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Secondary Education Undergraduate

Secondary Education

Why choose Secondary Education at Emporia State?

Secondary students...

  • can choose from 17 different teaching fields
  • work closely with other students
  • engage in hands-on, experimental learning on campus and in schools
  • work closely with top-notch public school teachers

The dedicated Emporia State faculty...

  • know every student personally
  • develop excellent teachers
  • model excellent teaching
  • high expectations of students
  • collaborate with each other and with public school teachers
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Emporia State University prepares you to teach at the secondary level (middle and high school) through its two-part professional component - Phase I & Phase II.

Secondary education at Emporia State University consists of on-campus courses and two semesters of internship/student teaching in a content area, listed below.

Secondary education students first select the teaching field(s) in which they would like to teach. They are then advised by a faculty member in that area. When far enough into their curriculum, they also join The Teachers College. They continue to be part of their major department as they complete the professional education. This approach sets ESU apart from many other institutions, where much of the curriculum happens in the college of education. At ESU, it is a joint endeavor.

Secondary education students join The Teachers College when they are admitted into teacher education. Admission into secondary teacher education is also admission into the first professional semester, called Phase I. Phase I consists of a block of education courses and a mutli-placement internship in which candidates from all teaching fields participate. It gives candidates a pre-student teaching, broad experience in teaching and the education profession which allows them to see the big picture of the profession. The extensive internship is designed to have the candidate gain first-hand experience in classroom operations and in working with students in a public school setting. Candidates can expect to do some whole class teaching, small group teaching, working with individual students, and various teaching tasks as assigned by their mentor teacher.

Phase II is the second professional semester and is commonly known as student teaching. Candidates meet a number of requirements to qualify for student teaching. Student teachers are placed with experienced mentor teachers who have the ability work with the ESU student teachers to assist them with teaching skill development. Student teachers are with their Phase II mentor teacher(s) full time for 16 weeks.

Teacher Content Areas:

Art Education (Grades PreK-12)

Bachelor of Science in Education

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree in art education prepares students to teach in all PreK-12 grades.

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 content 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.

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 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: 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 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.

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 equips teacher candidates to be competitive and marketable to work nationwide and enable them to get a job before they graduate.

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

Gain speech and theatre skills by immersing yourself in this dynamic subject area as you prepare to teach secondary school students (grades 6-12).

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Undergraduate Endorsement (Grades PreK-12)

Endorsement

This program is to provide pre-service teachers ESOL endorsement from the State of Kansas. The need for ESOL-licensed teachers both in Kansas and nationwide continues to grow. In Kansas, the number of English Learners (ELs) has increased almost 3,000% in the last 20 years.