Department of
School Leadership / Middle and Secondary Teacher Education

Master of Education in Teaching

Online Master's Degree

Emporia State University’s Master of Education in Teaching helps teachers, library/media specialists, and school counselors develop their skills and knowledge of teaching.

The Master of Education in Teaching degree does not lead to a teaching license or any additional endorsements to a license.

This program is a 36-credit hour program which can be completed online. It is for any teacher who wants to obtain a master's in education. For individuals who are in the Restricted Licensure Program at Emporia State University, the 21 credits earned in that program all count toward the 36 hours needed for this degree.

Features of this program include:

  • Emporia State is ranked among the top teacher preparation universities in the nation and education faculty teach these courses

  • courses informing you of current developments in the field

  • applicable content you can use in your classrooms

  • all courses are online


Admission Requirements

Gaining admission to a graduate program in our department must be initiated by you through contact with the Graduate School. Apply online or contact Emporia State's Graduate School, Campus Box 03, Emporia State University, 1 Kellogg Drive, Emporia, Kansas 66801-5414, (620) 341-5403.


Program Admission Requirements

Students must follow the graduate degree procedures of the Department of School Leadership/Middle and Secondary Teacher Education and the Graduate School at Emporia State University. The criteria for unconditional admission include the following:

  • GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of college course work for those completing a masters degree or 3.0 on the last 30 graduate hours from a previously completed masters program.
  • Official transcripts of all college work.
  • Two references from supervisors or individuals who have had the responsibility of evaluating your academic or professional performance.
  • Complete and pass the departmental essay.
  • Complete the disposition form.

*The above requirements must be successfully completed by the end of the first semester in the program in order to be released from probation and admitted unconditionally into the program.


Additional Requirements

Satisfactory completion of admission requirements, all course work, and a comprehensive examination (completed in one of the final two semesters) are required to be eligible for graduation. Upon satisfactory completion of six credit hours and successful completion of all specified admission items, students will be admitted to degree candidacy. Degree candidacy is the formal approval for pursuit of a graduate degree. Students shall continuously demonstrate personal characteristics appropriate to the profession and maintain a 3.0 GPA or better throughout the program. Failure to do so can result in instatement of probationary status or dismissal from the program.

All courses counted towards the degree must be completed within a seven-year period. The seven-year period begins with the semester in which the first course applied to the degree was taken. Up to nine credit hours may be transferred toward the degree with appropriate department approval. Before making any determination concerning transfer credits, Emporia State requires a transcript explanation, normally found on the back of official transcripts. University policy prohibits the transfer of courses where a grade of C or lower was obtained. Read the full rules and restrictions regarding transfer credit.


Financial Aid

Students applying to the Curriculum and Instruction program can be found eligible for financial aid with a minimum of five credit hours for part-time graduate status or nine hours for full-time status. Students interested in financial aid must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and then coordinate with the Office of Financial Aid at ESU to ensure all requirements for eligibility are met. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information at (620) 341-5457 or


The forms needed for applying can be downloaded from the links below:

Master of Education in Teaching Summary


Master of Education in Teaching with TESOL Endorsement Summary