a range of federal loan forgiveness programs for teachers working in high-need areas. Kansas also offers a range of grants to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
There are numerous professional associations and programs available that will help prospective teachers thrive. Kansas also offers several pathways to obtain teaching certification: from an Initial Teaching Certificate to an Accomplished Teachers Certificate. Obtaining a reciprocal license is fairly streamlined, and the state is willing to accept credit from out-of-state teacher education programs (as long as you have passed the Praxis content area tests).
Math Teacher Certification in Kansas
Math Teaching Qualifications
To earn your Kansas teaching credential, you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and content assessments (such as the Praxis). You will also have to complete an accredited certification program.
Credentials & Exams
- Kansas issues three types of licenses: The Initial certification, which is valid for two years; the Professional certificate, which requires a performance assessment and is valid for five years; and the Accomplished certificate, which is valid for ten years and only available to teachers who have achieved National Board Certification.
- For a complete guide to Kansas’ teacher licensure and accreditation, click here.
Alternative Certification for Math Teachers
Kansas also offers alternative pathways to teacher certification:
- The Restricted Teaching License Alternative Pathway is for career professionals looking to transition into the teaching profession. In order to qualify, individuals will need to have completed the requisite coursework. While teaching under a restricted license, teachers are permitted to teach in secondary level content areas or at all levels in specified subject areas while completing the requirements for full licensure.
- Kansas also participates in the Missouri Region Troops to Teachers program, available to veterans wishing to enter the teaching profession.
Financial Aid for KS Math Teachers
- The Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is a National Science Foundation program that assists colleges and universities in diversifying the workforce STEM fields.
- The Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship is a merit-based service obligation scholarship program that provides financial assistance to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree and currently-licensed teachers pursuing endorsement in hard-to-fill disciplines, including math.
- The Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP): This program is intended to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers.
Math Teaching Degrees in Kansas
Below we've listed all of the Kansas math teacher education programs in our database. We're constantly scouring the web to find new programs to add, so feel free to check back frequently.
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Fast Facts for Kansas Math Teachers
Kansas State Department of Education
900 SW Jackson St.
Topeka, KS 66612
Common Core Standards adopted Oct. 2010; implemented 2013-14. Learn more about math standards for Kansas here.
Math Teacher Jobs
Teacher Shortages in MathNone reported in 2014-15.
Expenditure per Student: $9,689
Kansas’ public K-12 expenditures per student in fall 2012-13 enrollment totaled $9,689, or 87.5% of the national average. (Source: NEA)