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Preparing Teachers to Lead and Succeed: Emporia State University's Teachers College

At Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, home of the National Teachers Hall of Fame, Teachers College is the crown jewel of the school. The hallmark of the Teachers College experience is its involvement with 34 professional development schools -- public schools that are modeled after teaching hospitals -- where teacher education students do much of their learning in real world situations, working with faculty and public school teachers. Students complete 100 hours of supervised work with young people prior to entering the teacher education program and by the time they are seniors their program is 100 percent field-based. ESU graduates stay in the classroom. Ninety-two percent of ESU teachers remain in the classroom for over three years—almost twice the national average—and principals rate alumni highly on a wide range of knowledge and skills.
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