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Education Department

A proud tradition of learning

Effective teachers are a key to the future of the region and to the future of the nation. At Washburn University, we pride ourselves in training the very best teachers – teachers who inspire their students and who work effectively with each student’s unique talents and needs. What’s more, our strong partnerships with local districts ensures that our students have ample opportunity to gain practical experience as they earn their degrees.

Elementary Programs

All students seeking an initial license complete a well-rounded sequence of general education courses delivered by arts and sciences departments and all students complete a professional sequence of courses delivered through the Department of Education. Teacher candidates pursuing a kindergarten through grade six (K-6) license complete appropriate specialty courses offered by the Department of Education and receive a Bachelors  of Education (B Ed) upon completion of required courses and clinical experiences.

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Secondary and P12 Programs

Instruction and clinical experiences leading to 6-12 licenses are offered in Biology, Chemistry, English/Language Arts, History and Government, and Mathematics. Candidates completing a P-12 or 6-12 license complete a major in their teaching disciplines. The Department of Education offers a variety of teacher licensure programs in elementary secondary education as well as certification programs for individuals who have already earned a four year degree and who want to pursue a teaching license. Click on the buttons to find out more about each of these programs.

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Teacher Licensure

These programs are for individuals who already have a degree and only want to acquire a teaching license.  

These programs are available for individuals who have graduated with a 4 year degree and are interested in pursuing requirements for a teaching license and not an additional degree.

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Early Childhood Education

Students are able to complete an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education by completing a sequence of courses and clinical experiences focused on the birth through grade three children.The Department of Education offers a variety of teacher licensure programs in elementary secondary education as well as certification programs for individuals who have already earned a four year degree and who want to pursue a teaching license. Click on the buttons to find out more about each of these programs.

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STEM Educator's Conference

STEM Educator's Conference

  • Science is more than just a school subject.  Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) offer a fundamental way of understanding and changing the world for the better.  Come and learn the latest techniques in teaching science, technology, engineering and math at this full day conference on the Washburn University campus in Topeka.

Summer Transportation STEM Camp

  • If you know a rising 7th or 8th grade student interested in science, technology and math, this is a great opportunity for them to learn more about the practical application of science in transportation. Today’s transportation industry needs young people who want to learn about STEM subjects.

Content Tests

Candidates applying for licensure must take and pass the required content test(s). The following information is provided to help ensure that you sign up for and take the correct test for your licensure.

Elementary and Middle School Codes:

To be licensed in:

Take this test

Test Code

Qualifying Score

Elementary

Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

5017

153

Early Childhood

Unified

Education Young Children

5024

160

English/Language Arts 5-8

Middle School English

5047

158

History Comprehensive 5-8

Middle School Social Studies

5089

155

Mathematics 5-8

Middle School Mathematics

5169

157

PLT

Principle of Learning and Teaching K-6

5622

160

Secondary Licensure Test Codes

To be licensed in:

Take this Test

Test Code

Qualifying Score

Biology

Biology: Content knowledge

5235

150

Chemistry

Chemistry: Content Knowledge

5245

152

English Language Arts

English Language, Literature and Composition: Content knowledge

5038

162

History and Government 6-12

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

5081

158

Mathematics 6-12

Mathematics: Content Knowledge

5161

152

Any Secondary Level license

Principles of Learning and Teaching

5624

160

All Levels Licensure Tests

To be licensed in:

Take this Test

Test Code

Qualifying Score

Art

Art: Content Knowledge

5134

160

Music

 Music: Content Knowledge

5113

152

Physical Education

Physical Education: Content Knowledge

5091

148

French

French: World Language

5174

159

German

German:World Language

5183

160

Spanish

 Spanish: World Language

5195

165

Any P-12 license

Principles of Learning and Teaching

 (recommended for WU students)

5624

160

Graduate Program Codes:

To be licensed in:

You Need to Take

Test Code

Test

Score

Building Leadership

School Leaders Assessment  

6011

165

District Leadership

School Superintendent Assessment  

6021

160

Adaptive Special Education

Special Education: Core Knowledge

5543

155

Reading Specialist

Reading Reading Specialist

5301

164

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Education

Department of Education
Carnegie Hall, Room 202
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1427

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Washburn University School Of Law

Washburn University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Dr. Pamela Foster, Equal Opportunity Director/Title IX Coordinator, Washburn University, 1700 SW College Ave, Topeka, Kansas 66621, 785.670.1509, eodirector@washburn.edu.

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