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 the 1960’s, ESU began preparing reading specialists through an accredited program in Kansas. Today, the Reading Specialist program is offered online and designed to:
Option A: Master Teacher—Reading Specialist (Kansas Reading Specialist License)
To be licensed in Kansas as a reading specialist, the teacher must hold a current professional teaching license, master’s degree, and pass the Praxis (0300) Reading Specialist. All degree requirements must be completed in seven years. Out-of-state applicants seeking a program for licensure must confirm the acceptance of the ESU program in their home state.
Option B: Reading Specialist Licensure Only (Kansas)
For teachers already holding a master’s degree in reading or a related field, the Reading Specialist Licensure Only program requires teacher to take the reading courses listed on the master’s degree, hold a professional teaching license, and to pass the Praxis (0300) Reading Specialist. All course requirements must be completed in seven years.
Option C: Licensure Renewal Non-Degree Seeking
Three of the courses (EL 721, EL 723, EL 725) may be taken for licensure renewal in Kansas. When applying ESU courses to out-of-state licensure renewals, students must confirm acceptance of the coursework with the state’s licensing officer.
EL 751 Application of Developmental Theories, 3 hours
EL 821 Reading Curriculum Development & Strategy Instruction, 3 hours
Choose two of three:
EL 815 Foundations of Curriculum Development, K-12, 3 hours
EL 833 Foundations of Education, 3 hours
ED/EL 892 Teaching/Learning Models, 3 hours
ER 752 Analysis of Research, 3 hours
The reading specialist area of concentration serves practicing teachers, elementary or secondary, who wish to acquire initial reading specialist licensure with a master's degree. (Note: additional courses, taken as electives, required for reading specialist endorsement.)
EL 721 Reading Theory & Literacy Practices: Elementary, 3 hours
EL 723 Reading Theory & Literacy Practices: Secondary, 3 hours
EL 823 Analysis of Reading Assessment & Instruction I, 3 hours
EL 825 Analysis of Reading Assessment & Instruction II, 3 hours
The student, with assistance and approval from the advisor, will select nine additional credits of electives. Note: In order to receive initial reading specialist licensure, the courses listed below MUST be selected as electives. Two additional hours must be completed for the Master’s degree.
EL 725 Teaching Reading to Diverse Learners, 1 hour
EL 827 Practicum in Reading: Elementary, 2 hours
EL 828 Practicum in Reading: Secondary, 2 hours
EL 829 Reading Specialist as a Professional, 2 hours