How to Become an Education Administrator in Kansas

Learn how to become an Education Administrator or School Principal in Kansas.

The Kansas State Department of Education issues a variety of School Leadership Licenses to qualified applicants. These include Building Leadership for school principals and District Leadership for superintendents.

Academic Obligations

You must successfully complete an authorized graduate level leadership program and hold a graduate degree. A minimum GPA of 3.25 in your graduate program is required.


If you wish to pursue a Building Leadership License, you must pass the Praxis II School Leaders Licensure Assessment. For a District Leadership License, you must pass the Praxis II School Superintendent Assessment.

Classroom Teaching Experience Requirements

You need at least 3 years of experience in a Kansas school under a valid professional license.

Document and Application Requirements

If you meet all of the above obligations, you may apply for a Conditional School Leadership License. Then, after you enroll in practicum credits during your first year of employment as a school leader, you will undergo a performance assessment. If you successfully pass this assessment, you may apply for a Professional School Leadership License, valid for 5 years. Applications, supporting materials, and fees should be mailed to Educator Education and Licensure, Kansas State Department of Education, 120 SE 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612-1182.

Background Check Requirements

Before you acquire your education administrator license, you must undergo a criminal history background check.

State Contacts

For info about school leadership programs at Kansas’s colleges and universities, contact the licensure officers at the institution that interests you.

For additional info about school leadership licensure in Kansas, contact the Kansas State Department of Education at 785-296-3201.

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