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Kansas Transition to Training Grant

Kansas State University's new Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)--an intensive, one-year, online degree specifically designed for people who have already earned a bachelor’s degree but want to pursue elementary teaching—allows school districts to “grow their own teachers.” Field experiences are arranged in an accredited school near the student—LIKE YOURS. In addition to earning their MAT, students are recommended for K-6 teaching license upon successful completion of the program. 

The Kansas Board of Regents will fund 30 Kansas Transitions to Teaching Fellowships ($6,000.00—roughly 1/3 of the total tuition and fees) for admitted students from western Kansas (KBOE Area 5), KCK, Wichita, and Topeka. The fellowships will be applied to tuition/fees for Kansas State University's Master of Arts in Teaching Program (MAT). 

The MAT was recently featured on Action News 41 in Kansas City: http://www.kshb.com/news/state/kansas/new-k-state-program-to-help-fill-need-for-elementary-school-teachers 

The director of the MAT, Dr. Tom Vontz, will host an online interactive information session on Thursday, February 2. Interested students can go to: https://ksu.zoom.us/j/761809169. Zoom may be downloaded to any device at ZOOM. 

Please forward this email to staff, parents, and/or others in your service area that might be interested in this opportunity such as long-term subs without certification, paras with undergraduate degrees, or parents interested in becoming elementary teachers. 

Application deadline is APRIL 1, 2017. Priority deadline for KTTT Fellowships is MARCH 1, 2017. 

If you want more information you may call 785-532-5724, email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or visit our website http://global.k-state.edu/education/mateaching/

Flyer PDF

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The KCKPS Certificate:

Because KCKPS is a member of the Coalition of Innovative Schools, our district is allowed to certify individuals who have never obtained a degree in Education to teach in high-need content areas with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree. The high-need content areas include teaching positions in middle and high schools and may include Science, Math, English (English Language Arts), Engineering, Technology and Information Systems, or Finance/Accounting. Other content areas may be needed on a limited basis and will be determined annually based on the needs of the district.

This is one of the two pathways now available for prospective teachers. This pathway may require limited costs associated with the submission of information to verify education or other data required by the Kansas State of Education. Additionally, the Fellows program candidate may be required to contribute financially for books or supplies associated with the minimum two year required training program as directed by the KCKPS district personnel.

The Master’s of Art in Teaching:

Another pathway is the Master’s of Art in Teaching program from Pittsburg State University, with many courses taught by qualified KCKPS personnel. This pathway requires the cost of the hourly credits for each course taken and, if all measures are met, results in an earned Master’s degree and a provisional teaching license. Once hired and teaching, the candidate transitions to a full license and is then eligible to teach anywhere in Kansas.

 

Alternative Pathways to Teaching

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Contacts

Shelly Beech
Human Resources, KCKPS
(913) 279-2314
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Lindsey Cegelis
Program Advisor, KCKPS
(913) 534-4930
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Cynthia Fulks
Recruiting Manager, KCKPS
(913) 279-2364
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history

The Kansas City, Kansas Teaching Fellows program began in 2000 as a partnership between Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools; Pittsburgh State University, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The program was developed and facilitated in coordination with The New Teacher Project of New York to address the need for teachers in high-needs schools. The Kansas State Department of Education approved the alternative licensure program.

Between 2000 and 2010, the Kansas City Kansas Teaching Fellows program recruiting high-performing individuals from non-education related professions to teach in our KCK classrooms. We prepared and hired more than 200 teachers for the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ elementary and secondary classrooms. With Fellows, the district was able to staff vacancies that had been filled by long-term substitutes for many years.

Previously, nearly every high school math and science department consisted almost entirely of Fellows and achievement rates rose tremendously. While the initial need was for the math and science teachers, over time, we also accepted Fellows for elementary positions and for all content areas, including English, Social Studies, Spanish, Business, Fine Arts, and Family and Consumer Sciences.

Participants selected for the Fellows program completed a six-week summer institute “boot camp” experience that included teaching district summer school classes to KCK students in the morning and taking graduate-level classes in the afternoon or evening. The summer boot camp was taught by district personnel who prepared these teacher candidates for teaching in a high-needs school and meeting the needs of our students.

After an absence in the Fellows program from 2010-2015, KCKPS Administration team determined that school districts are beginning to feel the pressure of another teacher shortage, not only in KCK but across the state of Kansas and throughout our nation. KCKPS, with our Pittsburg State University partner, has re-ignited our successful KCK Teaching Fellows program for the 2016-2017 school year.

The vision of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is to be one of the Top 10 School Districts in the Nation. Our goal is that “Each student will exit high school prepared for college and careers in a global society, and at every level, performance is on-track and on-time for success.” By re-igniting the KCK Teaching Fellows program we will be able to ensure that our students have an additional source of highly qualified teachers, in order to reach their goals and for the KCKPS to continue the journey to becoming a Top 10 School District. Exciting partnerships with other colleges and universities, teaching organizations, business representatives and community agencies will enhance our ability to support Diploma+ program initiatives that will spread throughout our school district over the next few years.

 

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