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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Professional Education Unit (PEU) is the primary coordinating body for all of CMU’s teacher preparation and continuing education programs which are distributed across six colleges and involve 21 departments/schools and five interdisciplinary councils. The PEU consists of more than 250 professional education faculty members, the Center for Clinical Experiences, the Director of Professional Education, the dean of the College of Education and Human Services, and the dean or dean’s designee of each involved college. The work of the PEU is supported by the Center for Student Services housed in the College of Education and Human Services.  The PEU offers 20 graduate programs at the master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels, and 26 areas of specialized study at the undergraduate level.  CMU has been a leader in teacher education programs since it was founded in 1892 and graduates more than 500 teacher candidates annually.

  • The graph above represents the average achievement growth of P-12 Students in classrooms taught by CMU graduates.  The scores were obtained from the administration of the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA): Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment completed by school districts assessing student learning in reading and mathematics.  The score of the NWEA: MAP relates directly to the curriculum scale in each subject area and ranges from about 100 to 300.  Students typically start at the 180 to 200 level in the third grade and progress to the 220-260 level by high school. The scores provided by the NWEA: MAP make it possible to follow a student's educational growth from year to year.   It is important to note that it is typical to see the average achievement growth rate decrease as a student enters advanced grade levels requiring higher levels of learning. 

    The average achievement growth rate for each grade level is statistically significant indicating that CMU graduates have a positive impact on P-12 student learning.

    Narrative Adapted from NWEA Site - Source
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  • Major
    n Total % Rated Highly Effective or Effective
    Language Arts 
    131
    95.42

    Early Childhood Development and Learning
    144
    97.92

    Special Education: Cognitive Impairment
    120
    98.33

    Special Education: Emotional Impairment 
    25
    96.00

    English as a Second Language 
    8
    100.00

    Reading in Elementary Grades 
    63
    100.00

    Biology
    13
    92.30

    Chemistry 
    4
    100.00

    Earth Science
    3
    100.00

    English 
    52
    94.23

    French 
    4
    100.00

    Geography
    16
    100.00

    German
    1
    100.00

    History
    65
    96.93

    Integrated Science 
    76
    97.37

    Mathematics 
    123
    94.31

    Music 
    33
    93.94

    Physical Education
    37
    97.29

    Physics 
    2
    100.00

    School Health 
    29
    96.55

    Social Studies44
    90.91
    Spanish 12
    100.00
    Speech 16
    100.00

    Visual Arts
    16
    100.00

    Middle Level Education
    36
    94.44


  • The Principal survey data provide feedback from key employers of CMU teacher education alumni related to the on-the-job success of CMU graduates. When asked about their overall views about CMU graduate, those new to teaching and those with experience, 97% of principals report that CMU teacher education graduates were "well prepared" or "adequately prepared" to teach and 100% of those responding to the question state that they "definitely" or "probably" would be inclined to hire another CMU graduate. 
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    The Professional Education Unit (PEU) is dedicat
    ed to promoting candidate performance that is concept and knowledge driven, learner centered, and reflective.  Inherent in each of the three doctrinal statements is a set of knowledge, skills and dispositions needed for candidates to be successful in their professional practice.
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    ​​Teacher Candidates become effective classroom leaders by participating in a co-teaching model which utilizes seven strategies to intentionally engage the cooperating teacher and candidate in all aspects of planning, instruction and assessment.
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    ​​By participating in diverse classroom settings and developing the necessary knowledge and skills through course work and clinical experiences, teacher candidates apply theory to practice and demonstrate competency in meeting the educational needs of all students.
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    ​​Teacher candidates spend over 700 clinical experience hours with master level cooperating teachers acquiring effective mastery of classroom management. 
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    Candidates develop teaching modules that focus on issues of digital citizenship, equity, and access, as well as on technology as a tool for supporting communication, collaboration, evaluation, creativity, and curation of resources.  They develop an understanding of content detailing the factors impacting online or blended learning experiences from both a teaching and learning perspective.

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    Candidates adhere to a defined set of dispositions that reflect the commitments and virtues influencing behavior toward students, families, colleagues and communities and deeply affect student learning and development as well as the educator's own professional growth.
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    ​​Through coursework and clinical experiences, the Professional Education Unit (PEU) strives to provide the highest quality undergraduate and graduate educational experiences that develop effective professionals, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners.

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    "I had a lot of experience observing in the field before getting my first job. The student teaching experience was by far the most helpful. CMU set high expectations which prepared me well for the education field.

    "​I feel that the Special Education program prepared me well for Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, parent communication, and working with other teachers.

    "​I think the number of hours we spend working in the field is excellent. Getting all of that hands on experience really reinforces what we learn in our coursework.

    "​I feel that CMU prepared me to make relationships with students/parents/ coworkers and these relationships are what kept me going in my first year.

  • "I felt very prepared overall after completing the program at CMU.
     I have a very good grasp on different assessments and
    behavior management." 
    2015-16 CMU Alumni Survey


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  • Total Number of Program 
    Completers by Area


    Elementary*

    n=​202

    ​Integrated Science
    ​50

    ​Language Arts
    ​61

    ​Mathematics
    ​50

    ​Early Childhood Development and Learning
    ​52

    ​Special Education: Cognitive Impairment
    ​56

    ​Special Education: Emotional Impairment
    ​11

    ​English as a Second Language
    ​8

    ​Reading in Elementary Grades
    ​63

    ​Social Studies
    ​50


    Secondary*
    n=​141

    ​Biology
    ​12
    ​Chemistry
    ​3
    ​Earth Science
    ​3
    ​English
    ​31
    ​French
    ​1
    ​Geography
    ​1
    ​German
    ​1
    ​History
    ​42
    ​Integrated Science
    ​12
    ​Mathematics
    ​33

    ​Music
    ​23

    ​Physical Education
    ​22

    ​Physics
    ​1

    ​School Health
    ​22

    ​Social Studies
    ​21

    ​Spanish
    ​4

    ​Speech
    ​8

    ​Visual Arts
    ​3

    ​Middle Level Education
    ​0

    ​ ​*numbers do not sum due to completers with multiple majors and minors. 2015-16 academic year.
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  • Program Number
    Taking MTTC
    Number
    Passing MTTC
    Program
    Pass Rate
    State
    Pass Rate
    English (002)27
    24
    88.90%
    85.60%
    Speech (004)10
    10100.00%
    100.00%
    Reading (005)
    29
    2793.10%84.30%
    Geography (008)*
    *
    *50.00%
    History (009)
    37
    1643.20%
    60.80%
    Biology (017)
    11
    10
    90.90%
    89.40%
    Chemistry (018)
    *
    *
    *
    91.20*
    Physics (019)
    *
    *
    *
    80.80%
    Earth/Space Science (020)
    *
    *
    *
    83.30%
    Secondary Math (022)
    23
    21
    91.30%
    95.10%
    French (023)
    *
    *
    *
    68.80%
    Spanish (028)
    *
    *
    *
    95.90%
    Health (043)18
    16
    88.90%
    85.30%
    Physical Education (044)
    14
    12
    85.70%
    84.00%
    School Counselor (051)
    **
    *
    *
    Cognitive Impairment (056)
    47
    41
    87.20%
    80.40%
    Emotional Impairment (059)
    11
    11100.00%
    100.00%
    Elementary Education (083)
    *
    *
    *
    *
    Social Studies Secondary (084)
    23
    19
    82.60%
    84.50%
    Middle Level (085)
    15
    15
    100.00%
    100.00%
    English as a Second Language (086)
    8
    8100.00%
    95.00%
    Mathematics Elementary (089)
    26
    25
    96.20%
    84.30%
    Language Arts Elementary (090)
    33
    26
    78.80%
    80.10%
    Reading Specialist (092)
    *
    *
    *
    *
    Integrated Science Elementary (093)30
    19
    63.30%
    71.90%
    Integrated Science Secondary (094)
    9
    8
    88.90%
    89.40%
    Visual Arts Education (095)
    5
    5
    100.00%
    95.40%
    Music Education (099)
    20
    18
    90.00%
    95.90%
    Elementary Education (103)
    110
    98
    89.10%
    87.40%
    Social Studies Elementary (105)
    6
    1
    16.70%
    58.70%
    Early Childhood Education/Gen & Sped (106)
    37
    29
    78.40%
    76.60%
    *Number of test takers less than 5.
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  •           94% are currently teaching in some capacity 
             77% are currently teaching full-time 
             72% are currently teaching in their CMU subject area
             17% are currently teaching outside of their area of certification
             72% are currently teaching in Michigan

  •          87% are currently teaching in some capacity 
             85% are currently teaching full-time 
             72% are currently teaching in their CMU subject area
             26% are currently teaching outside of their area of certification
             65% are currently teaching in Michigan

  •          98% are currently teaching in some capacity 
             89% are currently teaching full-time 
             78% are currently teaching in their CMU subject area
             23% are currently teaching outside of their area of certification
             75% are currently teaching in Michigan

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    ​"The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally."
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Betty Kirby, Ed.D.
Senior Associate Dean
College of Education and Human Services
Central Michigan University
EHS Building 42​​6
(989) 774-3309
betty.kirby@cmich.edu
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