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School Leadership / Middle and Secondary Teacher Education

Secondary Education  Traditional Program Information

School Leadership, Middle, and Secondary Education
1200 Commercial St.
Emporia, KS 66801-5087


A. Coursework: Candidates complete courses in the following three areas:

  1. General education courses (see college catalog or adviser)
  2. Courses in the major (see college catalog or adviser)
  3. Education Courses:
    ED/EL 220, Introduction to Teaching
    EL 416, Teaching Reading in the Secondary School
    SD 550, Survey of Exceptionality
                    The PHASE I SEMESTER (9 credit hours)

              ED 334, Classroom Management
              ED 333, Principles of Secondary Education
              ED 332, Educational Psychology

                              The PHASE II SEMESTER (14 credit hours)
              ED 431, Professional Relations of Teachers
              LE 487, Student Teaching

B. Decision Point* 1: Candidates are admitted to secondary teacher education and the Phase I courses when the candidate meets all the criteria listed below prior to the start of the Phase I semester and are in their junior or senior year. Application deadlines are April 15 (for Fall) and November 15 (for Spring).

  1. Meet the minimum scores on either the Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST): (Writing 172; Reading 173; Math 172); or Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP): Reading 57; Math 55; Writing score equivalent to PPST.  All teacher education candidates (including those with degrees) must take these exams, meet these scores, and have them in hand by the Phase I semester's start.
  2. Complete 100 hours of supervised child advocacy service, Form A and B
  3. Submit completed Disclosure Statement and health clearance
  4. Earn a final grade of at least “C” in the following courses:
    ED/EL 220, Introduction to Teaching
    MA110, College Algebra (or equivalent)
    EG101, English Composition I
    EG102, English Composition II
    SP101, Public Speaking

              MA225, Math as a Decision-making Tool

              PY 211 Developmental Psychology

         5.  Earn a GPA of 2.75 in the General Education Core Courses

         6. Maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.50

         7. Have successfully completed 60 hours of college credit

         8. Obtain departmental approval (including, but not limited to, meeting dispositional assessment and GPA    


         9. Complete the application process for Phase I

C. Decision Point* 2: Candidates are admitted to Phase II (Student Teaching) their senior year when they meet all the criteria listed below:

  1. Complete all education courses required before the student teaching semester, earning a final grade of at least a “C” in each.
  2. Complete the student teaching application
  3. Obtain 5 recommendations from designated instructors
  4. Obtain departmental approval (including, but not limited to, meeting dispositional assessment and GPA requirements.
  5. Complete the technology requirement (IT325 or equivalent)
  6. Maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.50
  7. Be approved by the Admissions Committee
  8. Submit completed and signed Disclosure Statement
  9. Obtain health clearance

D. Decision Point* 3: Candidates complete Student Teaching when they meet the criteria listed below:

  1. Earn a grade of “C” or better in Student Teaching
  2. Satisfactorily complete the Teacher Work Sample assessment and all other Student Teaching requirements

E. Decision Point* 4: Candidates will complete their degree and qualify for provisional teacher licensure when they meet all the criteria listed below:

  1. Complete all required degree coursework & requirements
  2. Meet the minimum score on the Principles of Learning and Teaching exam (161), a graduation and licensure requirement.
  3. Meet the minimum scoree on the content area exam(s), graduation and licensure requirement.
  4. Complete application process for licensure

*Decision Points are points at which a decision about continuance or non-continuance in the Teacher Education Program is made for each candidate.

Secondary (6-12) certification areas available at ESU



Computer Studies
Driver Education

Earth and Space Science


Physical Science

Social Studies

Speech Communication / Theater

Pre-K-12 certification areas available at ESU

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Foreign Language: French /Spanish
Music: Instrumental / Vocal
Physical Education

For more information about the traditional secondary education program contact
Dr. Paul D. Bland, Coordinator for Undergraduate Secondary Education