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 30 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. In 2012, 96% of program graduates who sought teaching positions were employed to teach within six months of graduation and graduated with an average grade point average (GPA) of 3.38. 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.
Two education grads find years at Hopi reservation school to be rewarding, though distant from their own family rootsJune 23rd, 2014
As an elementary education graduate from Eastern Mennonite University, Rebecca A. Yoder ’10 knew that she wanted to teach, but she never imagined that four years after graduation she would be living and working in an Arizona desert, 90 miles from the nearest shopping center. Now, she cannot imagine being anywhere else. Yoder and Joilyn …More
- May 23rd, 2014
After earning a degree in songwriting from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2006, Harrisonburg native John Hostetter ’11 moved to Tucson, Arizona. He spent two years playing guitar in a bluegrass band, then joined a rock band called Harlem, moved to Austin, Texas, and started to get recognized nationally. “I lived [in Austin] …More
- March 8th, 2014
More than 500 alumni living in the City of Harrisonburg or Rockingham County work in education, though only two-thirds of these seem to be employed in their home districts, according to EMU’s alumni database. “The teachers we hire from the EMU teacher education program rank as being some of the best,” says Scott R. Kizner, superintendent …More