Applications Accepted for Kansas Future Teacher Academy


EMPORIA – Kansas high school students looking to the future have the opportunity to see if they want to be part of the next generation of teachers, coaches, counselors, educational researchers, speech pathologists – each profession beginning with a degree in education.

Applications are being accepted for the 31st Annual Kansas Future Teacher Academy; the app is available from Freshmen, sophomores, and current high school juniors are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted by April 17, 2020.

“I attended KFTA in 2011 with my best friend, and it confirmed both of our choices to go into education,” said 2018 Kansas Horizon Award-winning teacher Kelly Oberheu. it takes to be a teacher and we got a better understanding of college life. Although neither of us attended ESU, I happily teach high school here at Emporia!”

Attending KFTA was ultimately what led me to attend ESU and pursue a career in education,” said Brent McCoy, who attended the academy in 2007. “Although I am not not teaching in the classroom, the foundation/connections created at KFTA and ESU were crucial in leading me down the path of higher education administration.” McCoy works for the faculty of Medicine from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The KFTA will be held June 7-11, 2020 at Emporia State University. During this time, academy attendees will work with area school district education teachers, ESU education teachers and meet new teachers, alumni of the academy, teachers from the year of Kansas 2020 and master teachers of Kansas 2020.

“Our goal is twofold for students: to give them an overview of the process of becoming a teacher – including developing a lesson and working with children – and to provide them with a keyhole experience of what it would be like to teach. ‘going to college as an education major,’ said Dr. Heather Caswell, NBCT, director of KFTA.

High school students are selected for the academy based on their academic achievement, their involvement in school and community activities, and their interest in exploring a career in teaching.

Funding for the academy is provided by the Kansas Legislature and is coordinated by ESU’s Jones Institute for Educational Excellence. For more information about the academy, visit or call 620-341-5372.


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