A Legacy of Excellence. A Future of Possibilities.

For more than 150 years, the College of Education has been offering practice-oriented degrees for curious and critically reflective individuals who want to work as teachers, administrators, scholars, counselors, speech & hearing clinicians, and advocates. Our enduring reputation of excellence is sustained through a tradition of innovative and empowering practices, relevant and practical learning experiences, and a long-standing commitment to the education of diverse learners. From day one, our graduates are prepared to teach, to lead, and to imagine the possibilities of what can be in our schools, our institutions of higher education, and our communities.


By the Numbers


Michigan State Normal School. 1899, first 4 year teaching degree in the United States


1st college in the United States to offer Special Education.


Academic Programs


All undergraduates – including international – get in-state tuition

In the Know More Stories

A picture of the door to the Early Childhood Lending Library with a mural of multicolored diamond shapes on either side of it

The Early Childhood Lending Library

The Early Childhood Lending Library provides pre-service teachers at EMU with a variety of play and learning materials they can use during their various field placements at EMU.

A photo of COE Dean, Ryan Evely Gildersleeve speaking from a podium at EduTalk.

Video from COE Dean Gildersleeve's EduTalk held on October 27, 2022

If you weren't able to attend, or if you'd like to see it again you can watch the video on YouTube.

An image of an open box with symbols representing great ideas leaping out of it.

40 EMU faculty members receive University supported fellowships for research and creative activities

EMU is awarding Faculty Research and Creative Activity Fellowships to 40 faculty members in 2022-23. The annual fellowships were approved June 16 by the University’s Board of Regents.