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 2013-14 program graduates who sought teaching positions were employed to teach the following year and graduated with an average grade point average (GPA) of 3.52. 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.
Poverty simulation, set up by Virginia Cooperative Extension, challenges students with ‘real-life’ choicesNovember 16th, 2015
“We started out in a bad situation, and nothing got better … I tried to go to work,” said the unmarried father of a one-year-old. Despite working full-time, he was unable to pay the mortgage and utilities, leading to eviction. Suddenly the father found himself, his girlfriend, and his child in a homeless shelter. He …More
Contingent of EMU educators to present at annual Peace and Justice Studies Conference in HarrisonburgOctober 6th, 2015
As peace and justice studies educators from around the country converge on James Madison University for the Oct. 15-17 Peace and Justice Studies Conference, a large contingent of faculty and alumni of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) are in final preparations. Professor Catherine Barnes offers a keynote address and more than 20 Eastern Mennonite University other …More
Author Todd Wynward shares a wild way of discipleship, more ‘earth-honoring, empire-resisting, despair-erasing’September 23rd, 2015
Wilderness lovers, sustainability advocates, farmers, writers, educators and seminarians – Todd Wynward’s message, shared during a series of events from Oct. 1-7 at Eastern Mennonite University, will appeal to anyone striving to live intentionally, lightly and joyfully on this earth. Wynward, who lives in Taos, New Mexico, is author of Rewilding the Way: Break Free …More