Emporia State University Teachers College

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Emporia State University
The Teachers College
Dobbs School in Emporia, KS.jpg
One-room schoolhouse on the ESU Campus
Motto Continuing the Legacy of Excellence in Teacher Education
Established February 15, 1863 (1863-02-15)
Type School of education
Parent institution Emporia State University
Location Emporia, Kansas, U.S.
38°25′04″N 96°10′53″W / 38.4179°N 96.1813°W / 38.4179; -96.1813Coordinates: 38°25′04″N 96°10′53″W / 38.4179°N 96.1813°W / 38.4179; -96.1813
Dean Kenneth A. Weaver
Associate Dean Joan D. Brewer
Website www.emporia.edu/teach
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The Emporia State University Teachers College, located in Emporia, Kansas, is one of only four post-secondary institutions in the nation, along with Alverno College, Stanford University, and University of Virginia, to be identified as an Exemplary Model Teacher Education program by Arthur Levine in his 2006 national study of teacher education programs Educating School Teachers.


The ESU Teachers College was established in 1863.[1]


  • Counselor Education[2] (art therapy, mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation services education, school counseling)
  • Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Special Education[3]
  • Health, Physical Education, and Recreation[4] (athletic training, health education, health promotion, physical education, recreation, coaching education)
  • Psychology[5] (experimental psychology concentration, industrial organizational psychology concentration, clinical psychology, school psychology)
  • Jones Institute for Educational Excellence.[6]

Art Therapy program[edit]

The Art Therapy program was created in 1973 by Robert Ault, and is one of the oldest in the country.[7] The degree program is two years long and, the completion of the program earns students a Master’s of Science in Art Therapy Counseling.[8] The program provides students with the necessary training to work with diverse populations through the creative process. Emporia State University’s program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association. Students who are pursuing a degree in Art Therapy are eligible to enroll in the Dual Curriculum which allows students to get a Master’s of Science in Clinical Counseling as well. Receiving both degrees grants student’s eligibility to become licensed by the Behavioral Science Regulatory Board.[7]

Three instructors educate students in the Art Therapy Department: Jessica Stallings ATR-BC, LPC, AS, Libby Schmanke MS, ATR-BC, LCAC, and Gaelynn Wolf Bordonaro PhD. ATR-BC. Stallings was published as a co-author in the journal Arts and Psychotherapy for her research in best practices with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder.[9] Schmanke is the author of Art Therapy and Substance Abuse: Enabling Recovery from Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction and Bordonaro is on the board of directors for the American Art Therapy Association.[10] [11]

Each spring, the Art Therapy program hosts the Art Therapy Discovery Day Conference which began in 1974. The conference is open to the public and includes an annual keynote speaker as well as breakout sessions, presentations over pertinent Art Therapy topics, a silent auction, and a provided lunch. A variety of individuals attend the conference including: current students, professional art therapists, counselors, therapists, social workers, and psychologists.[12]

National Teachers Hall of Fame[edit]

The National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF) is a non-profit organization that honors exceptional school teachers. The NTHF was established in 1989 by a consortium of organizations including Emporia State, the Alumni Association of the school, the City of Emporia, Emporia Public Schools, as well as the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce. The NTHF has a museum on Emporia State's campus that honors the teachers inducted. Every June, the Hall of Fame inducts five of the most outstanding educators in the United States.[13]

Memorial for Fallen Educators with the one-room school house in the background

Memorial for Fallen Educators[edit]

On June 13, 2013, the NTHF executive director Carol Strickland, along with former ESU President Michael Shonrock, Bill Maness, representing U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, and former mayor Rob Gilligan, broke ground by the one-room school house located on the Emporia State campus to build a memorial for the teachers that have fallen in the "line of duty". The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was the main inspiration for the memorial.[14] On June 6, 2014, the granite memorial markers were placed along with granite benches.[15] The official dedication was on June 12, 2014.[16]

On September 21, 2015, United States Senator Moran of Kansas introduced a bill to the United States Congress to designate the memorial as the "National Memorial to Fallen Educators".[17] Should the bill pass by both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, the memorial would then be signed by the President of the United States, and the memorial would not become a part of the National Park Service and no federal funds would be used.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Teachers College History". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Counselor Education". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Special Education". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Health, Physical Education, and Recreation". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Psychology". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Jones Institute for Educational Excellence (JIEE)". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  7. ^ a b O'Higgins, B. (2012, October 3). New emporia state program aims to increase art therapists in state. Retrieved from http://kmuw.org/post/new-emporia-state-program-aims-increase-art-therapists-state
  8. ^ Art therapy counseling: Emporia state university. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.gradschools.com/graduate-schools-in-united-states/kansas/emporia-state-university-emporia/art-therapy-counseling-240596
  9. ^ Farnum-Patronis, A. (2017, July 20 Published). FSU researcher develops are therapy best practices for children with autism. http://news.fsu.edu/news/arts-humanities/2017/07/20/fsu-researcher-develops-art-therapy-best-practices-children-autism/
  10. ^ Libby Schmanke author profile: Biography, books and appearance information. (2017). Retrieved from https://www.allamericanspeakers.com/author/Libby Schmanke
  11. ^ American Art Therapy Association. (2015). Board of directors. Retrieved from: https://arttherapy.org/aata-aboutus/
  12. ^ Stallings, J., Wolf Bordonaro, G.P., (2017, March 23). Emporia state university hosts 43rd annual art therapy conference. American Art Therapy Association. Retrieved from http://multibriefs.com/briefs/aata/emporia032317.pdf
  13. ^ "About the National Teachers Hall of Fame". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Memorial for Fallen Educators broke ground - June 13, 2013". Emporia Gazette. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  15. ^ AJ Dome. "Memorial for Fallen Teachers placed". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Dedication on June 12, 2014". NBC Connecticut. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Text – S.2061 – 114th Congress (2015-2016): National Memorial to Fallen Educators Act of 2015 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress". Congress.gov. 2015-09-21. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  18. ^ Associated Press, The (2015-09-25). "Jerry Moran, U.S. Senator, seeks national honor for Fallen Educators Memorial in Emporia". CJOnline.com. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 

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