The Underground Railroad: The Struggle Against Slavery Project is supported by a partnership with the Eastern Michigan University College of Education. Seeking to realize its opportunities, responsibilities, and potential, the Museum formed a partnership with Eastern Michigan University to develop educational materials and programs that support the teaching and learning of African American history and culture. This partnership connects the Museum to one of the most preeminent Colleges of Education in the nation with the goal of strengthening teachers’ competencies in teaching African American history.
For more than 150 years, Eastern Michigan University has played a major state and national role in the preparation of teachers, administrators, and related professionals. Established in 1849, Eastern Michigan University has a historic and valued place as the first “normal” school west of the Alleghenies.
The Professional Education Unit, consisting of programs housed in the College of Education (COE), the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), and the College of Technology (COT), is one of the nation’s largest preparers of professional education personnel, offering programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, specialist’s and doctoral degree levels. This unit certifies more than 1,000 teachers annually, representing elementary, secondary, and special education. Eastern Michigan University’s programs have received a number of national recognitions, are fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and are approved by the Michigan Department of Education. In almost every instance in which a program-specific national recognition exists, Eastern Michigan University’s Professional Education Unit holds this recognition at the highest level. As a result of its well-established reputation, the College of Education has created partnerships with seven local high-need school districts interested in enhancing a variety of school improvement activities.