Become a Teacher at EMU
At EMU we prepare future teachers who teach boldly in a changing world through an ethic of care and critical reflection. For these students, teaching is a calling, an act of service to the world.
Two key characteristics of our teacher education program are: sending future teachers into classrooms early, and reflective practice, which is woven into all education courses at EMU.
Our teacher education program has carried the highest national accreditation standards in the nation for more than 40 years. EMU is one of only five private colleges in Virginia to be NCATE-certified.
Employers know EMU teacher education graduates come from a high-quality program. 100% of 2014-15 program graduates who sought positions in education were employed in PreK-12 education settings and graduated with an average grade point average (GPA) of 3.55. 100% of program graduates pass the state licensure exams.
Professors attribute this success to the many various field experiences students have throughout the program; by the fifth week of classes, EMU teacher education students are in the field observing and putting their lessons into practice in classrooms. And EMU’s lab school, the Early Learning Center, also allows every early education (PreK-3) major to work “in the field” with community preschoolers.
- February 9th, 2016
As an undergraduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012, Mark Strandquist began the “Windows from Prison” project that continues today. He asks incarcerated men, women, and teens to respond to the following question: “If you could have a window in your cell, what place from your past would it look out to?” The writing becomes …More
An internship in Memphis last summer gave this future teacher the opportunity to share her love of learningJanuary 22nd, 2016
Education, social justice, Christ-centered, equity, MEMPHIS! With these five themes, Quinn Kathrineberg, a junior English education major at Eastern Mennonite University, recently attempted to spark interest among her fellow classmates about Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR). In true MTR Camp fashion, she might have asked the group to yell those words out loud. MTR Camp brings …More
Restorative justice programs in schools need to build slowly and address campus climate issues, says professor Kathy Evans in The AtlanticJanuary 12th, 2016
Restorative justice within schools can’t exist in a vacuum, says Kathy Evans, an assistant professor of education at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), in a Dec. 29, 2015 article in The Atlantic. Schools also have to address the campus climate issues that contribute to student behavior, she says. The article, titled “When Restorative Justice Works,” profiles …More