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Pre-Service Teaching for Middle and High School

Secondary Phase I

Emporia State University prepares you to teach at the secondary level (middle and high school) through Phase I & Phase II.

Phase I consists of campus and field-based professional coursework in education. It is the first of two professional education-intensive semesters.

Phase I is Decision Point 1 for Emporia State teacher education. Decision Points are points at which a decision about continuance or non-continuance in the teacher education program is made for each candidate.

Secondary Pre-Student Teaching (Phase I)

Phase I courses include the following:

  • PY 334, Educational Psychology;
  • ED 333, Principles of Secondary Education;
  • and ED 334, Classroom Management.

The courses provide an integrated and intensive pre-student teaching experience in teacher education, central to which is an extensive internship called the ‘Secondary Teacher Expanded Practice,' or STEP. The internship is a course requirement for ED 333 Principles of Secondary Education.

Phase I Admission Requirements

Candidates are admitted to secondary teacher education and the Phase I courses when the candidate meets all the criteria listed below prior to the start of the Phase I semester and are in their junior or senior year. Application deadlines are April 15 (for Fall) and November 15 (for Spring).

  1. Complete 100 hours of supervised child advocacy service. Here is the 100 hours options.pdf and the Service Work Documentation Form.pdf.
  2. Clear a criminal background check.
  3. Earn a grade of at least “C” in the following courses:
    - ED/EL 220 Introduction to Teaching
    - MA 110 College Algebra (or equivalent)
    - EG 101 English Composition I
    - EG 102 English Composition II
    - SP 101 Public Speaking
    - PY 211 Developmental Psychology
  4. Earn a GPA of at least 2.75 in the General Education Core Courses.
  5. Maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.50.
  6. Have successfully completed 60 hours of college credit.
  7. Obtain departmental approval (including, but not limited to undergoing a dispositional assessment and meeting GPA requirements).
  8. Complete the application process for Phase I.
  9. Demonstrate English language writing and speaking proficiency.
  10. Maintain a clear record of experiences with schools and minors.

If you have questions, contact Cecil Short in The Teachers College at