Kansas Future Teacher Academy

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The Kansas Future Teacher Academy at Emporia State University, sponsored by The Teachers College and directed by the Jones Institute, has graduated more than 1,200 high school students in its 30 years of existence.

Since 1989, when the first academy had the honor of receiving the AASCU Christa McAuliffe Showcase for Excellence Award, the Future Teacher Academy at ESU has provided select students with the opportunity to learn more about the challenges and rewards of teaching and has become recognized as an established and highly respected training opportunity for students throughout the state of Kansas.

During this intense five-day program, the participants share in a variety of activities that will help them to understand better what teachers do and to determine whether or not they have the potential for meeting this professional challenge.

The application for the academy is posted from this web site in the spring and all Kansas public and private high school principals and counselors are notified when the application becomes available.




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The Kansas Future Teacher Academy is coordinated by the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence, located in the lower level of The Earl Center at Emporia State University, 1601 State St.

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Careers for individuals with a degree in education: ● teacher: early childhood / elementary / middle school / high school ● coach: academic / athletic ● curriculum development ● online teaching ● textbook author/editor ● test developer ● education research ● social welfare ● community service ● child care administration ● vocational counseling ● educational sales ● corporate professional development

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The general timeline for the Kansas Future Teacher Academy is as follows:

  • Fall Semester / Early Spring Semester - applications made available
  • April - applications due
  • early May - notifications to applicants are sent out
  • June - academy is held (dates for 2019 are June 9-13, 2019)

If you have any questions about the academy, please contact Roger Caswell at rcaswell@emporia.edu.

Mailing Address:
Jones Institute for Educational Excellence
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4036
Emporia, KS 66801

Contact Information:
Main Office - 620-341-5372
Fax 620-341-6674