MajorEarly Childhood Unified / Elementary Education - Teacher Apprentice Program™

Wichita State’s Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAED)—early childhood unified / elementary education - Teacher Apprentice Program™—gives para educators a way to complete their bachelor’s degree and upgrade their careers by becoming certified teachers. Graduates are eligible to apply for two licenses: elementary teaching and early child unified.

Learn how the early childhood unified / elementary education - Teacher Apprentice Program™ is the right fit for you.

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Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

To be admitted to the program, you must:

  • Be admitted into Wichita State
  • Meet the adult learner or transfer requirements
  • Complete a placement assessment
  • Submit references
  • Provide a certificate of health
  • Pass a criminal background check

Inside the Program

Make a difference to the children of Kansas

Do you want to be a part of helping stop the teacher shortage in Kansas? WSU's Teacher Apprentice Program™ lets para educators earn their bachelor's in early education while already working in the classroom.

The fully online program is already producing more teachers who can help guide the youth of Kansas.


This program offers two curriculum options.

Option 1: For candidates who hold an Associate of Arts in elementary education or an Associate of Arts with general emphasis.

Option 2: For candidates who do not hold an Associate of Arts.


A bachelor’s degree from Wichita State’s College of Applied Studies will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to make a positive impact in the classroom—and prepares you to pursue an advanced education degree.

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