Courtney Unruh '16 is the winner of the Kansas Horizon Award for top new teachers. She said, EMU is exceptional at placing students into classroom environments and allowing them a safe place to practice and begin to understand all areas of the teaching world – even before student teaching.”
Seja Fields, an elementary education major at Eastern Mennonite University, works with Raymond, Micah and Maya in EMU's Early Learning Center. More than 500 alumni have gained teaching experience at the center, which has served area families since 1977.
Change the world, become a teacher. At EMU in Harrisonburg, Virginia we prepare students to be the very best educators. Students are in the classroom in the first five weeks of class, getting practical, hands-on experiences and learning the art and craft of teaching right from the start. You will learn to become a reflective educator, asking yourself "How can I engage my students more effectively? How can I make this lesson better?"
EMU emphasizes the importance of being adaptable and engaging in a growth mindset. We prepare students to continue to evolve to meet the different and changing needs of students and the differing roles and responsibilities of teachers.
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.
These areas of study may be selected along with any of the above listed programs: