From the first semester in Introduction to Teaching through the capstone student teaching internship, CMU students learn to teach through a wide variety of clinical experiences developed in partnership with school districts and beyond. Faculty and field supervisors knowledgeable in both content and pedagogy guide these clinical experiences to provide teacher candidates well-rounded support from the classroom to the field.
CMU’s high quality education programs and scaffolded clinical experiences prepare candidates to successfully teach and lead in a variety of classroom contexts and engage with families and communities. As classroom teachers, 97% of CMU Alumni were rated effective or highly effective by Michigan principals in 2018.
Graduates of CMU’s Education Program make a difference in schools around the world every day. They are fired up for education and passionate about leading changes to benefit the lives of students. Hear more from a few of our FireED Up! alumni below:
Year Graduated from CMU: 2012
Current Position: Principal at Lincoln Street Alternative High School and Principal of BPS Virtual Learning
School/Location: Birmingham, MI
After graduating from CMU, I started my teaching career as a 4th grade teacher at Detroit Leadership Academy, then at Berkshire Middle School as a math teacher. After spending three years at Berkshire, I went on to become the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. Recently, I was named the Principal at Lincoln Street Alternative High School and Principal of BPS Virtual Learning. I have always had a passion for serving at-risk students, which is why I initially chose to do my student teaching in Saginaw and then in Immokalee, Florida with Dr. Lorraine Berak. Dr. Norma Bailey also played a huge role in helping me develop who I am and what I believe as an educator today. I find personal fulfillment in helping others grow and learning from their diverse experiences and backgrounds. I will always be thankful for my education at CMU because I believe it provided me unique opportunities to develop my belief system about the importance of relationships and how those established connections can enhance teaching and learning for ALL students. Fire Up!
Year Graduated from CMU: Fall 2017
Current Position: High School Physics and Honors Physics. Varsity Baseball Head Coach.
School/Location: Anchor Bay High School, New Baltimore, MI.
The CMU Educator Program truly fired me up to lead the way! The program did a great job teaching me how to include technology in the classroom, and meet the needs of ALL of my students. In my teaching experience, I have learned that building positive relationships with my students, parents, and the community goes a long way! Learning is a TEAM effort. I would not be in the position that I am in today without my mentors Nancy Dodson, Karyn McConachie and the rest of the CMU Education Staff.
Year Graduated from CMU: 2013 Undergrad, 2016 Master’s of Educational Technology
Current Position: 4th Grade Teacher
School/Location: Costello Elementary School, Troy, Michigan
At CMU I was able to make personal connections with my professors and program supervisors. They pushed me and challenged me to strive to be the best educator I could be. This has continued to have a positive influence on my teaching career.
Year Graduated from CMU: 2006 Undergrad, Majoring in Secondary Education with emphasis on Earth/Space Science and Biology
Current Position: Middle & High School Science Educator
School/Location: Fulton Schools, Middleton, Michigan
CMU prepared me to be a life-long learner. I am constantly seeking out opportunities to adapt and change to better meet the needs of my students. Whether it was my undergrad work or the continual collaboration with CMU faculty through the Beaver Island Institute, I have benefited from the leadership of staff. My experiences through CMU have fostered a desire to innovate education. From developing cross-curricualar collaboration using the states "Salmon in the Classroom" program, to establishing lessons using aquaponics and building scientific inquiry in my students, CMU constructed the foundation of my practice.
Year Graduated from CMU: 1992
Current Position: JH/HS Teacher
School/Location: Ubly Community Schools, Ubly Michigan
I truly believe that my instructors at CMU made a difference. They showed that they cared and were always willing to take the time to help. I have adopted the same philosophy in Ubly where I have implemented two robotics programs and added technology-based classes to give our students the opportunity to experience educational offerings that are only seen in large school settings.