Early Childhood Education
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.”
Teachers Allison Eanes and Austin Mumaw were recently honored by two Harrisonburg City Schools students. Both are alumni of Eastern Mennonite University.
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.
Eastern Mennonite University's five outstanding pre-service teachers attended the Teachers of Promise Institute in Richmond, Virginia, on March 2-3
Math education major Madelynn Payne created this interactive piece of art in an engineering class. Each line of poetry is coded to play bars of classical music when touched.
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.
In Virginia, teacher education students in PreK-3, PreK-6, and special education licensure programs/endorsements get a liberal arts degree with licensure in PreK-3, PreK-6 or SpEd.
In addition to EMU's core curriculum, which emphasizes Christian faith, communication, cross-cultural learning and critical thinking, students take courses in education to complete licensure in their teaching area.
Professional Sequence for Early/Primary and Elementary Education
|ED 101 Exploring Teaching||2|
|ED 201 Computers and Instructional Technology in Education||1|
|ED 231 Organizing for Learning||3|
|ED 232 Learning, Motivation, and Assessment (PreK-6)||3|
|ED 321 Management and Organization in Early Education||3|
|ED 331 Math in the Elementary School||2|
|ED 332 Science in the Elementary School||2|
|ED 333 Social Studies in the Elementary School||2|
|ED 301 Needs of Diverse Learners||3|
|ED 341 Language Arts||2|
|ED 342 Reading/Diagnostic Reading||3|
|ED 343 Content Area Reading and Writing||2|
|ED 401 Examining Foundations of Education||2|
|ED 411 Reflective Teaching Seminar and Portfolio||1|
Plus: Early/Primary Education only
ED 421 Student Teaching I: PreK-3 - 7 credits
ED 422 Student Teaching II: PreK-3 - 7 credits
*ART 397 Elementary School Art Methods - 2
*MUED 341 Elementary School Music- 3
Elementary education candidates majoring in liberal arts are encouraged to select a minor from the following content areas: English, history, Spanish, art, music, math or sciences.
You can read more about requirements in education from EMU in the education section of the EMU catalog.