KCKPS Teaching Fellows

If you have a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, business, Spanish, engineering, math or English/language arts, you can develop the skills needed to make a difference in the lives of students. The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools has a Teaching Fellows program which will allow you to teach full-time while earning your teaching certification or Master’s degree in education. Contact us for more information at 913-551-3200.

This program offers two alternative pathways to the classroom:

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

Timeline KCK Certificate Masters of Art in Teaching / KSDE License
Application Process

1.     Apply to program: Complete the online application, including references, statement of purpose, resume, and letters of recommendation

2.     Pass Practice Praxis (Middle-level Content exam)

3.     Submit all college transcripts

4.     Participate in Selection Day

5.     Meet all application requirements for KCK

6.     Apply to PSU Graduate program-Masters of Arts in Teaching

7.     Transcript analysis for possible deficiencies in content area, Submit all OFFICIAL college transcripts

8.     Pass Content Praxis (7-12)

9.     Participate in Selection Day.

 Timeline KCK Certificate Masters of Art in Teaching / KSDE License
Summer 1

Intensive Summer Institute

·       Module 1 – Instructional Planning

·       Module 2 – Classroom Management

·       Module 3 – Diversity

·       Module 4 – District Orientation

·       Student Contact / Summer School

·       TCHL 879 – Instructional Planning

·       TCHL 836 – Positive Classroom Management

·       TCHL 851 – Multicultural Approaches to Diversity in the Classroom

Fall/Winter 1

·       Module 5 – KCK Induction and Mentoring

·       Module 6 – Instructional Strategies

·       Module 7 - Application of Content

·       TCHL 825 – Initial Experience

·       TCHL 839 – Techniques for Teaching (Secondary)

Spring 1

·       Module 8 – Best Practices in Assessment

·       Module 9 – Content Literacy

·       TCHL 878 – Assessment for Effective Teaching

·       TCHL 720 -Content Literacy

Summer 2

·       Module 10 – ESOL Strategies

·       Module 11 – Inclusion Class

·       SPED 815 – Individuals with Exceptionalities

·       TCHL 854 – Adv. Methods for ESOL

Fall/Winter 2

·       Module 12 – Learner Development

·       Module 13 – Integrating Technology

·       EDTH 868 – Integration of Technology

·       PSYCH 810 – Advanced Educational Psychology

Spring 2 ·       Module 14 – Leadership and Collaboration ·       TCHL 849 – Culminating Experience