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Education Programs

Students in a classroom settingThe Education curriculum is designed to provide the first two years of the state-prescribed professional education courses and related general education courses that will lead to the bachelor’s degree with state certification for teaching.

The curriculum consists of general requirements plus courses from your area of emphasis. You are encouraged to consult your advisor to identify your area of emphasis, as well as, specific requirements of your transfer school.

Education Apprenticeship Fair

2024 is bringing a lot of excitement and opportunities for education in the State of Kansas, and Barton is excited to be a part of these opportunities, including the Kansas Board of Regent’s Systemwide Elementary Education (PK-6) Transfer Associate Degree and Kansas Department of Education’s Registered Teaching Apprenticeship Model. In support of both of these opportunities, Barton is hosting a pair of Education Apprenticeship Fairs on February 15 and 26. Each Fair will provide a presentation from KSDE representatives on the Apprenticeship program, and will feature representatives from Barton, K-State, Fort Hays, Emporia State, and Ottawa University to answer questions and provide materials about supporting teacher education. Continue reading below for more information on each opportunity.

February 15
6:30-8 p.m.
Barton Library Cavanaugh Room

February 26 (Virtual)
7-8:30 p.m.
Join Zoom 

Kansas Board of Regent’s Systemwide Elementary Education (PK-6) Transfer Associate Degree:  This agreement means that all students who receive an associate of science or an associate of arts degree with an emphasis in elementary education at Barton can seamlessly transfer all credits to the Regent Universities in Kansas and will be on-track to begin their junior year of studies in their education program. Additionally, we offer classes both online and in-person for the full term and in 8-week sessions to support traditional and working college students.

Kansas Department of Education’s Registered Teaching Apprenticeship Model: This model offers a comprehensive approach to teacher training by combining on-the-job learning, related technical instruction, mentorship, and a structured wage scale ( This is an amazing opportunity to local districts to grow educators within their community. Barton has been approved as an Education Preparation Program for students in their first 60 credit hours before transferring to complete at a university. This program is for elementary and some secondary programs. KSDE is compiling a guidebook to provide detailed information for school administrators and students. In the meantime, check out the KSDE webpage for more information.

Degree Maps
Degree Maps

Elementary Education

The Elementary Education curriculum prepares to to teach in elementary, middle and junior high school.

Elementary Education

Secondary Education

The Secondary Education curriculum prepares you to teach at the junior and high school levels.  We do have degree plans for Education emphasis in Art, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education and many of the sciences.  You can find that information on their respective pages.

Secondary Education - Transfer and/or Articulated Coursework

Special Education

The Special Education curriculum prepares you to teach students with mild/moderate mental or physical disabilities. Students interested in licensure in Special Education should first explore the requirements for obtaining a teaching license in Elementary or Secondary Education. Special Education in many four-year institutions is a minor program leading to a special education endorsement to the regular teaching license. Coursework in Special Education is usually completed during the junior or senior year of a four-year bachelor's degree education program.

Special Education - Transfer to school in Kansas or Articulation Agreement

View the full list of Curriculum Guides (applicable for students admitted prior to Fall 2024) and Degree Maps (applicable for students admitted Fall 2024 and after).

Check out the Course Search for a full listing of courses available.

Students Preparing to Transfer
Students Preparing to Transfer

Barton Community College's Education curriculum is designed to provide the general education requirement and core Education courses for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree in Education or a related field. We offer courses that prepare you for admittance in the school of education at your chosen university. You can complete your required field experience while at Barton. Electives must meet the requirements of your transferring institution. You should have a 2.7 GPA and a minimum of 50 college credit hours upon entering the teacher education program at a four-year institution. You may be required to take the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) or another entrance examination. These requirements are necessary for you to be formally admitted to most teacher education programs. Students should coordinate with their advisor for transfer requirements.


Opportunities for involvement are available in professional organizations like the Kansas National Education Association.

Discover Career Paths
Discover Career Paths

Visit the What Can I Do with My Major? webpage to find helpful resources on career paths, employers and more!