Interdisciplinary Teacher Education Program

The interdisciplinary teacher education program at Western Michigan University is an innovative, interdisciplinary teacher education program that focuses on the how and why of teaching adults in both theoretical and clinical areas. Its purposes are to:

  • Develop and strengthen teachers and teaching in health professional education.
  • Increase the number of faculty and clinical instructors prepared to teach others to provide for the health care needs of individuals, groups and communities.

The interdisciplinary teacher education program is for health professionals who would like to improve their teaching, would like to become a teacher in a university or health institution setting, and/or supervise interns in practice settings. The program offers opportunities to work as an interdisciplinary team, exploring the science and art of teaching and learning. Participants work with a mentor teacher, an experienced educator who provides support and feedback and helps enhance teaching ability in a particular health discipline.

The program will be offered for academic credit (three course sequence of nine graduate credits). There are four days on the WMU campus each session: fall, spring and summer semesters. Nurse graduates are eligible to take the NLN Certification Examination for Nurse Educators.

Criteria for enrollment

  • Minimum of a master’s degree in a health field or current enrollment in a graduate health-related program. Professionals with a bachelor’s degree will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Current or projected employment as a teacher or clinical/field instructor
  • Commitment to the teaching role
  • Willingness to work with a mentor teacher


Apply to WMU at and complete the application for non-degree status (graduate). The graduate course credit cost is the prevailing graduate credit hour tuition plus fees for nine credits.  The deadline for application is June for classes beginning in September.

If you want additional information about the program or the application process, please call our interdisciplinary teacher education program director, Sally Vliem at (269) 387-8150 or email at