Professional Opportunities



Join us to learn more about your pathways to teaching!

Wednesday, November 7th   |   6:30-8:30 p.m.
Garden City High School (enter through north doors at the point)

Opportunities to meet with & learn more about programs from seven colleges & universities:

Emporia State University’s Master’s Degree in Elementary Education is designed for career changers who currently hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education and are interested in teaching at the elementary level.  With online courses and a clinical experience placement near you, you can earn a master’s degree without changing locations.  In as little as two years, you will be eligible to apply for an Elementary Education (K-6) teaching license.

Fort Hays State University’s Transition to Teaching (T2T) is a program designed for those who either have a bachelor’s degree or higher in the content area or coursework equivalent to a major in the subject area AND is hired to teach that subject in an accredited Kansas school. This will allow you to apply for an Initial Teaching License in the following areas: PreK-12 music, art, PE and 6-12 core subjects. 

Garden City Community College partners with several colleges and universities across the state to offer transfer agreements which will allow for a seamless transition from GCCC to a four year institution where you will complete a bachelor’s degree.

Newman University’s Accelerated Teacher Education Program designed for those who have earned an associate’s degree or have 60 or more college hours. Program length is 16 months, which includes the student teaching semester. The program is K-6, however, you can also major in Early Childhood Unified and earn a degree that is Birth – 3rd grade in Special Education and K-6 Regular education. Students are encouraged to be paraprofessionals or substitute teachers while completing the program. Our classes are typically offered face to face in the evening 2-3 nights per week at a location near you (Garden City, Dodge City, Liberal).

University of Nebraska Kearney offers undergraduate and graduate programs that lead to Teacher and Administrative Certification.  Options are available for those who have prior community college or university credit. Explore the online programs, undergraduate and graduate, that lead to certification.  Also hear about the student teaching partnership with Garden City Public Schools and the Kansas Advantage Scholarship.

Wichita State University’s Teacher Apprentice Program (TAP) allows you to work as a Para Educator while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education/Elementary Education online.  You will earn college credit for your Para experience every semester which will apply toward your degree.  It is built around the philosophy of an “inverted curriculum,” meaning many of the “professional” courses are at the front end of the program to focus on heightening the skills of Paras in their current position and preparing a Para, if eligible to serve as the teacher of record in their own classroom on a Limited Apprentice License while completing the program.  This program will allow you to apply for an Initial Teaching License for teaching at the Early Childhood and/or Elementary Education (K-6) level.


Providing the best professional development in the state of Kansas is a long-standing goal of Garden City Public Schools. Every month, USD 457 offers dozens of professional development seminars to assist our teachers in becoming the best educator possible. Each summer, more in-depth academies are offered for reading instruction, classroom management, and other topics. Our teachers also have many opportunities to participate in special grant-funded opportunities, such as Technology Rich Classrooms, Teaching American History, and Dual Language, just to name a few. Of course, all of these oppourunities are provided without cost to our employees, and the hours spent in professional development activites accumulate to advance our employees on the salary schedule.  

The district also offer several supports for teachers who must pass certification tests to gain licensure in Kansas or to add additional endorsements to their teaching license. The district has study guides available for all Praxis assessments. Additionally, review sessions are offered for the Praxis Principles of Teaching and Learning assessment as well as the Praxis English to Speakers of Other Languages assessment. Once USD 457 teachers pass assessments neccessary to gain needed licensure or endorsements, they may qualify for district reimbursement for the cost of their assessments.

Tuition Reimbursement

The district offers a number of tuition reimbursement programs for graduate study. The Master's Tuition Reimbursement Program provides up to $5,000 for teachers to pursue their first master's degree related to an educational area. For teachers seeking a master's degree in Special Education or English as a Second Language, USD 457 can cover virtually all tuition expenses. Teachers accepted into the Tuition Reimbursement Program are asked to make a commitment to teach in USD 457 for two years for endorsement programs and five years for master's programs.