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Office of Professional Education


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, but no degree is earned.  Attendance in classes on our campus (for secondary content areas) is required.  To view courses in the content area you wish to teach, go to our home page at www.emporia.edu, click on Academics in the Header above the rotating pictures, and in the Undergraduate degree dropdown box, choose the subject.  Then click through the Program Homepage link to drill down to the Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) degree for this subject or the Bachelor of Music Education (BME) degree for instrumental/vocal music.  Most often you will find the content course list for this subject and in some pages, the Professional Education course list.  Usually you will not find the general education courses but these are also required, totaling 3 sections of courses required for the Post-Baccalaureate Licensing Program.  To find out more information about this program contact Shannon Hall, ESU Licensure Officer at shall6@emporia.edu*NEW* Effective July 1, 2014 To request a transcript evaluation of your degree, a completed transcript request form and a $20 fee must be paid and received.  All official transcript must be received for an evaluation to occur.  Contact Shannon Hall to request the Transcript Review Form at shall6@emporia.edu.

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.  (NOTE:  If you do not have either of these in the previous statement, you MUST choose one of the other two routes above.)  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.  Only the Professional Education courses are online courses.  Other required couses may not be offered online.  Please go to the alternate route website above for further information about the program and to make contact with the Director of the Program, Shannon Hall or the administrative assistant, Sharon Pittman.