Distance Elementary Education Partnership Programs

Johnson County Community College Program

ESU provides an Elementary Education program in the Overland Park Area!

In the Fall of 2011, ESU made this nationally acclaimed elementary education program available in the Overland Park area through Johnson County Community College. Students who enroll in this program will complete a two year Associates of Arts Degree from JCCC and continue on to get a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree from Emporia State University.

Course offerings, degree completion, licensure and other requirements for students in the 2+2 program at JCCC are the same as required of all ESU students. Elementary Education Cohort Program applications are accepted for fall and spring entries. The priority deadlines for application are September 15th for the spring semester and February 15th for the fall semester. Degrees in Secondary Education and degrees in other education fields such as Special Education or Early Childhood are only available on the Emporia campus.

This program is designed for people with a busy lifestyle!

Most classes are offered in late afternoons and evenings. Some courses are offered online, as well. This allows the student to plan around daytime family and work schedules. During the final year, students will need to be available during the entire school day for the PDS placement.

New students follow a set sequence of courses. New students must apply to ESU as a Distance Transfer student (click here to apply) and to the Cohort Program (click here to apply). Students are encouraged to complete the application processes prior to Sept. 15th for the spring semester, and by Feb. 15th for the fall semester.

Contact Information | Advising Information | JCCC Cohort Application KCKCC
Cohort Application Form
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BEST Cohort Application

Program Requirements

ESU maintains a program of quality and high standards. Because of this, students must meet specific requirements prior to entry into the program. Upper level and Block 1 requirements include minimum grade point averages, ACT score of 22 or passing scores on the CORE exam (Math: 150, Reading: 156, Writing: 162), documentation of completing 100 hours of supervised work experience with children or youth, and successful completion of a reading-spelling-handwriting test. Application for this portion of the program also includes professional agreement statements which the student must sign. There are additional requirements for acceptance into Block 2 and Block 3, which are the two student teaching semesters. These requirements include recommendations from faculty and health clearance needed for participation in a school setting. These requirements include recommendations from faculty and health clearance for participating in a school setting.
* See all requirements in the program brochures and undergraduate catalog.

The program requires 136 hours for degree completion.

Full-time Option

Year 1: General Education classes at JCCC
Year 2: General Education classes at JCCC
Year 3: Evening classes taught by ESU faculty who come to the JCCC campus to teach.
Year 4: Student teaching at a Professional Development School (8:00-4:00 Mon-Fri)

Part-time Option (very limited seating)
General Education Classes/JCCC: May be stretched out to meet individual needs at JCCC
ESU Program: 
2 years: Evening classes taught by ESU faculty who come to the JCCC campus to teach (6-8 hours per semester).
Final Year: Student teaching at a Professional Development School (8:00-4:00 Mon-Fri)

The Student Teaching Year:

Students are assigned to a Professional Development School (PDS) for two semesters of student teaching and are given the opportunity to work in school settings where university and public school faculty work together. The PDS model is a collaborative, field-based clinical school experience. A major factor in the success of the Emporia State PDS program has been relationship between the highly trained and committed mentor teachers and the student teachers. ESU has such partnerships with the Kansas City area school districts, including Olathe, Kansas City Kansas, and Shawnee Mission.

Degree Recommendation and Kansas Licensure:
Upon successful completion of all Elementary Education degree requirements and successful completion of the PPST, the Principals of Learning Test (PLT), and all required content area tests, students will be recommended for licensure by the Kansas Department of Education as teachers of grades K-6. Licensure will be conditional and a performance assessment must be completed to obtain a professional license.

Admission Information

Admission to ESU:

Students must be admitted to Emporia State University to qualify for admission to the Elementary Education Cohort Program. Students may apply for ESU admission by contacting the Admissions Office at 1-877-468-6378, or by visiting the website at http://www.emporia.edu/admissions/.

Paper copies of application forms are available upon request. Along with the application for admission, students must send an application and registration fee of $40. Transfer students will also need to include official transcripts. Once a student has been admitted to ESU, they will receive an acceptance letter, and may then enroll in classes. Transfer students will also receive an official transcript analysis form that will tell them which general education classes have been accepted and applied toward their ESU Elementary Education program.

Cohort Admission: Cohort Application Form

  • Fall ESU Entry: due February 15th
  • Spring ESU Entry: due September 15th

Financial Aid:
Financial Aid is available from both JCCC for the General Education portion of the program and from ESU for the Elementary Education portion of the program. Students who are taking classes from both JCCC and ESU at the same time may qualify for joint financial aid. Students need to contact both financial aid offices to find out more information.

Transfer Information

Transfer agreements:

JCCC and ESU have a long-standing articulation agreement that specifies which JCCC courses which will transfer as general education requirements to the ESU program. This transfer agreement and course equivalent list are available on the website:http://www.emporia.edu/regist/com/colleges.html. Questions about the General Education classes or about an Associates Degree from JCCC need to be directed to the JCCC counselors in Jewel Hall.

Dual enrollment:
Under the new lock-step Cohort Program, dual enrollment is not encouraged. Students should try to complete JCCC classes (or at least within 6 hours) before entering the ESU program. If a student has a couple of classes left when entering the ESU program, the student may apply for financial aid to be split between the two schools. ESU and JCCC work cooperatively to assist the student when this situation occurs.

Second Degree and Transfer Students:
When space is available, students may transfer into the program from another university or community college and do not have to complete their associates degree from JCCC. If transfer students still need to take a few general education classes, they may do so at JCCC or at another community college.