FAQ: Transition to Teaching Program


Q: When can I begin the program?
A: A new two-year cohort begins in June of each year.


Q: When can I apply for the program?
A: Applications can be completed and submitted year-round.


Q: What do I need to be eligible for program entry?
A: Candidates need to have a degree in the subject they are wanting to teach or must have a degree and completed all required coursework in the subject in which one plans to teach and meet the GPA requirements.


Q: Are courses available online?
A: Courses for the Transition to Teaching program include face-to-face, hybrid and online formats.  On-campus courses during both summers are scheduled for late afternoon starts, and classes during the fall and spring are scheduled on Saturdays.  Keep these logistics in mind if you are considering application to the WSU program.


Q: What subjects can I teach?
A: The 'high needs' teaching fields at the secondary level are typically Mathematics, Science, and English. View subjects available for licensure through Transition to Teaching.


Q: How long does it take to complete the program?
A: It takes two years to complete teaching licensure requirements. It takes an additional year to complete the master's degree. A new two-year cohort begins every June.


Q: What tests will I need to take for program entry?
A: After completing the application process you should begin with testing preparation for the Praxis Subject Assessment Exam in your teaching subject.


Q: Can I transfer credit hours from another program or university to substitute for T2T program course requirements?
A: No. The Kansas State Department of Education and WSU have approved the set of courses that make up T2T.


Q: Can I apply for teaching positions anywhere in the state of Kansas?
A1: Yes, provided that the school has the KSDE required accreditation.  All Kansas public schools and Catholic diocese schools have accepted accreditation.  Contact the T2T office if you are considering an application to a school that is not in either of these categories.

A2: When looking for a teaching position, keep in mind that the WSU Transition to Teaching program holds a number of class sessions on campus.  You must be able to come to WSU for those classes in order to participate in the program.


Q: In what ways am I supported as a new teacher during my two years in the program?
A: Each T2T teacher in our program is assigned a WSU university supervisor for two years.  The university supervisor stays with the teacher for two years and schedules formal observations during that timeframe.  The university supervisor also has ongoing communication with the T2T Director regarding the successes and challenges of the teachers they supervise.  The school district is also required to provide a mentor for our teachers, and in some cases both a building and a district mentor provide support.


Q: How is the WSU Transition to Teaching program different from the other programs offered in Kansas?
A: Our program has many distinguishing features.  Courses are closely aligned to create a cumulative learning experience over the two years in the program.  Core coursework (focused on lesson and unit design, instructional strategies, classroom management and assessment) during year one is taught by the director of the program and the second year core is taught by a master teacher currently in the field.  Course instructors don't rotate, providing stability in the content of the courses and continued dialogue among the T2T course faculty for continuous improvement and linkage.  University supervisors are selected by the director based on their evaluative experience and are not associated with a school or district, while also providing two years of continuous support for their assigned T2T teachers.  Finally, courses focus on developing T2T teachers into innovative and creative educators.


Q: Can I coach or sponsor extra-curricular activities while teaching in the program?
A: We recommend that these additional responsibilities are avoided, when possible, since they can create additional stress on top of being a new teacher and keeping up with coursework.  These outside activities often create schedule conflicts with course sessions, and missing any course sessions results in loss of attendance and participation points, which have considerable weight in determining grades.  Course session dates are scheduled well in advance so that if a T2T teacher is asked to coach or sponsor and extra-curricular activity, they can notify their administrators of the days they will not be available for outside responsibilities.

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Q: How much does the T2T program cost?
A: The estimated two-year cost of completing the T2T program as of Spring 2019 Kansas resident tuition rates is $12,500, excluding textbooks; participants that decide to start the final MAT courses during the second spring semester will pay for additional credits.  This is an estimate and is subject to change. The cost veries from semester to semester since tuition and fees are based on individual courses taken during any given time period.

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Q: How much will I earn as a teacher while in the T2T program?
A: T2T teachers earn the same beginning salary as do other first and second year teachers.  Each school district sets their own salary schedules, as does the Catholic diocese.  For school year 2018-2019, beginning teacher salaries in the area range from $36,000 to $42,000 annually plus benefits.