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Kansas Future Teacher Academy

2021 Kansas Future Teacher Academy

The 2021 Kansas Future Teacher Academy is scheduled for June 6-10, 2021 to be held through Emporia State.
This will be a virtual event.
Applications were accepted thru April 4.

Learn more about KFTA


The Kansas Future Teacher Academy's Spring 2021 Mini-Academies - offered in April 2021 - provided professional learning opportunities for high school students interested in becoming teachers.

Virtual Workshops for Pre-Service Teachers

In February 2021, KFTA alumni who were pre-service teachers were invited to engage in a series of virtual workshops focusing and engaging in the "12 principles of a Dandelion Teacher by Jen Holt, NBCT.

School Partnership & Project Opportunities

In Spring 2021, KFTA offered support for teachers/counselors who work with future teacher/teacher training pathways students. If you submitted a proposal, you will be notified by March 12, 2021 of proposal status/approval.

Careers for an individual 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

An education degree can be the foundation for specialized positions

● adaptive physical education instructor ● curriculum specialist ● guidance counselor ● school librarian ● school psychologist ● special education administrator ● school principal ● district administrator ● speech and language pathologist ● superintendent ● reading specialist

A degree in education does not always lead to a job in a traditional school setting

● charter schools ● private schools ● magnet schools ● schools outside the US (including Department of Defense schools) ● recreation centers ● hospitals ● correctional institutions ● museums ● libraries ● churches ● government agencies ● test preparation companies ● international language schools

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 over more than 30 years.

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 and all Kansas public and private high school principals and counselors are notified when the application becomes available.


This academy is a chance for you to explore teaching / career in education as a possible career choice. What do we offer? What does the academy experience give you?

Annual KFTA Timeline

  • Fall Semester / Early Spring Semester - applications are made available
  • March - applications are due
  • April - notifications to applicants are sent out
  • June - academy is held

Academy Alumni

We celebrated our 30th year in 2019! That's a lot of people - around 2,000 - who have attended the academy. Were you one of them?

Professional Communities

Whatever career you go into, it helps to learn from your peers. There are a number of organizations you can follow on social media to see if what they are talking about is what lights your professional fire.


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.

The Earl Center is located off of State Street across from Hammond Park. The two story, brick building houses the Department of Counselor Education on the top level and JIEE on the bottom level.

Mailing Address:

Kansas Future Teacher Academy
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4036
Emporia, KS 66801

Physical Address:

Kansas Future Teacher Academy
Jones Institute for Educational Excellence (not on the main campus)
1601 State Street Emporia, KS

Contact Information:

Heather Caswell
Main Office
Phone: 620-341-5372
Fax: 620-341-6674

Hours of Operation:

Monday thru Friday
8 am - 5 pm