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Oct. 21, 2004
CONTACT: Ward Mullens

U.S. News and World Report's "Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Teacher" features EMU's College of Education

YPSILANTI– It would be difficult to write a book about how to become a teacher and not have some mention of Eastern Michigan University and its long tradition of producing some of the best educational personnel in the country.

Eastern Michigan University gets more than a mention in U.S. News and World Report’s recently published book, “Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Teacher” (Sourcebooks Inc., $18.95).

“Eastern Michigan University has a rich tradition in preparing teachers,” said EMU President Craig Willis. “That tradition includes national teachers of the year, state teachers of the year and other exceptional educators. Inclusion in this publication is a reaffirmation of the quality of EMU students who go on to become teachers.”

“We are delighted that Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education was selected for inclusion in this guide,” said Alane Starko, interim dean of EMU’s College of Education.

“We were very flattered last year when U.S. News & World Report told us that EMU was on a ‘short list,’ because of both our size and reputation,” said Jerry Robbins, former dean of EMU’s College of Education. “What particularly attracted the attention of those preparing this book was the COE’s large and high-quality program for addressing the ‘career changer’ population.”

The 519-page soft-cover book contains six chapters and two additional sections which serve as a primer on how to become a teacher. Topics covered include how to choose the right school, finding money for school and getting certified. The book also contains various program offerings from just about every institution in the nation.

EMU is one of only five schools featured in Chapter 4: “Inside Five Grad Schools.” The chapter focuses on the experiences of students Michael Swain and Alice Fitzgerald, and how they changed careers through the post-baccalaureate program at EMU. The EMU segment also describes Professor Ethan Lowenstein’s Curriculum and Methods for Secondary Education class.

“This recognition of our post-baccalaureate certification program is a credit both to EMU faculty and staff and to the hundreds of students who have found the courage to return to college for a career change,” Starko said. “Our post-baccalaureate students are great assets to teach the teaching profession, bringing with them wisdom and experiences from a host of different fields.”

The four other programs featured in the chapter are Stanford University School of Education, National University of California, The University of Texas-El Paso and Teachers College at Columbia University in New York.

Eastern Michigan University, which has been preparing teachers since it was established in 1849, is one of the largest producers of educational personnel in the country. The  formal College of Education was established in 1959 and offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. EMU’s COE is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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