Educate the State

In an effort to help address the critical teacher shortage facing Kansas, Newman University has partnered with other higher education institutions to create an innovative path for community college students to obtain their  teaching degrees at a significantly reduced cost. The public-private partnership is called Educate the State.

How It Works

This collaboration promotes affordable and streamlined opportunities for students pursuing a career in secondary education.

Schools in the partnership include:

  • Newman University
  • Butler Community College
  • Cowley Community College
  • Friends University
  • Southwestern College

The initiatives builds on a transfer agreement developed between Kansas public community colleges and members schools of the Kansas Independent College Association (KICA). 

The partnership allows students to complete an associate's degree at Butler or Cowley, then transfer to Newman to pursue a bachelor's in education with the all-in Educate the State tuition rate of $300 per credit hour for the fall and spring semesters until the bachelor degree in secondary education is completed. The scholarship will bring the total tuition to approximately $9,600/year (does not include fees or room and board).

Students may still be eligible additional financial aid through: 
• Federal Pell Grant (based on FASFA submission and review), Federal TEACH Grant ProgramKansas Teacher Scholarship and Kansas Comprehensive Grant


• Declare and maintain a major in secondary education
• Enroll full-time (12+credit hours per semester)
• Maintain a 2.75 cumulative college GPA
• Be guaranteed admission to Newman University with completion of application requirements
and receipt of all relevant transcripts
• Enter the university at a junior status toward a baccalaureate degree
• Be guaranteed to transfer all credits (100 level and higher) with the university accepting 69
hours depending on the program of study selected. All credits from a two-year college must
have a earned grade of a C or better

Secondary Education programs available through Educate the State:

To apply for admission, students may contact the Newman University admissions office by calling:
(316) 942-4291-2451 or apply online at

Newman University maintains the right to determine admission standards for the college as well as for various degree programs. Courses and programs are subject to
change each year as outlined in the academic catalog.