Teacher Education Initiatives

The following opportunities are currently available:

Teacher Education Competitive Grant Program

The Kansas Teacher Education Competitive Grant Program (KTECGP) was established through Kansas House Bill 2185 (2007) to increase the number of licensed teachers in hard-to-fill disciplines and/or underserved geographic areas of the state.

The Kansas Board of Regents administers this grant in which the six state universities and Washburn University are eligible to apply for funds.  Institutions may use grant funds to create a new teacher education program or expand an existing program and must match grant funds on the basis of $1 from the institution to every $2 received from the grant.  

This initiative, which provides resources to institutions, is contingent upon funds available in the Teacher Service Scholarship Program, which provides financial support for students pursuing teaching careers in Kansas.  The chart below outlines the projects and funds awarded.


PROJECT-Target areas

Amount Awarded for AY2017-18

Amount Awarded for AY2018-19

Amount Awarded for AY2019-20

Emporia State University
-Marjorie Bock
Teachers College Special Education Fellows (pdf)
-Special Education, Elementary & Secondary 
$65,785 $73,137 $116,374
Fort Hays State University 
-Paul Adams
In PLACE Education (Innovative Pathways to Licensure and Competency in Elem. Ed. (pdf)
$81,146 $73,000 $60,000
Kansas State University
-Thomas Vontz
Kansas Transitions to Teaching (pdf)
-Elementary Education (Online Masters)
$142,217 $190,000 $150,000
Wichita State University
-Shirley Lafever-Davis
Teacher Apprentice Program (pdf)
 -Special Education, Elementary Education
$78,151 $79,000 $68,000
Washburn University
-Cherry Steffen
Paraprofessionals to Teachers (pdf)
-Special Education, Elementary & Secondary
$64.740 $100,000 $25,000
  Total:  $432,039 $515,137 $419,374

Questions about the Teacher Education Competitive Grant Program may be directed to:

Tara Lebar
Associate Director, Academic Affairs 
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Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship

This service obligation scholarship program provides financial assistance to both students pursuing bachelor's or master's degree programs and currently licensed teachers pursing endorsement in hard-to-fill disciplines or master's degrees in hard-to-fill disciplines or either group planning to teach (K-12) in an under-served geographic area in Kansas. Access more information and application details. Earn up to $5,536 per year!

Questions about the Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship may be directed to:

Jamie Whitmore
Student Financial Aid Specialist
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Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title II

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) TITLE II: Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals and Other School Leaders (formerly Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program)

All Title II funds are awarded to each state plan which, in Kansas, is through the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE).