Eastern Michigan University's College of Education: key points
- Established by the State of Michigan in 1849 as Michigan State Normal School. Eastern was the first teacher-training school west of the Alleghenies and the sixth such institution in the United States. By 1880, Michigan state law required that all applicants to the Normal School “sign a declaration of intention to teach in the schools of the state.”
- Today, Eastern Michigan’s College of Education is one of the nation’s largest producers of educational personnel including teachers, administrators and counselors, and numerous Michigan educators have an Eastern degree. Its programs are nationally accredited, which denotes a high standard of excellence in teacher preparation.
- The University is also recognized for its ground-breaking programs. Michigan Normal was the first teacher-training school in the nation to offer a four-year degree program, and the first to offer a special education program for future teachers.
- Now, the College’s Department of Special Education is one of the largest and most comprehensive special education units in the country. Graduates have distinguished themselves as program directors, school superintendents and college professors. Numerous alumni have been named Teacher of the Year in their respective communities.
- That rich heritage continues. Eastern Michigan is one of only six Michigan universities awarded a prestigious grant from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation to prepare science and mathematics teachers. The three-year fellowships are awarded to promising educators with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students pursue a customized master’s degree program that prepares them to teach in high-need urban or rural secondary schools in seven local districts across the state.
- The College of Education faculty and students are part of a team of professionals and well-trained students working with families at Eastern Michigan’s Autism Collaborative Center (ACC). The Center will use a $500,000 state grant to use the latest technology – a live video stream – to evaluate and treat clients. A Telehealth model program allows health care professionals to expand care to rural or disadvantaged families while reducing travel time and expenses.
- The Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition, co-directed by Eastern Michigan educators in the Department of Teacher Education, has won a $30,000 grant from the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative to work with schools, teacher educators and community partners to address serious ecological and social problems in Southeast Michigan.
To learn more about the EMU College of Education, visit the COE website.