Why choose Secondary Education at ESU? 

Secondary students...

Can choose from 17 different teaching fields

Work closely with other students

Engage in hands-on, experiential learning on campus and in schools

Work closely with top-notched public school teachers

The dedicated faculty…

Know every student personally

Develop excellent teachers

Model excellent teaching

High expectations of students

Collaborate with each other and with public school teachers

Secondary Education Program Overview

Secondary education at Emporia State University consists of on-campus courses and two semesters of internship/student teaching.

Secondary education students first select the teaching field(s) in which they would like to teach. They are then advised by a faculty member in that area.  When far enough into their curriculum, they also join the Teachers College. They continue to be part of their major department as they complete the professional education.  This approach sets ESU apart from many other institutions, where much of the curriculum happens in the college of education. At ESU, it is a joint endeavor.

Secondary education students join the Teachers College when they are admitted into teacher education.  Admission into secondary teacher education is also admission into the first professional semester, called Phase I.  Phase I consists of a block of education courses and an internship in which candidates from all teaching fields participate.  It gives candidates a pre-student teaching, broad experience in teaching and the education profession which allows them to see the big picture of the profession.  The extensive internship is designed to have the candidate gain first-hand experience in classroom operations and in working with students in a public school setting.  Candidates can expect to do some whole class teaching, small group teaching, working with individual students, and various teaching tasks as assigned by their mentor teacher.

Phase II is the second professional semester and is commonly known as student teaching. Candidates meet a number of requirements to qualify for student teaching.  Student teachers are placed with experienced mentor teachers who have the ability work with the ESU student teachers to assist them with teaching skill development.  Student teachers are with their Phase II mentor teacher full time for sixteen weeks.

Secondary (6-12) certification areas available at ESU

Biology

Business

Chemistry

Earth and Space Science

English

Journalism

Mathematics

Physics

Psychology*

History (government)

Speach / Theater

Middle Level (5-8) certification areas available at ESU

Math

History Comprehensive (Social Studies)*

English Language Arts*

Science*

Pre-K-12 certification areas available at ESU

Art

English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)*

Modern Language: French / Spanish / German

Health*

Music: Instrumental / Vocal

Physical Education

 

*Not a stand-alone program

For More information about the Traditional Program, Contact:

Dr. Paul Bland, Director of Undergraduate Secondary Education

620-341-5078  or pbland@emporia.edu