• Student collecting dirt samples

    Immersive program aims to empower next generation of science teachers

  • students taking notes in classroom

    Urban Teacher Residency Program Launch

    Western Michigan University and the College of Education and Human Development to launch Urban Teacher Residency Program this summer.

  • Headshot of Cara Lougheed

    Top teacher

    TLES grad wins Michigan's 2019-20 Teacher of the Year award.

  • students building a model

    CTE Credit

    New agreement awards qualifying students college credit for Career and Technical Education courses.

  • Kirstin with a laptop at a park

    First-Year Faces

  • downtown kalamazoo

    Catching Up with You in Kalamazoo

    Catching up with you in Kalamazoo! Update your information so we can stay in contact with you.

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.

Latest news

  • A student holds up an instrument with water in it, examining it for small organisms.

    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.

  • A student works at a computer.

    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."

  • A crossing guard motions for kids getting off of a school bus to cross the street.

    A $4.9 million U.S. Department of Education grant will spearhead the Urban Teacher Residency Program at WMU. The product of nearly two years of planning, this program will pay for candidates within the districts—like paraprofessionals, bus drivers, food service staff and custodians—to earn their teacher certification while they work, mitigating some of the barriers that impede qualified candidates from pursuing a career.