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Becoming a Teacher through Emporia State

ESU provides a recommendation for licensing to KSDE for individuals who have successfully completed our approved teacher education program. There are three ways to complete an approved teacher education program at ESU:

1. Seeking a first bachelor's degree

This program is for those seeking their first bachelor's degree and wish to seeking a teaching license. Attendance in face-to-face classes is required. Please inquire and apply through the ESU Admissions Office (877-468-6378 or 620-341-5465,

2. Seeking a second bachelor’s degree

This program is for those holding an earned bachelor's degree, who wish to seeking a teaching license and also wish to pursue another bachelor's degree. Attendance in face-to-face classes is required. Please inquire and apply through the ESU Admissions Office (877-468-6378 or 620-341-5465,

3. Post Baccalaureate Licensing

The Post-Bacc program is for those seeking a teaching license who do not wish to pursue another degree. You must already hold a bachelor's degree to be eligible for this program.

The Post-Bacc is similar to our bachelor's degree programs for seeking a teaching license, but no degree is earned.

Attendance in classes on our campus (for secondary content areas) is required.

To find out more information about this program contact Andra Baldwin, ESU Licensure Officer, at 

As of July 1, 2014, to request a transcript evaluation of your degree, a completed transcript request form and a $20 fee must be paid and received.  All official transcript must be received for an evaluation to occur.  Contact Andra Baldwin to request the Transcript Review Form at

4. Alternate Route - visit the Alternate Route web site

You must hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree in the content area you wish to teach OR have the equivalent credit hours to a degree in the content area you wish to teach to be eligible for the Alternate Route program.  (NOTE:  If you do not have either of these in the previous statement, you MUST choose one of the other two routes above.) 

Your degree must have been awarded and completed at least 2 years prior to your applying to the Alternate Route Program. 

Other requirements may include but not be limited to: minimum gpa, being able to teach in a Kansas school (after approval/admission in the program), passing praxis content score, etc. 

Only the Professional Education courses are online courses.  Other required courses may not be offered online. 

Please go to the alternate route website above for further information about the program and to make contact with the Director of the Program, Shannon Hall (620-341-5447, or the administrative assistant, Sharon Pittman (620-341-5445,