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Academic Programs of The Teachers College

Academic Departments

At The Teachers College at Emporia State, we have six academic departments offering an array of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees and certificates. Learn more about our departments and the programs they offer below.

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Counselor Education

Department of Counselor Education

Our Department of Counselor Education is committed to excellence in the preparation and continuing development of professionals in the counseling field. The department houses one undergraduate program - Rehabilitation & Disability Studies – and four graduate programs – Art Therapy Counseling, Clinical Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and School Counseling. Some graduate degree programs offer dual degrees and concentrations.

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Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education

Department of Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education

The Department of Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education offers one undergraduate program - Elementary Education - and four 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), a master’s degree in special education with concentrations available in high incidence or gifted, talented, and creative, and a master's degree in elementary education for career changers.

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Health, Physical Education, & Recreation

Department of Health, Physical Education, & Recreation

The Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) at Emporia State University aims to prepare quality professionals in the areas of athletic training, health, physical education, sports leadership and recreation, and coaching; facilitate practical and action-based research and scholarly inquiry; and provide cutting-edge and collaborative services. We embrace and promote lifelong opportunities for discovery, learning, and participation that contribute to healthy lifestyles.

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Instructional Design & Technology

Department of Instructional Design & Technology

The worldwide market for eLearning reached $35.6 billion in 2011 and is expected to grow to more than $51 billion soon. The Kansas Occupational Outlook Handbook forecasts 24.7 percent growth through 2020 for instructional designers and coordinators.

Emporia State's programs in Instructional Design & Technology include a master's degree in IDT as well as certificates in eLearning, and in teaching with technology.

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Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology provides undergraduate training for those students who plan either to enter the workforce upon graduation or do graduate work in Psychology. Undergraduate preparation is also offered for students who plan to teach Psychology at the secondary level or minor in Psychology.

At the graduate level (master's degree), training is provided in Clinical Psychology and School Psychology. The Specialist in Education degree is also offered in School Psychology. In addition, the department offers an online program for the certificate in the psychology of learning and exceptionality.

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School Leadership / Middle & Secondary Teacher Education

Department of School Leadership / Middle & Secondary Teacher Education

The Department of School Leadership/Middle and Secondary Teacher Education boasts a rich tradition of graduating many effective Kansas teachers and administrators. Well over 25% of current administrators in Kansas have at least one degree from The Teachers College at Emporia State University. Recently the department completed a review of its existing curriculum and strengthened course content in order to better prepare school leaders for the 21st century.

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Teaching English as a Second Language

Teaching English as a Second Language Program

Our TESOL program offers an endorsement, a graduate certificate, and a master's degree - whatever fits your need to teach English Learners.

English Learners are the fastest growing segment of the US student population yet about 50% of teachers in the field report that they are unprepared to meet EL students’ needs.

These EL students are much less likely than native English speaking peers to graduate from high school or meet state and national standards. What can you do to help these students?

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