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.

English education, in collaboration with programs in the department of English Language & Literature and the College of Education, is a Bachelor of Arts program committed to developing and sustaining knowledgeable and reflective teachers of secondary English in a diverse society. The nationally accredited program is built on researched-based approaches to teaching language, literature, and writing.  Students complete coursework leading to secondary teacher certification.

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. 

Thinking about becoming a teacher? Read "Taking the Long View: State Efforts to Solve Teacher Shortages by Strengthening the Profession"  in a new report from the Learning Policy Institute.

  • Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

    If you already have a bachelor's degree but have never been certified to teach:

    1. Attend a group advising session in the COE for post baccalaureate students.
    2. Meet individually with an advisor in the COE to discuss your program of study. Your advisor will suggest the classes that you have to take to satisfy the major/minor requirements.
    3. Meet with an English advisor to look over those suggestions and to determine if they meet the requirements of the department.
    4. Take the agreed upon classes to fulfill the requirements.
    5. Pass the MTTC test in English.
  • Adding an Endorsement

    If you already are a certified secondary teacher, seeking to add an English endorsement:

    1. Meet with an English advisor and together fill out the program of study. (Make sure to bring a transcript of courses you've already taken to this meeting.)
    2. Take the agreed-upon classes to fulfill the requirements.
    3. Pass the MTTC test in English.
    4. Contact Molly Thornbladh and apply to have the endorsement added.

Additional Information

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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 COE'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.