ESU Master Teacher Program


ESU’s Tradition in Preparing Teachers and Master Teachers

Emporia State University (ESU) was founded in 1863 when the Kansas Legislature established the Kansas State Normal School. Excellence in teacher preparation has remained a focus through the decades. One in every six classroom teachers in Kansas is an ESU graduate. Recent recognitions include:

  • In 2006, ESU was one of four post-secondary institutions in the nation to be identified as an Exemplary Model Teacher Education program by Arthur Levine.
  • In 2007, ESU was identified as having one of the 10 schools in the nation “blazing the trail to better practices” by Edutopia, published by the George Lucas Foundation. 
  • In 2009, Tes Mehring, former Dean and current professor, received the Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
  • Also in 2009, Dee Holmes received the Distinguished Clinician Award from the Association of Teacher Educators. 


Why a Master Teacher Degree?

 Teacher conference

A master teacher degree from ESU moves the recipient to a higher level of expertise and skill as an educator. Current and relevant knowledge and skills obtained through the master teacher coursework and experiences equip the educator to move into a new role as an instructional leader at both the building and district level.

Master teacher degree seekers have the unique opportunity to sit under well-published, nationally recognized professors, all of whom began their teaching in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. Several have used their sabbatical time to return to their roots by teaching in an elementary classroom. ESU professors combine the latest research with practical, real-world classroom applications. Master’s degree recipients will be poised to take the next step in their professional careers.

Earn your master teacher degree and prepare for National Board Certification using the elective hours in the program to work with the faculty at ESU’s Jones Institute for Educational Excellence. More than 80 percent of teachers going through ESU’s National Board Certification courses are successful in earning NBPTS recognition.


The ESU graduate faculty maintain a strong commitment to working together and combining the various talents of the twenty-one full-time faculty members in elementary education. Faculty work with staff in ESU’s Department of Technology and Computing Services (TCS) and the Office of Distance Education to update course delivery to meet the requirements of changing technologies and needs of students.  Faculty keep close ties with graduate students through academic advising, coursework, and in professional associations. Faculty communicate with students on a regular basis through campus visits, e-mail, phone calls, and the communication technologies available with online delivery.

Faculty and Staff Profiles



Master Teacher- Reading Specialist

Master Teacher- Elementary Subject Matter