State Profile

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

State Profile - Kansas

April 2018


The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at

Has the state adopted leadership standards? Yes. Kansas has adopted the Kansas Licensure Program Standards for Building Level Leadership. Source
Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs? Kansas State Board of Education Kan. Admin. Regs. 91-1-231
Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards? Yes. Building level leadership preparation programs must align with the Kansas Licensure Program Standards for Building Level Leadership. Source
Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs? No state policy found.
Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs? Yes. State-accredited educator preparation program providers may seek approval for an innovative or experimental program to prepare personnel for positions for which no program currently exists or to utilize a new approach or method for the preparation of education personnel in an existing program. State policy provides additional requirements. Kan. Admin. Regs. 91-1-234
Certification and Licensure
What are the initial school leader certification requirements? To qualify for an Initial School Leadership License, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree and receive institutional verification of completion of a graduate-level school leadership program
  • Achieve a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA in master's leadership program coursework
  • Have at lease five years of experience in a state-accredited school while holding a standard teaching or school specialist license and have achieved the professional-level license, a professional clinical license or a full technical certificate
  • Have at least one year of recent accredited experience or at least eight semester hours of recent credit
  • Receive a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.
Kan. Admin. Regs. 91-1-203
What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state? Out-of-state applicants are held to the same requirements as in-state candidates. Kan. Admin. Regs. 91-1-204
Is there an alternative route to initial certification? No state policy found. However, state policy does allow for innovative and/or experimental preparation programs. 

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