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Most of us have encountered a teacher along our educational journey, some of us have encountered many, who was such an inspiration and made such an impression that our intellectual fabric was forever changed. This is why teachers are among our world’s most valuable assets.

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

Friends University is proud to offer education degrees that provide extensive classroom experience before student teaching, classroom management strategies embedded into methods courses, and a wide variety of district placements for field experiences. All Friends University K-6, PK-12 and 6-12 teacher licensure programs are approved by the Kansas State Department of Education. Our Teacher Education program has been continuously recognized and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since the founding of that organization in 1954, and is currently accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

To view Friends University CAEP outcomes, visit the CAEP accreditation outcomes page.

Download the undergraduate teacher education handbook.

Teacher of Promise Scholarship

Two $1000 Teacher of Promise scholarships are awarded each semester to two outstanding student teachers who have demonstrated excellence in their teacher preparation program and K-12 classroom performance. Teacher of Promise scholarships are offered by Credit Union of America.


Most graduates in Teacher Education are hired as a licensed teacher in their area of licensure and begin at the start of the next academic school year. Frequently December graduates are hired for full time teaching positions beginning the following January. Others may be hired as substitute teachers and assistant coaches for the spring semester. Many Friends graduates are employed in the greater Wichita schools and surrounding districts. Some graduates choose to return to their home state where they begin their careers as a professional educator.

To view teacher education program licensure, visit the Friends University Professional Licensure Disclosures webpage.

Salary information

Teacher salaries vary from one district to another, and salaries vary across different grade levels and teaching fields. The base salary for a BS/BA level beginning teacher with no experience for the local district (USD 259, Wichita) is $47,736 with a full range of benefits that typically include sick leave, health insurance, flex spending accounts, retirement, etc. Salary schedules are negotiated locally by each district and may vary from year to year. Stepwise raises are built into the system based on years of experience and advanced training and degrees so that the current full range of salaries in USD 259 maximizes at $74,971 with a doctoral degree and 13+ years of experience. Additional district salary schedules are posted online by searching the district and teacher salary schedule or the district’s website.

Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship

This service obligation scholarship program provides financial assistance to students pursuing bachelor’s or master’s degree programs as well as currently licensed teachers pursuing new endorsements in hard-to-fill disciplines or master’s degrees in hard-to-fill disciplines or either group planning to teach (K-12) in an underserved geographic area in Kansas.

Colleges of Distinction

Already recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its innovative approach to education, Friends University has been honored further for its expert blending of the liberal arts with professional programming in Education. The 21st-century job market now demands teachers who are both stellar communicators and critical-thinkers, and it is with Friends well-rounded approach to teacher development that you will be especially prepared to take on the postgraduate world.

Elementary Education (PreK-6)

  • Elementary teachers have the great responsibility of molding the minds of our community’s most vulnerable and impressionable members.

  • As elementary education majors, students have the opportunity to earn their elementary education degree and make a difference in the lives of children every day. The elementary education program in the College of Adult and Professional Studies prepares adult students to teach grades K-6.

Secondary Education (6-12)

  • The Biology Education program at Friends University prepares students to teach biology in grades 6-12.

  • Educators emphasize the best and latest methods for instructing older children in the areas of composition, creative writing, dramatic readings and interpretation, literature, poetry and reading comprehension.

  • The History, Government, Social Studies Education major is designed to get into the classroom those students whose passions for history, civics, sociology, government, economics, and other related fields has inspired them to become teachers themselves.

  • The demand for mathematicians in the United States is high, as is the need for talented and qualified teachers of this discipline.

  • Many teachers encourage students to express themselves, but few have as much fun doing so as those who teach speech, theatre, debate and forensics.

PreK-12 Education

  • By sharing your passion for and knowledge of the visual arts, you can empower others to find their creative voices and tell their stories.

  • Health and wellness education doesn’t always take place in a school setting. This degree from Friends can give you the foundation to help others improve their lives by improving their health.

  • Teaching others to read and appreciate different types of music, identify and play instruments, and use their voices to create works of art is a gift to the student and to the world.

  • You can teach every young student’s favorite class! And instill in children of all ages that physical activity is a vital part of a healthy life.

  • A degree in Spanish education opens many doors for graduates inside the classroom, as well as in the private and public sectors.

Graduate Education

  • The new METL degree program includes a revised, cutting-edge core focused on the common core, learning, performance and assessment. Beyond the core, you will select 12 workshops from more than 100 potential choices to fully customize the remainder of the program of study.

  • This program is for you if already possess a teaching license and want to teach pre-K through 12th grade students with high-incidence disabilities. You’ll learn how to adapt curriculum to fit the needs of all students. This licensure track will allow you to complete the Kansas Department of Education licensure requirements.

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