Who We Are

Located in the Department of English Language & Literature, we work with students at all points in their journey to become knowledgeable and reflective middle and high school English teachers. At the undergraduate level, we prepare students for initial certification through the language, literature and writing for teachers major and minor. At the graduate level, we help teachers continue to strive for excellence in their teaching through the master's in English studies for teachers and the Eastern Michigan Writing Project.

The master's in English studies for teachers is intended for teachers who are interested in pursuing further studies in the teaching of English at the secondary level. Designed to offer both substantive work in the content knowledge of English studies and flexibility for practicing professionals, the program emphasizes knowledge, inquiry and community. Courses are offered in hybrid, online and face-to-face formats, and may also include summer programs offered through the Eastern Michigan Writing Project. The Masters of Arts in Teacher Education—Secondary English Concentration is a graduate teacher certification program for students who already have a BA/BS in English or related field.

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Eastern Michigan Writing Project

The Eastern Michigan Writing Project (EMWP) is one of 11 sites of the National Writing Projects of Michigan and one of more than 200 sites of the National Writing Project.

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Continuing Education

Michigan teachers are required to periodically update their teaching certificates. Staff in the College of Education's Office of Academic Services can advise you on requirements and adding endorsements.

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Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

EMU offers teacher preparation programs for those with a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and who have never been certified to teach.