Elementary Education: ESU-KC Program
Complete your teaching degree in the KC Metro area
Designed for busy lives
In the ESU-KC program, all courses are offered in the Kansas City 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 partnerships with JCCC and KCKCC is designed to make the transfer to ESU seamless and simple.
Plan of study + timeline
Plan of Study
ESU has partnered with JCCC and KCKCC to create a transfer guide allowing you to graduate as quickly and efficiently as possible. Complete two years at JCCC or KCKCC and two years at Emporia State University to earn a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Contact our distance advisor for support in developing a plan of study to best fits your unique needs.
Year 1 - Courses at community college partner
Year 2 - Courses at community college partner
Year 3 - Courses at Emporia State, offered locally in the Kansas City area.
Year 4 - Year-long internship, offered locally in the Kansas City area.
Transferring is super easy!
All JCCC and KCKCC classes transfer to ESU.
To make the transfer process as easy as possible, students should complete all of their JCCC classes first. Then it's time to begin your elementary education program with The Teachers College at ESU (while still studying in the KC 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 a 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 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 Johnson County Community College financial aid office to find out more information.
Other Financial Assistance Options
- Breidenthal Education Scholars
Potential students who graduated from a Wyandotte County high school are eligible for the renewable scholarship.
- Elberta Harris Scholarship
Potential students who graduated from a Johnson County high school are eligible for the renewable Elberta Harris 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.
- TEACH Kansas City Scholarship
As a partner institution, potential students in the program are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship from Teach KC.
- TEACH Kansas City Fee Reimbursement
As a partner institution, potential students in the program are eligible for up to $100 in fee reimbursement to cover application and exam costs.
- 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
Potential students who are Kansas residents are eligible for the Teacher Service Scholarship.
- Other Available Scholarships
After attending community college for two years you can receive additional scholarships at Emporia State as a Distance Transfer Student.