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Elementary Education Undergraduate

Elementary Education Program

The Teachers College offers a comprehensive and challenging elementary education program for those talented students who want to guide tomorrow's leaders and who seek a career which offers personal satisfaction and continuous growth. Our graduates have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to make a difference in the lives of children.

As one of the first institutions of higher education in Kansas, Emporia State continues to pioneer educational excellence through university-wide involvement in teacher education.

As an elementary education major at Emporia State, you experience educational excellence through:

  • a nationally recognized teacher education program;
  • classes taught by nationally recognized professors;
  • an extensive observation and participation program allowing you to fully explore career options while choosing a major;
  • a year-long Professional Development School (PDS) clinical experience supervised by a master teacher along with close contact with faculty at Emporia State; and
  • assistance in planning your program from the Elementary Education Advising Center.

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.

Later courses build knowledge and skills necessary for successful classroom management, instructional planning, large and small group instruction, and evaluation of learning.

Methods courses provide strategies for teaching subject matter content to diverse students in inclusive classrooms.

Each portion of the elementary education degree is achieved through completing separate blocks - Block 1, Block 2, and Block 3.

Upon completion of coursework at Emporia State, students receive a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) degree. They will also be recommended for a Kansas teaching certificate in elementary education, which qualifies them to teach kindergarten through sixth grade.

Emporia State's elementary education majors gain valuable teaching experience by:

  • Observing classroom teachers prior to the students' pre-student teaching/Block 1 classes;
  • Creating and planning lessons for children as a part of the students' pre-student teaching/Block 1 classes;

Admission Requirements

Individuals wishing to major in Elementary Education must have completed 30 hours of coursework and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.


Learn how to apply to Emporia State University.

Degree Requirements

To receive the Bachelor of Science in Education degree and be recommended for licensure (K-6) in the state of Kansas, the following standards must be met:

  • successful completion of all required course work
  • completion of all Block 3 courses with a C or better
  • satisfactory completion of a Kansas Performance Teaching Portfolio (KPTP) product
  • satisfactory evaluation from the PDS mentor teacher and the university supervisor
  • successful completion of the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Examination
  • successful completion of the Elementary Content test as required by the Kansas State Department of Education
  • Complete degree requirements.

Distance Partnership Programs

Do you want to stay in your own backyard? 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.

Elementary Education Advising Center

As the gateway for undergraduate teacher candidates at Emporia State University, the Elementary Education Advising Office offers guidance on your journey to becoming an elementary teacher.

Hornet Connected Learning

Hornet Connected Learning is a learning initiative designed to prepare Emporia State elementary education students to teach effectively with evolving technology. Currently, more than one-third of elementary students in Kansas are using tablets and other mobile devices in the classroom and nationwide similar one-to-one initiatives are being launched at the K-12 level.

Professional Development Schools

Emporia State's Professional Development School model is a collaborative, 100% field-based, year-long, clinical school experience for seniors from The Teachers College. Designed, implemented and evaluated by school district and college personnel, the outcomes-based program strongly reflects components of The Teachers College's teacher education program.

Quality Assurance Program

We believe in our graduates so much we guarantee schools' satisfaction. If the job performance of any first-year teacher graduate is deemed unsatisfactory by a school district, Emporia State provides - at no cost to the teacher or to the employing school district - assistance to that teacher and school district. In 22 years of guaranteeing teacher performance, only five districts have requested this service; all were satisfactorily resolved.


There are many scholarship opportunities, grants, and potential loan forgiveness for teachers. Information about how you can pay for your education is available from Emporia State.