With thousands of employed alumni teaching in schools across America and the world, a community of future and current teachers who take undergraduate and graduate classes, and a nationally-prominent faculty, the English education program is truly a 'point of pride' for Western Michigan University.
Undergraduates and returning students seeking secondary and elementary language arts teacher certification take courses in the English Department and in the College of Education, and receive a strong background in both content knowledge and educational theory.
Our MA program with an emphasis in teaching offers advanced work in qualitative research, literacy, language, and literature study, in the teaching of writing, and in the teaching of literature to prepare teachers for professional leadership in their schools, districts and professional organizations.
Our PhD program in English education prepares experienced teachers to be university-level teacher educators and has an outstanding placement record. Doctoral students typically have opportunities to teach a variety of courses and may write dissertations based in qualitative and quantitative research, classroom research, and/or scholarly and historical research.
Our program is also widely recognized for our use of technology. We currently teach the majority of our classes in the English Education Lab Suite in Brown Hall.
We are also home to the National Writing Project site Third Coast Writing Project and numerous school-community outreach programs that offer our students many opportunities to practice their developing craft.