Professional Readiness Exam preparation classes were offered for undergraduate pre-educations students, as one of many interventions developed to help students gain admission into Western Michigan University's teacher education programs.


The Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies launched a pilot elementary education cohort with 20 students who took three classes per semester together as a group and participated in academic and social support activities.


The graduate faculty designed hybrid versions of the core graduation classes to meet the professional development needs of teachers across state.


The department moved into the new Sangren Hall with discipline specific classroom space for methods courses in art, science, early childhood education and social studies.


The W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation 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 master’s program in education and professional development underwent a name change and current concentrations in early childhood education, elementary school teaching and learning and teaching at the middle level became areas of specialization. The proposed revision incorporated current concentrations while allowing master’s students and their advisers to co-design an area of specialization. Master of Arts programs are now the practice of teaching and socio-cultural studies of education.

July 1, 2006

The Department of Educational Studies and the Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership were replaced by three new departments; one for school administrators, the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology and two departments that now house Western Michigan University's largest teacher education programs, the Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies and the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies.