Kansas substitute teacher eligibility could expand

As a shortage of Kansas substitute teachers is expected to continue into the 2022-23 school year, the Kansas State Board of Education is considering permanently expanding eligibility for most anyone with a high school diploma to receive a substitute teacher license.

The state board on Tuesday heard an update from Mischel Miller, director of teacher and license for the department, on the status of the board’s Temporary Emergency Authorization Licensing program.

That program, which the board passed in January, was intended as a stop-gap measure that allowed anyone 18 or older with a high school diploma, in addition to passing a background check, to substitute teach in the state for just this school year. Regular substitute teacher licenses require holders to have earned at least 60 college credits.

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