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Elementary Education - Early Childhood - Special Education


The Department of Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education (EL / EC / SE) offers one undergraduate program - Elementary Education - and three graduate programs: an Instructional Specialist degree with concentrations in Reading Specialist PK-12/Elementary Content/Elementary STEM, a master’s degree in Early Childhood Unified Education (Birth to Age 8 or Birth to K), and a master’s degree in special education with concentrations available in gifted, talented, and creative or high incidence.

Undergraduate Major

As a student preparing to become an elementary teacher, early in ESU's teacher education program you get to 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, you will receive a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) degree.

Graduate Programs

Whether its a master's degree you are looking for or a certificate in a particular area, we offer a range of programs aimed at providing you the opportunity to specialize in your interest area within education. If you have an undergraduate degree in another area and are looking to switch careers, our master's in elementary education is suited for you.

About the Department

Our department is one of the largest departments on campus, and with faculty working in Emporia, Kansas City, and Wichita.

Department Faculty & Staff

Learn from professionals with experience in the K-12 environments they are preparing you for. The faculty members and instructors in the teacher education programs at Emporia State are dedicated to providing learning opportunities to begin and continue your career.

Mailing Address:

Department of
Elementary Education/Early Childhood/
Special Education
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4037
Emporia, KS 66801

Physical Address:

Department of
Elementary Education/Early Childhood/
Special Education
(on the ESU main campus)
1701 Morse Road
Visser Hall, 2nd Floor
Main Office, Rm 241