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Alternate Route/Restricted License Program


  • Is this program the same as the transition to teaching program? No, this is a state approved program that is available only through Emporia State University.

  • What is the deadline for applying for the program? Since enrollment is limited, candidates should apply for the program as early as possible (see the list of admissions criteria for needed application materials).  Applications will be considered on a first come first served basis and up until enrollment in the coursework begins.  However, enrollment in the coursework does not guarantee admission to the program (internship and restricted license).

  • How much does the program cost? The cost of the program is the cost for credits: Presently it is $277/graduate credit hour for online courses plus $60/course. The 9 credits you take this spring or summer are graduate so that is $2493 plus $60 x 4 courses = $240 for a total of $2,733. The cost of the Internship is $277/credit hour x 12 credits for the year = $3,324. Internship is completed during your first year of teaching.  The Board of Regents could change the cost/credit, so this is an approximate cost. If you need to apply for financial aid, contact their office, 620-341-5457. Elaine Henrie is the director. You need to be enrolled in 6 credit hours of courses to qualify for financial aid. 

  • May I take the courses before I have a job? Yes, but you may not continue in the program if you do not have a job.

  • May I be admitted to the program before I have a job? No; to be officially admitted to the program, be issued a restricted license by KSDE, and to do the internship you must be employed by a school.

  • May I take the courses now and be admitted to the program and internship next year? Yes, but you will be subject to any program changes that might occur and subject to approval of alternate route committee.

  • What if my bachelor's is in one subject but I want to teach a different subject?  If the coursework is equivalent to a bachelor's degree in the subject, your application for the program may be considered.  Such an exception must be approved by the academic department and the alternate route committee.

  • Are there exceptions to the 2-year period after receiving my bachelor's requirement?  Rare exceptions might be possible, but any such exceptions must be approved by the academic department and the alternate route committee.

Seminar for Alternate Route Interns  

Seminar for Alternate Route Interns

 Dr. Blake West, KNEA President, instructing interns on Legal Issues.  

 Dr. Blake West, KNEA President, instructing interns on Legal Issues.

Interns receiving cooperative learning instruction from ESU professor, Dr. Darla Mallein  

Interns receiving cooperative learning instruction from ESU professor, Dr. Darla Mallein

Seminar for Alternate Route Interns  

Seminar for Alternate Route Interns

Instruction from Dr. Phil Bennett, ESU Dean of The Teacher's College 

        Instruction from Dr. Phil Bennett, former ESU  Dean of The Teacher's College

  • What are Decision Points? They are transition points within the program that determine whether a candidate may continue on to the next stage of the program.

  • When will the nine semester hours of courses be offered?  ED 840 is offered both Summer & Spring semesters while ED 841 is offered both Fall and Spring semesters, and SD719 is offered in the summer.  SD550 is offered every semester.

  • May I substitute courses that I have taken previously for any of the nine hours? No, there are no course equivalents for the required nine semester hours.

  • Will the courses be offered online? Yes, all courses are being offered online.

  • Will I have to spend any time on-campus?  There will be a one-day orientation on-campus in June.  There are three face-to-face seminars during the year for interns.  At this time we are working on ways to deliver the seminars at different sites or through distance learning technology. 

  • When will the interview be conducted?  No, specific date has been set for interviews but personal interviews will be conducted prior to orientation.  Interviews will be arranged on an individual basis.

  • Will I be paid by the school district during the internship?  Yes, the internship is a paid position. If so, how much? The salary will be determined by the school district.

  • Will I be provided with assistance during the internship? Yes! Your school district will provide a mentor and ESU will provide an university supervisor and an academic supervisor.

  • Who will teach the courses? Emporia State University Faculty will teach all courses.

  • Will there be additional courses besides the nine summer semester hours? There may be additional content courses required in order for candidates to meet state standards and be able to pass the content exam.  The need for additional coursework will be determined through a transcript evaluation.

  • Are the courses graduate or undergraduate? The nine semester hours of summer courses are graduate level.  Additional content courses may be undergraduate or graduate.

  • Will the courses apply to a master’s degree? Yes, all 21 of the required education credits apply to a Master of Education in Teaching (MEd).  This is optional but it only 15 more credits to obtain the MEd.

 

  • Where can I obtain additional information and apply for the program?

Shannon Hall, Campus Box 4036           Emporia State University                   

Ph: 620-341-5654                               1 Kellogg Circle

email: shall6@emporia.edu                  Emporia, KS 66801-5415