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About The Teachers College

The Teachers College at ESU has received a lot of attention for its method of getting students, better known as "teacher candidates," into classrooms as soon as possible as they pursue their degrees in education.

Decades of research indicates the single most important school-based factor in a child’s education is the quality of the teaching he or she gets in the classroom. The quality of the training, development and professional practice an aspiring teacher receives throughout his or her pre-service program will impact the teacher’s future effectiveness, ability to persevere, persist and thrive in the classroom, and, ultimately, the amount of student learning that occurs in the classroom.

Below is a sampling of the accomplishments of the college and its personnel, but nothing compares to this:

"Graduates of The Teachers College are highly sought-after by school districts because of their depth of knowledge and thoroughness of training and experience they bring to the classroom. Each beginning teacher comes to the hiring district with a guarantee and, in the 18 years of the program, only five teachers have been referred for remediation. Ninety-two percent of ESU teachers remain in the classroom for more than five years—almost twice the national average—and principals rate alumni highly on a wide range of knowledge and skills."

--from US Department of Education


Town hall discussion led by U.S. Secretary of Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited The Teachers College and the National Teachers Hall of Fame at Emporia State University to highlight the importance of the teaching profession. The visit was part of the 2012 Cross-Country, Back-to-School Bus Tour: "Education Drives America"

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2011 Featured in US Dept of Education Video

The hallmark of The Teachers College experience is highlighted in this production, explaining the college's involvement with 34 professional development schools – public schools modeled after teaching hospitals – where teacher education students do much of their learning in real world situations, working with faculty and public school teachers.

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Distinguished Clinician in Teacher Education Award

Receiving awards in 2009, 2008, and 2002 from the Association of Teacher Educators makes The Teachers College at ESU the institution receiving the most awards for the collaborative and individual faculty efforts in the last decade.

Dee Holmes, Instructor in the Elementary Education, Early Childhood, and Special Education department, received the award for  Distinguished Clinician in Teacher Education in 2009.


" doesn't take an elite university and a big endowment to create a good teacher education program."

At a speech delivered at Columbia University, U.S. Secretary of Education Duncan mentioned The Teachers College at ESU.

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American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Former Dean of The Teachers College and then-Provost, Dr. Tes Mehring received the 2009 Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education.


Horizon Award recipients

Awards for the college are great, but recognition of our graduates is better. In 2009, nine of the 32 Horizon Award recipients in Kansas are Emporia State University graduates. The Horizon Award identifies and recognizes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms in Kansas.


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Certificate of Distinction

The Certificate of Distinction honors outstanding reading preparation of teachers through recognition of only those distinguished programs that consistently prepare well–qualified reading teachers who know about and use  evidence-based practices. The certificate was awarded to the Elementary Education Reading Program.


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Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award

ESU received the ATE's Distinguished Program in Teacher Education award for its partnership with the Olathe School District in the Olathe Professional Development Schools. The award honors outstanding teacher education programs exemplifying collaboration between local education agencies and institutions of higher


Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

ESU received the 2008 Best Practice Award for Collaboration with Community Colleges award for its collaborative partnership with Butler Community College.


"...blazing the trail to better practices."

Edutopia, a magazine published by the George Lucas Foundation, identified ESU as one of 10 schools of education "blazing the trail to better practices." ESU was cited for pioneering a system of professional development programs for local school districts in Kansas, creating a university student assessment system to measure student success, and requiring preservice teachers to complete instructional-technology courses that incorporate robotics as a useful tool for modeling teaching strategies.


"ESU is the Camelot for teacher education."

Arthur Levine, former president of Teachers College, Columbia University, and president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, authored Educating School Teachers, a national study of America’s education schools, published in 2006.

He cited four "exemplary" programs in the nation: Emporia State University, Alverno College, Stanford University, and University of Virginia. ESU is included for its curriculum, student teaching, partnerships (e.g., Professional Development Schools), and the commitment of the ESU faculty to raise the quality of the entire state education system. "ESU is the Camelot for teacher education," Levine said during a visit to the campus.

Read Levine's full report


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Distinguished Research in Teacher Education Award

ESU received the Distinguished Research in Teacher Education award for its Multicultural/Diversity Assessment Project, a multi-year project that developed valid assessments for measuring how well students learned multicultural/diversity content knowledge.