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Bachelors Degrees from The Teachers College

Undergraduate Majors + Minors

Getting your first degree? We have a number of programs to take you towards your career goals.

Majors

Art Education (Grades PreK-12)

Bachelor of Science in Education

If you want to teach art in elementary, middle or high school, the teacher education program is available at ESU. The Department of Art partners with the department overseeing middle and secondary education. ESU excels in teacher education, as it has for over 125 years.

Biology Education-Teaching

Bachelor of Science in Education

The secondary education program in The Teachers College works in partnership with the biology department so you will be well-prepared in both biology and teacher education.

Business Education (Grades 6-12)

Bachelor of Science in Education

Are you interested in business, yet want the rewards and satisfaction from teaching others? Business Education majors will learn how to effectively teach business and computer classes at the middle and secondary school levels.

Chemistry Education (Grades 6-12)

Bachelor of Science in Education

Gain a deep working knowledge of chemistry paired with award-winning secondary education courses to teach chemistry at the high school level and beyond.

Earth & Space Science Education (Grades 6-12)

Bachelor of Science in Education

Gain a deep understanding of Earth-Space Science paired with ESU’s renowned secondary education program and become a secondary education teacher.

Elementary Education

Bachelor of Science in Education

Early in the elementary teacher education program students explore the teaching profession, issues in education, and the nature of children in the classroom through the Introduction to Teaching course. Upon completion of coursework at Emporia State, students receive a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) degree.

Elementary Education-Distance Partnership

Bachelor of Science in Education

Emporia State has partnership programs with Butler Community College, Johnson County Community College, and Kansas City Kansas Community College, allowing students to complete the Elementary Education program without relocating.

English Education (Grades 6-12)

Bachelor of Science in Education

A Bachelor of Science in Education with an English teaching field prepares the student for a career in junior high and high school teaching. The secondary education program in The Teachers College works in partnership with the English program to prepare you in both language arts content and teacher education.

English Teaching-Middle Level Licensure

Bachelor of Science in Education

Gain a deep understanding of English including the written word, language, and literature. This program is paired with ESU’s revered secondary education program and will qualify you to teach at the secondary education level.

Health & Human Performance

Bachelor of Science

This degree prepares you for positions in corporate health, strength & conditioning, personal training, public administration and related areas. Graduates can assume leadership roles in designing, implementing, and evaluating health promotion campaigns. Career options also exist in corporate, clinical/medical, not-for-profit organizations, commercial/private settings and academic institutions. This is also a pre-professional preparation field for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and chiropractic care.

Health Education

Bachelor of Science in Education

Health education teachers are instrumental in the well-being and healthy development of today’s youth. This program will prepare you to teach Health in schools from kindergarten all the way through high school. This is offered as a second teaching field only and must be taken with another teaching field.

History/Government: Social Studies Education (Grades 6-12)

Bachelor of Science in Education

Gain deep under of various parts of history and the social sciences, paired with ESU’s renowned education program to teach history/social studies at the secondary education level (grades 6-12).

Journalism Education

Bachelor of Science in Education

Learn reporting, publication design, design, law, and ethics of journalism. Paired with ESU’s education program, graduates are prepared to teach journalism at the secondary level.

Mathematics Education (Grades 5-8 and Grades 6-12)

Bachelor of Science in Education

The Bachelor of Science in Education-Mathematics allows students to be licensed teachers of mathematics in two grade bands, grades 5-8 and grades 6-12. These programs will prepare students to excel in their teaching career with hands-on learning experiences in and out of the classroom.

Music, Education Concentration

Master of Music

The Master of Music Education Emphasis, available entirely online, is comprised of a core of music history, theory, introductory research, and advanced music education courses.

Music Education: Instrumental/Vocal (Grades PreK-12)

Bachelor of Music, Concentration

The Bachelor of Music with a music education concentration prepares the student to teach PreK-12 music. In teaching children and young adults, you teach not only music, but confidence, perseverance and dedication, skills needed for a successful adult life.

Physical Education (Grades PreK-12)

Bachelor of Science in Education

Physical education teachers play a vital role in the growth and development of children, helping them to establish healthy lifestyles and integrate fitness into their daily lives. You can shape the future by equipping students with the skills and habits they need to remain healthy, physically fit, and active throughout their lives.

Physics Education (Grades 6-12)

Bachelor of Science in Education

Our program is built on a rich heritage of nationally recognized teacher education to prepare chemistry, earth-space science and physics teachers for the 21st century. Our program equips teacher candidates for grades 6-12 to be competitive and marketable to work nationwide and enable them to get a job before they graduate.

Psychology - BA

Bachelor of Arts

The B.A. in Psychology is a good option for candidates who want to explore other disciplines, such as literature, political science, or writing in greater depth. This might be used to ready them for a specialized field such an entry into non-profit work, journalism, social work, or counseling. It also well positions candidates who are striving to be bilingual, which is an area of need in human services work.

Psychology - BS

Bachelor of Science

The B.S. in Psychology is a good option for candidates who want to emphasize their research and writing skills, or emphasize biology and other science areas. Such candidates often have an eye toward further graduate study in psychology or related disciplines, especially in STEM fields. This degree is often pursued by those who enjoy math and science, and see themselves in an analytical or technical field.

Psychology Education-Teaching

Bachelor of Science in Education

This teaching field prepares the student to teach psychology at the secondary level (middle and high school). This plan consists of 24 hours of required psychology courses. A second teaching field is required.

Rehabilitation & Disability Studies, Addiction Counseling Concentration

Bachelor of Science

The Rehabilitation & Disability Studies program offers students a comprehensive yet practical foundation of principles, strategies, and experiences to facilitate employability in the broad fields of rehabilitation and human services. This concentration allows you to specialize your studies to areas of addiction counseling.

Rehabilitation & Disability Studies, RDS Concentration

Bachelor of Science

The Rehabilitation & Disability Studies program offers students a comprehensive yet practical foundation of principles, strategies, and experiences to facilitate employability in the broad fields of rehabilitation and human services. This concentration serves professions going into a range of service professions

Science Education (Grades 5-8)

Bachelor of Science in Education

Our program is built on a rich heritage of nationally recognized teacher education to prepare chemistry, earth-space science and physics teachers for the 21st century. Our program offers students a quality preparation in science content, research-based best practices, and effective instructional strategies. Students will be ready to embrace the next generation science standards (NGSS) through clinical teaching and community service.

Secondary Education

Bachelor of Science in Education

Our secondary education program prepares you to teach at the middle and high school levels. As a secondary education student, you first select the teaching field(s) in which you would like to teach. You are then advised by a faculty member in that teaching field/content area(s).

Spanish Education (Grades PreK-12)

Bachelor of Science in Education

Language skills necessary to function effectively in the environment native to the language, paired with ESU’s exceptional teaching preparation program to teach Spanish in grades PreK-12.

Speech/Theatre Education (Grades 6-12)

Bachelor of Science in Education

The Bachelor of Science in Education with a teaching field of Speech and Theatre prepares you to teach speech, theatre, debate, forensics, and radio/television in grades 6-12.

Sport Leadership & Recreation

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Sport Leadership & Recreation is designed to prepare you for a leadership role in sport and recreation industries. The SLR program has courses focused on sport management, event and program design, revenue management, business law, marketing, and sport psychology. With unique practicum and internship experiences, SLR graduates are uniquely qualified for a wide range of careers in the profession.

Sport Leadership & Recreation (Online)

Bachelor of Science

The online Bachelor of Science in Sport Leadership & Recreation is designed to prepare students for a leadership role in sport and recreation industries. The SLR program has courses focused on sport management, event and program design, revenue management, business law, marketing, and sport psychology. With unique practicum and internship experiences, SLR graduates are uniquely qualified for a wide range of careers in the profession.

Minors + Endorsements

Coaching

Minor

Coaching a sport is one of the best ways to positively influence the lives of others. HPER’s Coaching minor is one of only 10 higher-education programs in the country to be nationally accredited. It is the most active and largest coaching program in Kansas.

Health

Minor

This is a non-teaching minor that can help prepare you for a career in public health, commercial and private agencies, and with county, state, and federal agencies.

Physical Education

Minor

Through a select series of sports science classes, the Physical Education minor provides students with a solid foundation in the principles of exercise training and sport skills. This is a non-teaching minor.

Psychology

Minor

The minor provides you the most current knowledge, skills and competencies in psychology and related fields. Careers related to this include statistics, public relations, social work, mental health, human resources.

Rehabilitation & Disability Studies

Minor

This program prepares you to work in a variety of human service settings to provide support services to individuals with disabilities. Students can use the undergraduate degree as a launching point towards a graduate study in related professional fields.

Sport Leadership & Recreation

Minor

Designed to prepare you for a leadership role in sport and recreation industries. The SLR program has courses focused on sport management, event and program design, revenue management, business law, marketing, and sport psychology.

Trauma-Informed Education: Social-Emotional Learning & Psychological Well-Being Certificate

Certificate

This 18 credit hour certificate program will further educators, mental health professionals and others in the science of social-emotional learning, development, and interventions, and aspects related to diversity and systems change. This program can be completed entirely online, or with face-to-face course options available.