WMU has been an experience that I wouldn't trade for the world. My classes are so amazing and I never feel like support is out of reach.

- Jordan O'Neal, secondary education student (Learn more) 

The information below is a list of majors and graduate programs offered through the College of Education and Human Development's Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies at Western Michigan University.

Undergraduate programs


  • Elementary education

    The elementary education program prepares new educators to meet the unique needs of learners in Pre-Kindergarten to third grade (PK-3) and in third to sixth grades (3-6). Graduates will qualify to take the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) PK-3 (ZO) and/or 3-6 (ZP) endorsement.

Graduate programs

More teaching pathways

With a high demand for teachers nationwide, it’s an excellent time to start your education career! The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics estimates that we'll need 69 million new teachers by 2030 to meet global education goals. With over ten initial teacher certification pathways to choose from, WMU understands this demand and are making it easier than ever before for students to earn their initial teacher certifications and expand their knowledge base through both traditional and fast-track programming. 

View all teacher education pathways at WMU

  • Office of Clinical Experiences

    Coordinates the placement of teacher education interns.

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  • Office of Teacher Certification

    Advises those in pursuit of teacher certifications.

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  • TRIO

    Promotes the success of future educators.

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Questions about which major is right for you?

Dr. Susan Piazza

Chair of the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

Contact Dr. Piazza