Applications Available for Kansas Future Teacher Academy

April 10, 2017

Kansas high school students interested in exploring careers that either are in education or begin with degrees in education have an extra few weeks to apply for the Kansas Future Teacher Academy.

The deadline for receiving applications has now been extended from April 10 to April 24.

“I challenge each high school counselor to find and encourage at least two people from their student body to apply to the academy,” said Dr. Roger Caswell, director of the academy. “Many people – students and parents – think the students have to know they want to be a teacher to attend the academy. That’s not necessarily the case. This is a chance for high school students to see what possibilities there are in a variety of fields in, and relating to, education. And, it’s five days for them to explore careers, instead of spending their time – and tuition dollars – once they get into college.”

Applications are available online from and will be accepted through April 24. High school counselors, educators or students with questions about the academy, or those who would like more information can call ESU’s Jones Institute for Educational Excellence at 1-877-378-5433.

Every year the state’s nationally renowned Teachers College at Emporia hosts 25-60 high school students for five days. During the academy, participants learn about opportunities for careers in education, problem-solving and leadership skills, personal goal setting, and the use of technology in education.

This year the KFTA will be held June 11-15, 2017 at Emporia State University.                  

Funding for the academy is provided by the Kansas legislature. Students are allowed into the academy based upon their academic standing, involvement in school and community activities, and interest in exploring a career in teaching.

The Kansas Future Teacher Academy began in 1989 and is coordinated by the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence at ESU.



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