Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies
- The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Studies [TLES] houses three undergraduate programs, all leading to teacher certification:
- Secondary Education
- Elementary Education
- Elementary Education with Early Childhood Endorsement
- Two Masters of Arts degree programs are offered, each allowing specializations developed in consultation with a faculty member:
- Socio-Cultural Studies of Education
- The Practice of Teaching
- The department’s programs are shaped by a common set of core beliefs; which provide focus to our learning, teaching, and ongoing engagement with our community. Our core beliefs include the important stances we take in reflecting, knowing, and learning.
- Our department faculty works together with faculty in the areas of Special Education, Literacy Studies, Educational Technology, and many departments in the College of Arts and Sciences to coordinate coursework to see that our programs and graduates meet state and national standards for teacher certification.
- Interns and pre-interns in undergraduate programs work in a wide variety of school settings in communities in southwest Michigan. A key to the success of these experiences is an award-winning support and accountability system built on the concept of school cluster sites where our students receive active mentoring and supervision as they learn to teach.
- The W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation have designated WMU and TLES as a host site for the Teaching Fellows program, an innovative post-degree teacher certification program aimed at developing outstanding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics teachers. The first cadre of Fellows arrived at WMU in May 2011, and has placements in schools in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, and Benton Harbor for the 2011-2012 school year.
Accreditations/External Program Review
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
- Association for Childhood Education International