Education Transfer

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It is predicted the United States will need to fill nearly 1 million teaching positions as current teachers reach retirement age.
Education is a field with a variety of options for working with children; the most popular position being a classroom teacher. High demand areas will include those requiring special training in math and science, working with English as a Second Language, working with those identified with special needs and working within schools which serve a significant percentage of students from low-income situations.


Family and Consumer Sciences is rapidly becoming a high need area in the state of Kansas as high schools have redesigned programs to meet work force demands and revisions within the Kansas State Department of Education Career & Technical Education Pathway programs.

To teach children (PreK – 12th grade) in Kansas public schools, teachers must be licensed by the Kansas State Department of Education. This is accomplished after completion of a four-year degree and meeting minimum standards on professional assessments in content areas and pedagogy of teaching.

Cowley College offers several avenues and partnerships to assist students in transferring to an appropriate teacher college to meet state licensure requirements for all grade levels. In addition, Cowley College has designed programs to assist those who would like to work within school systems but seek employment opportunities other than as a classroom teacher.

Education/Elementary & Early Childhood
Education/Secondary (General)
Education/Secondary (Specific Discipline)

To teach in a Kansas public school (grades 6-12), teachers must be certified by the State of Kansas upon completion of a four-year degree. Since secondary education is not a major at the bachelor level, students need to select a major and a teaching minor from among those disciplines taught in high schools. Since admission to secondary education is competitive, completing these courses alone does not guarantee admission. A minimum grade point average determined by the transfer institution and passage of basic skills tests are required for program admission.

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Cowley College has partnered with the Newman University Pathway to Teaching Program to meet the needs of school districts hiring qualified, licensed teachers in Kansas. This program is intended for individuals seeking to enter the teaching profession in Cowley County and surrounding areas who would like to begin the program taught on the Cowley College campus in Arkansas City, KS and the Sumner campus in Wellington, KS.

  • Average financial aid awarded per student this year is $18,000 (Outreach Locations)
  • Fastest path out of class and into the classroom (16 months for students with Associate’s Degree)
  • NU Outreach Education Grads have nearly 100% Job Placement
  • “Life-Friendly” Class Schedule - Perfect for working adults including Paraprofessionals & Substitute Teachers.
  • 8 Weeks Course Schedule - Evening Classes Face to Face
    Pathway toward a K-6 Teaching License with additional endorsements available.
  • Teach Grant Eligible
  • Kansas Teacher Service Grant Eligible

Faculty & Staff

Director of Education
Academic Department Specialist, Health & Human Services
Faculty Chair, Health & Human Services, EMS Director

Kansas Promise Act logoKansas Promise Act Eligible
Kansas residents can earn scholarship dollars to cover expenses associated with completing an eligible associate degree or certificate. Contact an Admissions Representative to find out more about the Kansas Promise Act scholarship.


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The Cowley College Education Program is committed to providing learning experiences which promote the understanding that education is a means for transforming individuals, local communities, and global societies. 

Through reflective practices and rigorous studies, the Cowley College Education program is committed to fostering future teachers who strive for academic excellence and who advocate for quality education for students with various backgrounds and needs. 

Dedicated faculty implement best practices in instruction to ensure course content is covered effectively to ensure academic excellence and to ensure coursework is transferable for meeting university expectations and accreditation needs.
- Students are provided opportunities within local schools to develop connections to course content and understand the importance of creating caring and safe learning environments.
- Students are provided with a historical perspective of formal education while reflecting on a more contemporary and global view of today’s educational needs and approaches.
- Through the reflective process, students come to understand their philosophical ideals on education and the personal dispositions which contribute to becoming an effective educator: integrity, collaboration, empathy, committed to excellence, accountability, professional growth, demonstrate equity and inclusion.