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BEST: Butler/Emporia Students to Teachers

Complete your teaching degree in the Wichita metro area

Designed for busy lives

In the BEST: Butler/Emporia Students to Teachers program, all courses are offered in the Wichita metro area or online. Prior to student teaching, face-to-face courses are offered in the evenings, allowing you to plan around daytime appointments, family events and work schedules. Our partnership with BCC is designed to make the transfer to ESU seamless and simple.


Student Teacher in the Elementary Education program reading to elementary student

Transferring is super easy!

All BCC classes transfer to ESU.

How to transfer

Transition seamlessly

To make the transfer process as easy as possible, students should complete all of their BCC classes first. Then it's time to begin your elementary education program with The Teachers College at ESU (while still studying in the Wichita Metro area).*

*If you have a couple of classes left when entering the ESU program, you may apply for financial aid to be split between the two schools.

Scholarships + financial aid

We make college affordable

We believe the path to becoming a teacher should be affordable. Reduce the cost of an undergraduate degree by completing two years at Butler Community College and then receive additional scholarships at Emporia State as a distance transfer student. Plus, as an ESU student, there are many scholarships and avenues of financial assistance available to you.

Financial aid

Financial Aid is available from both JCCC for the General Education portion of the program and from ESU for the Elementary Education portion of the program. Students who are taking classes from both JCCC and ESU at the same time may qualify for joint financial aid. Students need to contact both the ESU's financial aid office and the Butler Community College financial aid office to find out more information.

Financial Assistance Options

Breidenthal Education Scholars

Breidenthal Education Scholars

Potential students who graduated from a Wyandotte County high school are eligible for the renewable scholarship.

Elberta Harris Scholarship

Elberta Harris Scholarship

Potential students who graduated from a Johnson County high school are eligible for the renewable Elberta Harris Scholarship.

Interested in reducing the cost of going to college?

After attending community college for two years you can receive additional scholarships at Emporia State as a Distance Transfer Student.

Phi Theta Kappa Membership Scholarship

Phi Theta Kappa Membership Scholarship

Students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa when transferring to the program will be eligible for $1,000 in scholarships. The funds will be disbursed between the first fall and spring or spring and fall semesters of $500 each. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 hours and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Transfer Scholarships

Transfer Scholarships

Distance students that transfer to ESU with a 3.0 or higher are eligible for transfer scholarships. Students must maintain full time enrollment to receive the scholarship and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Teacher Service Scholarship

Teacher Service Scholarship

Potential students who are Kansas residents are eligible for the Teacher Service Scholarship.

Contact Us + Addresses

For questions or more information, please contact Todd Roberts at 785-418-9309 or troberts@emporia.edu.

BEST Office

715 E 13th St
Andover, KS 67002
5000 building, Office 5118