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Emporia State University is a regional public institution in Kansas with an emphasis on teaching. ESU students take advantage of low student debt, flat-rate tuition, leadership opportunities, high impact learning experiences and a global perspective. The Teachers College at ESU continues the legacy of excellence as a national leader in teacher preparation. Emporia State graduates are highly sought after by school districts, both regionally and nationally. In 2017 and 2018, both the Kansas Teacher of the Year and the Kansas Superintendent of the Year were ESU alums. Over 40 Emporia State graduates have received the Kansas Horizon Award for excellence in the first year of teaching. The Emporia State campus is home to the National Teachers Hall of Fame and the National Memorial to Fallen Educators. Emporia State University has come together with Johnson County Community College and Kansas City Kansas Community College to bring a nationally-recognized elementary education program to you, allowing you to complete the elementary education program without relocating. Our award-winning Professional Development School program provides you with an outstanding internship experience supervised by a highly qualified, veteran teacher. Our Secondary Teacher Expanded Practice (STEP) program is one of the few initiatives in the nation to provide a nine-month Professional Development School experience for preservice middle and secondary teachers.

  • College or University
  • Emporia, KS
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Early career teachers prepared at Emporia State University are effective educators from their first day in the classroom. We have a 100 percent placement rate for our education graduates, and ESU’s quality assurance program guarantees that hiring districts will be satisfied with our first-year teachers.

Emporia State University
Bachelor’s & certification
Undergraduate Elementary Education Licensure Program
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Bachelor's & cert.
Undergraduate Elementary Education Licensure Program
Undergraduate Secondary Education Certification Program
Master’s & cert.
Master of Science in Elementary Education
Master of Education-Teaching, Option 2 Restricted Licensure
Bachelor’s & certification
Undergraduate Elementary Education Licensure Program
  • 48 months
    Program Duration
  • In-person
    Program Format
  • Rolling Deadline
    Application Deadline
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Program Info

Want to become an elementary teacher? ESU offers two options—you can have the college experience on our main campus in Emporia, or stay in the Kansas City metro area. ESU works with Johnson County Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College and Donnelly College to allow you to complete a four-year Elementary Education degree without relocating. ESU’s junior year coursework is offered at JCCC and our ESU-KC facility. You will be able to continue to work during the day since all junior-level classes are offered at night or online.

As a senior, you’ll gain valuable classroom experience in two different grade levels while learning effective methods of teaching. Our award-winning Professional Development School program provides you with an outstanding, two-semester internship experience. An ESU supervisor and an experienced mentor teacher will provide coaching and support so you can become the best teacher you can be!

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Tuition & Fees
In State Tuition
Out of State Tuition
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Cost Offsets
Students at Emporia State University have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with Emporia State University to see if you can, too!
Grants, Stipends, Scholarships

$6000 per year: James Patterson Education Scholarship for Freshmen elementary or secondary majors.

$1000 per year:  Breidenthal Education Scholars program provides any student from Wyandotte County, majoring in Elementary Education through our JCCC/ESU or KCKCC/ESU distance partnership programs.

Elberta Harris Scholarship for undergraduate students pursuing a teaching degree who have graduated from a Johnson County, Kansas high school and provide service to their community.

Work Study, Working While Still Enrolled

Students enrolled on the main campus may participate in the Work Study program and could earn up to $3000 per year based on their financial aid application.

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ESOL (6-12)
ESOL (K-6)
Elementary Education Unified (K-6)
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Program Semesters/Steps Overview

  • Years 1 and 2

    Freshman and Sophomore: 56-58 hours of general studies courses completed at ESU or from a community college using ESU's articulation agreement.

  • Year 3

    Junior: Admission to Elementary Education Block 1, complete subject methods courses at ESU or at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) and complete several short field experiences.

  • Year 4


    • Block 2: Complete remaining methods courses while assigned to an elementary classroom in a Professional Development School (PDS), apply learning from methods courses in PDS classroom, with some full-time teaching at the end of the semester. 
    • Block 3: Complete student teaching for a full semester in a different PDS classroom and grade level.

Program Hallmarks

  • Hands-On Experience

    At ESU, you will have many hands-on opportunities to fully explore teaching long before you begin student teaching. When you are ready to student teach, there are placements available in different types of schools and locations. The year-long internship in a professional development school makes sure you are fully prepared to lead your own classroom. Qualified candidates can apply to do four weeks of their student teaching outside our area, including going abroad to exciting locations such as Finland, Indonesia and Paraguay.

  • Preparation for Diverse Populations

    Teacher candidates have the opportunity to work in a wide variety of school settings with diverse elementary students in inclusive classrooms. Schools include urban, suburban, small city and rural settings with a variety of socioeconomic levels. After working with diverse student populations, our graduates often choose to work in buildings that serve students in these challenging and rewarding areas. Undergraduates interested in working with the growing population of English learners can pursue licensure in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

  • Mentoring & Coaching

    All ESU education majors work closely with their advisors, and because of our small class sizes, professors and instructors know you personally. Elementary education majors are advised by the Elementary Education Advising Center, located on campus and at distance sites (Johnson County Community College and Butler County Community College). As an intern, you will receive mentoring and coaching from your ESU building supervisor, your PDS classroom teacher and the building.

  • Program Commitment to Improvement & Excellence

    We guarantee excellence at Emporia State. If an ESU graduate is having trouble in their first year of teaching, we will remediate with mentoring and additional instruction at no cost to the hiring district or the graduate. Since 1983, only six teachers have been referred for remediation.

Total Enrollment
Entry GPA Min Undergrad Eligibility
Entry GPA Med
Program Completers
Acceptance Rate
  • Male
  • Female
  • 19%
  • 81%
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Asian
  • Black
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • White
  • Two or more races
  • 0%
  • 0%
  • 4%
  • 4%
  • 0%
  • 86%
  • 6%
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