The College of Education and Human Development's Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies (TLES) develops educators who are committed to teaching for social justice. We support life-long teacher development through various certificates and degrees in online, hybrid and in-person instructional formats. You will gain valuable professional and networking experience in your chosen field through internships and student organizations, and our dedicated faculty and student services professionals will ensure you have the support you need to prosper.
Virtual K-12 learning resources
We are aware that families in our community need support to juggle the demands of work, distance learning and child care. Our department is happy to share resources and information to support families and schools.
Each year, faculty members from across the University select the most outstanding senior in their various academic schools, departments and programs to represent their units as a WMU Presidential Scholar. This year, 50 scholars were chosen from a senior class of 5,082 students.
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.
Science-related jobs are among the fastest growing in the United States, but the country is facing a shortage of workers to fill them. The Pathways to Science Teaching program at Western Michigan University looks to change that by making science less intimidating for aspiring teachers.
Western Michigan University's online master's in education program is among the top in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report. Second in Michigan only to Michigan State University, the report cites Western's use of "contemporary instructional design practices and instructional technologies combined with the subject matter expertise of faculty to provide students with an effective and engaging learning experience."