Department of
Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education

Elementary Education Program

Program Description

Early in the elementary teacher education program students explore the teaching profession, issues in education, and the nature of children in the classroom through the Introduction to Teaching course.

Later courses build knowledge and skills necessary for successful classroom management, instructional planning, large and small group instruction, and evaluation of learning.

Methods courses provide strategies for teaching subject matter content to diverse students in inclusive classrooms.

Upon completion of coursework at Emporia State, students receive a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) degree. They will also be recommended for a Kansas teaching certificate in elementary education, which qualifies them to teach kindergarten through sixth grade.

Emporia State's elementary education majors gain valuable teaching experience by:

  • observing children in the classroom during your sophomore year;
  • participating in group teaching in the Block 1 classes;
  • conducting reading instruction;
  • participating in a Professional Development School experience in the senior year; and
  • creating a Teacher Work Sample to provide a performance assessment of the future teacher’s ability to plan, implement, and assess instruction.

Program Overview

The Teachers College offers a comprehensive and challenging elementary education program for those talented students who want to guide tomorrow's leaders and who seek a career which offers personal satisfaction and continuous growth. Our graduates have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to make a difference in the lives of children.

As one of the first institutions of higher education in Kansas, Emporia State continues to pioneer educational excellence through university-wide involvement in teacher education. As an elementary education major at Emporia State, you experience educational excellence through:

  • a nationally recognized teacher education program;
  • classes taught by nationally recognized professors;
  • an extensive observation and participation program allowing you to fully explore career options while choosing a major;
  • a year-long Professional Development School (PDS) clinical experience supervised by a master teacher along with close contact with faculty at Emporia State; and
  • assistance in planning your program from the Elementary Education Advising Center.

Partnership Programs

Partnership programs with Butler Community College, Johnson County Community College and Kansas City Kansas Community College allow students to complete Emporia State's elementary education program in Butler County, Overland Park, or Kansas City.

Admission Requirements

Individuals wishing to major in Elementary Education must have completed 30 hours of coursework and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Degree Requirements

To receive the Bachelor of Science in Education degree and be recommended for licensure (K-6) in the state of Kansas, the following standards must be met:

  1. successful completion of all required course work

  2. completion of all Block 3 courses with a C or better

  3. satisfactory completion of a Teacher Work Sample (TWS) product

  4. satisfactory evaluation from the PDS mentor teacher and the university supervisor

  5. successful completion of the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Examination

  6. successful completion of the Elementary Content test as required by the Kansas State Department of Education