• Teacher Licensure
    The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) requires that teachers be licensed in the content area/grade level in which they are employed. The Human Resources Department is available to support your efforts to maintain the currency of your license. Please see the list of frequently asked questions below for helpful information about the licensure process.


    Out-of-State License Holders and Individuals without a Teaching Degree
    As of July 1, 2014 Kansas legislation has made it possible for some individuals who have not gone through an accredited teaching program to obtain licensure for the purpose of teaching Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses or courses in science, math, engineering, technology or finance. Please see the attached document for more details here.

    Out-of-State license holders who wish to be considered for employment with USD 497 should contact the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) before applying to see what they will need to do in order to become licensed in the state of Kansas.

    Human Resources refers all out-of-state licensed, STEM degree, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) credential holders to the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) for updated information on the requirements for obtaining a Kansas Teaching License.
     

    FAQ: How do I...?

Check the expiration date of my license

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    The expiration Date is located on your license. If you don't have a copy of your license immediately available, you can look up the date by following this link to the KSDE website here.

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Renew or upgrade my current Kansas license

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    We refer all Certified and prospective staff to the KSDE website for the most up-to-date information on licensure procedures and fees. You can follow this link here to be directed to their licensure page.  Human Resources has also created a Licensure Flowchart to help current staff navigate the licensure process. You can find it here.

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View or print my current license

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    KSDE no longer prints licenses for teachers. All teachers must go to the KSDE website and download a PDF copy to their computer, which they can then print if they choose. Current employees must send a copy of their license to the Human Resources Department once it has been updated. Follow this link here to view or download a copy of your license.

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Complete the employment verification or teacher mentor portion of my application

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    Please contact Lois Groh in Human Resources (785-330-6523; lgroh@usd497.org) regarding the employment verification or mentoring portion of your application.

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Find out what I can teach with my license

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    KSDE has set guidelines on what types of endorsements are required for specific grade levels and content area. They list this information in their licensed personnel guide here.

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Change my name or address with KSDE

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    KSDE has a form teachers must fill out to change their name on their license.  The form can be found here.

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Get fingerprinted

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    The district is now offering fingerprinting for current employees renewing their license. Please contact Mandy Czerniak at mczernia@usd497.org to schedule an appointment. 

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  • Need Assistance?  
    KSDE Licensure Office:
    Licensure Operator 
    785-296-2288
    Building Hours
    M-F 8am - 5pm
     
     
    Professional Learning (MLP):
    HR Specialist
    Mandy Czerniak
    785-330-1846
     
    General Questions
    HR Specialist:
    Laura Roberson
    785-330-2651
     
    HRIS Coordinator:
    Ellen Jones
    785-330-2393