CEHD ranked #41 in best online master's in education programs

U.S. News and World Report 2023 rankings placed WMU No. 41 for best online master’s in education programs of all colleges and universities reviewed and No. 2 in the state of Michigan.

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    Even before COVID-19, school districts nationwide were battling a teacher shortage. A new partnership between Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Public Schools and Benton Harbor Area Schools will develop a new pipeline to fill the dire need for quality instructors. The Urban Teacher Residency program will pay for candidates within the districts to earn their teacher certification while they work, mitigating some of the barriers that impede qualified candidates from pursuing a career in teacher education.

    Learn more about the Urban Teacher Residency program

  • 20% The Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology (CECP) has enrolled on average 20% underrepresented races/ethnicities over the last ten years.

  • 253 CEHD has graduated 253 first-generation, income eligible or students with disabilities from our TRIO Future Educator Success Program since its inception 253.

  • $5 million A $5 million grant is being used to create new pipelines for teacher shortages in urban districts including Benton Harbor and Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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CEHD ranked #3 in the state of Michigan by U.S. News and World Report

In the newly-released U.S. News and World Report 2023 rankings, the College of Education and Human Development at Western Michigan University has been ranked in the top 100 public institutions and No. 3 in the state of Michigan for graduate schools in education.

Discovery driven

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    The Grand Rapids Southeast Promise Neighborhood Project, funded at roughly $6 million a year, will address a pipeline of 14 evidence-based solutions for student success, including school readiness, literacy and math success, transitions to middle and high school, post-secondary preparation, and a variety of student and family health and security targets.

  • 25% CEHD has been the most significant contributor to research at WMU, with its average research expenditure over the last three years (2019-2021) accounting for nearly 25% of the university total.

  • No. 3 The National Science Foundation has WMU’s College of Education and Human Development ranked No. 3 in the state of Michigan for federally-financed education related research.

  • $51 million Over the last ten years (2012-2021), CEHD acquired over $51 million external funding, a majority of which focused on improving the quality of K-12 education in the State of Michigan.

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About our 2,721 students

Learner centered

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    KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Committed to making learning accessible and affordable, Western Michigan University’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) announced a new academic initiative, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Opportunities. Students may now apply for potential credit for their prior knowledge and experiences for various programs within CEHD. This is a great opportunity for nontraditional students to showcase their prior learning experiences and fast-track their degree program.

  • 99% 99% of new teachers prepared at WMU were rated ‘effective’ or ‘highly effective’ by Michigan school principals in the 2020-21 academic year.

  • CAEP The WMU teacher education unit is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) at review in 2020.

  • $2.3 million In the last five years, CEHD has provided close to $2.2 million in scholarships to our students from its various endowment accounts.

About the College of Education and Human Development

As the cornerstone of Western Michigan University, the College of Education and Human Development continues to build upon its rich tradition of excellence by facilitating the preparation and growth of pre K-12 teachers, human service professionals, innovative designers, and health and wellness specialists.

View a full list of all the programs offered from the College of Education and Human Development