Emporia State University
Emporia, Kansas 66801
The total on-campus enrollment is approximately 5,000, with about 435 full-time and 1,430 part-time graduate students. About 30 percent of the full-time graduate students receive financial assistance of some kind; 6 percent are international students. In 2002, 3 Ed.S. degrees, 381 master's degrees, and 2 Ph.D. degrees were conferred.
Approximately 60 percent of the graduates find employment in their major fields of study within the state of Kansas, 29 percent of the graduates are employed in their major field of study outside the state of Kansas, 2 percent find employment outside their major field of study, 5 percent continue their education, and 4 percent are unemployed.
The Location and Community
Programs of Study and Degree Requirements
The Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree is offered in school psychology, and the Ph.D. is offered in library and information management.
The University conducts an academic year of two semesters plus a nine-week summer session in which graduate courses are offered in every field.
The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States. Its programs are recognized by the AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the American Chemical Society, and the National Association of Schools of Music and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the American Library Association, the American Art Therapy Association, the Council on Rehabilitative Education, the Kansas State Department of Education, and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Facilities & Resources
The Departments of Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences have the Jones Biotechnology Laboratories and the Jones Environmental Chemistry Laboratories, with state-of-the-art equipment. The University operates four natural areas for biological research in tall grass prairie, upland and deciduous forest, and marshland. The Department of Psychology and Special Education has a state-of-the-art research laboratory for students and faculty members. The Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation Programs supports a state-of-the-art counseling clinic for training students and providing service to the community.
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How to Apply
Who to Contact
• The following list shows specializations and research of the faculty within each graduate program and the chair or graduate adviser of each department.
• Biological Sciences (M.S., M.A.): David Saunders, Ph.D., Coordinator of Graduate Studies. Animal and plant ecology, animal behavior, cellular and molecular biology, ecology and physiology of grassland plants, endocrinology, entomology, environmental biochemistry and physiology, evolutionary biology, fisheries and wildlife management, ichthyology, immunology, invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, mammalogy, microbiology, ornithology, population and molecular genetics, plant and animal anatomy/physiology, plant and animal taxonomy/systematics, biology education, soil science, virology.
• Business (M.B.A., M.S. in business education): Robert Hite, Ph.D., Dean. M.B.A. faculty research interests include accounting, computer information systems, finance, economics, international business, management, and marketing. The research interests of faculty members teaching in the Master of Science in business education program include business teacher education and vocational education.
• Counselor Education and Rehabilitation Programs (M.S.): Patricia Neufeld, Ph.D., Interim Chair. Mental health counseling, K-12 school counseling, rehabilitation counseling, student personnel services in higher education.
• Early Childhood/Elementary Teacher Education (M.S.): Lawrence Lyman, Ph.D., Chair. Master teacher (reading specialist, teaching ESL, elementary subject matter), early childhood education, postbaccalaureate teacher certification. Faculty specializations include authentic assessment, cooperative learning, curriculum integration, Reading Recovery, inclusion, and multicultural education. Distance learning is available for many courses in all programs.
• English (M.A.): Mel Storm, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Studies. Emphases include rhetoric and composition, creative writing, and English and American literatures. Courses for in-service teachers and for those who wish to pursue careers in community college teaching are also available. Dual master's degrees are offered with the School of Library and Information Management. Faculty specializations include medieval literature and language, Renaissance literature, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, nineteenth-century American literature, twentieth-century American literature, contemporary literature, world literature, women's studies, American studies, young adult fiction, English education, creative writing, folklore, popular culture, gender and ethnic studies, critical theory, rhetoric and composition, linguistics, and journalism.
• Health, Physical Education and Recreation (M.S.): Kathy Ermler, Ed.D., Chair. Pedagogy, exercise physiology, technology in health and physical education, sports ethics, administration, psychology of sport and physical education, motor behavior, health promotion and health education. The entire Master of Science in physical education may be completed through the Internet.
• History (M.A.): Deborah Gerish, Ph.D., Coordinator. World history (cultural, religious, and intellectual history of medieval and early modern Europe; military and political history of modern Germany, France, Russia, Eastern Europe), U.S. history (Native American cultures, colonial history, nineteenth-century U.S., political history of the South, women's history, twentieth-century political history, Kansas history, public history). Dual master's degrees are offered with the School of Library and Information Management.
• Instructional Design and Technology (M.S.): Marcus Childress, Ph.D., Chair. Instructional design and technology. A number of courses are offered via the World Wide Web (http://idt.emporia.edu).
• Library and Information Management (M.L.S., Ph.D.): Ann L. O'Neill, Ph.D., Dean. Analysis of information services and delivery systems, community analysis, economics of information, information brokering, information management, information transfer, library and information science education, management of library and information systems, organization and retrieval of information, psychology of information use, sociology of information, technology applications to information storage and retrieval. Dual master's degrees offered with the Departments of Music, History, Social Sciences, and English and the School of Business. School library media and information management certification is also available. Regional programs are offered in various locations in the western half of the country.
• Mathematics (M.S.): Larry Scott, Ph.D., Chair. Applied mathematics, combinatorics, commutative algebra and field theory, computer science, functional analysis, mathematics education, numerical solutions of differential equations, optimization, probability and statistics, real and complex analysis, topology.
• Music (M.M.): Marie C. Miller, Ph.D., Chair. Concentration in music education or performance. Areas of study and research include elementary and secondary music education; choral and instrumental conducting; vocal and instrumental methods and performance; jazz performance and instruction; applied studies in voice, keyboard, woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion; music computer applications; digital audio recordings.
• Physical Sciences (M.S.): DeWayne Backhus, Ph.D., Chair. Emphasis in chemistry, earth science (with an online option), physical science teaching, or physics. All programs are designed to prepare students for additional degree work at the doctoral level, for industrial or government employment, or for teaching. Research opportunities are available in a number of areas within each discipline; NASA-funded research exists in each discipline emphasis.
• Psychology and Special Education (M.S., Ed.S.): Kenneth A. Weaver, Ph.D., Chair. Clinical, general-experimental, and industrial/organizational psychology; mental health counseling; special education: interrelated, teaching the gifted; art therapy; school psychology. Faculty specializations: teaching psychology at the secondary level; psychometrics; inclusion; assessment; neuropsychology; cognition/retrieval process; child abuse; special education attrition; behavioral toxicology, smoking, and stress; clinical applications of art; developmental psychology; psychology of gender; cheating; statistics learning; performance appraisal; control theory; language abilities; autobiographical memory; narrative development; adolescent art therapy; human resources practices in organizations; mental retardation; and autism. A number of courses are delivered via ITV, Telenet, and the Internet.
• School Leadership/Middle and Secondary Teacher Education (M.S.): Jerry Will, Ph.D., Chair. Degree and certification programs in elementary and secondary school leadership (i.e., building, program, and district levels), curriculum and instruction (effective practitioner studies, national board certification, curriculum leadership), secondary education, and postbaccalaureate teacher certification. Varied courses are offered via ITV, the World Wide Web, Telenet, and ATM.
• Social Sciences (M.A.T.): Darla Mallein, Ph.D., Coordinator. American history, world history, geography, political science, social studies education, anthropology, sociology.