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Alternate Route/Restricted License Program


Restricted School Specialist

Applicable to Restricted Teaching and Restricted School Specialist License

From KSDE 91-1-203. Licensure requirements

(i) Restricted school specialist license.


(1) Each applicant for a restricted school specialist license with endorsement for school library media or school counselor shall submit to the state board the following:

  • (A) An application for a restricted school specialist license and the appropriate fee;
    (B) an official transcript or transcripts verifying completion of a graduate degree in the content area of counseling or library media;
    (C) verification of a minimum of three years of full-time professional counseling or librarian experience;
    (D) verification of a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale in graduate coursework

(E) Passing the Praxis test for School Guidance and Couseling and
(F) documentation that the following are met:


(i) the local education agency will employ the applicant if the license is issued;
(ii) the local education agency has an agreement with an experienced school specialist in the same content area to serve as a mentor for the applicant;
(iii) the local educational agency will provide, within the first six weeks of employment, an orientation or induction program for the applicant;
(iv) the local education agency has collaborated with a Kansas teacher education institution regarding the program that the applicant will pursue to obtain full licensure; and
(v) the local education agency will provide release time for the candidate to work with the mentor and to work on progress toward program completion; and

  • (G) a statement from the licensing officer of a Kansas teacher education institution attesting to the following:


(i) The applicant has on file a written plan that will qualify the applicant for full licensure in the school specialist content area for which the restricted license is sought;
(ii) the plan for program completion can be completed in not more than three years and contains a specific designation of the coursework that is to be completed each year;
(iii) the program provided to the applicant will meet the institution's approved professional education standards;
(iv) the institution will provide the applicant with on-site support; and
(v) the institution has collaborated with the employing local education agency concerning the applicant's program.

 

(2) Each local education agency that employs a person holding a restricted school specialist license shall submit to the commissioner of education a progress report before July 1 of each year during the effective period of the restricted school specialist license. This progress report shall include the following:

  • (A) Verification that the applicant has attained passing scores on the content assessment required by the state board of education by the end of the first year;
  • (B) verification from the chief administrative officer of the employing local education agency attesting to the following:

    (i) The applicant's contract will be renewed; and
    (ii) the local education agency will continue to assign an experienced mentor teacher to the applicant and provide accommodations to the applicant to work with the mentor teacher and to complete the applicant's plan for full licensure;

  • (C) a statement from the licensing officer of the applicant's teacher education institution attesting to the following:

    (i) The applicant has made appropriate progress toward completion of the applicant's plan to qualify for full licensure; and
    (ii) the institution will continue to support the applicant, on-site, as necessary; and

  • (D) an official transcript verifying that the applicant has attained at least a 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the courses specified in the applicant's plan for full licensure.

(3) Each applicant who is unable to provide any verification or statement required in paragraph (2) of this subsection shall no longer be eligible to hold a restricted school specialist license