Becoming a teacher through ESU

ESU provides a recommendation for licensing to KSDE for individuals who have successfully completed our approved teacher education program.  There are three ways to complete an approved teacher education program at ESU:

  • Seeking a 1st bachelor's degree

This program is for those seeking their 1st bachelor's degree and wish to seeking a teaching license.  Attendance in face-to-face classes is required.  Please inquire and apply through the ESU Admissions Office 877-468-6378 or 620-341-5465 or by email go2esu@emporia.edu

  • Seeking a 2nd bachelor’s degree

This program is for those holding an earned bachelor's degree, who wish to seeking a teaching license and also wish to pursue another bachelor's degree.  Attendance in face-to-face classes is required.  Please inquire and apply through the ESU Admissions Office 877-468-6378 or 620-341-5465 or by email go2esu@emporia.edu

  • Post Baccalaureate Licensing

The Post-Bacc program is for those seeking a teaching license who do not wish to pursue another degree.  You must already hold a bachelor's degree to be eligible for this program.  The Post-Bacc is similar to our bachelor's degree programs for seeking a teaching license.  Attendance in classes on our campus (for secondary content areas) is required.  To find out more information about this program contact Shannon Hall, ESU Licensure Officer at shall6@emporia.edu.  Please indicate the major of your degree and also what subject you wish to teach in your email.

You must hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree in the content area you wish to teach OR have the equivalent credit hours to a degree in the content area you wish to teach to be eligible for the Alternate Route program.  Your degree must have been awarded and completed at least 2 years prior to your applying to the Alternate Route Program.  Other requirements may include but not be limited to:  minimum gpa, being able to teach in a Kansas school (after approval/admission in the program), passing praxis content score, etc.  Please go to the alternate route website above for further information about the program and to make contact with the Director of the Program, Dr. Kirsten Limpert or the administrative assistant, Sharon Pittman.