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.

Graduate Success

EMU teacher education graduate Camila Pandolfi Employers know EMU teacher education graduates come from a high-quality program. 93% 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.

Program News

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    EMU professors help design grant-funded restorative justice pilot project in Mississippi schools

    April 21st, 2016

    After recently becoming the first university in the country to offer a graduate certificate in restorative justice in education,  Eastern Mennonite University will soon begin working with school and community leaders in Jackson, Mississippi, to introduce restorative practices to the city’s public school system. In March 2016, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) announced a $61,000 …More

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    Spring recognition chapel celebrates student leadership and achievement

    April 15th, 2016

    A variety of student accomplishments were celebrated at Eastern Mennonite University’s annual spring student recognition chapel service today [April 15, 2016]. Rachel Roth Sawatsky, director of student programs, opened the service: “Every day on this campus, there are great people doing great things, big and small gestures, accomplishments made after long-term commitments and one-off unexpected …More

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    Five pre-service ‘Teachers of Promise’ recognized from Eastern Mennonite University

    March 30th, 2016

    Five senior education students from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) were selected by education faculty to attend the March 18-19 Teachers of Promise Foundation Institute in Richmond, Virginia. The annual event brings together 100 outstanding pre-service teachers from Virginia for recognition, mentorship and professional development. The 2016 Teachers of Promise are Austin Mumaw, elementary education, from …More

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So, what kind of teacher will you be? Choose your field of study, learn more about the key elements of our teacher education program, and contact us with any questions!