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Andi Angel Said,
April 6th, 2011 @3:15 pm  

Hope College has one of the best teacher education programs in Michigan. Used to be 2nd or 3rd, but tied for #1 last year. I just graduated from there, and now I’m a special ed teacher. I feel I was fully prepared.

Also, it’s on the shores of Lake Michigan. Absolutely beautiful.

April 6th, 2011 @4:10 pm  

I have to brag on my alma mata – The University of Detroit however, I would not encourage anyone to move to Detroit at this time! But, let me say this – you can find a good Educational program in just about any school. The real truth about being ‘taught’ is to first have the desire to teach within you. I honestly believe that the spirit of teaching is born in you – it’s not something that comes up. You have to have a gift that is acted upon throughout your life and the teaching part comes with you joining hands with the program to get the details you need to deliver.

I know this might sound looney to you, but I knew I was going to be a teacher when I was about 7 years old. I had class in my house, I would gather the neighborhood children to teach them how to write and read, and I never stopped. When I learned to play the piano – I begin to teach that. I taught everything that was taught to me. I developed patience and a love for learning. I read everything! I still do. My yearning for edcuation was more than just teaching. When I got to college, I found the subjects interesting and I did all I was supposed to do – but it was when I got in the classroom and saw those faces that the desire rose up in me even stronger. I applied what I was taught, but I found that life’s experiences is always the best teacher. When I was in college, they didn’t teach me about students with 504 Plans, ADHD, Anger Management problems, pregnant teens, gay teens…they didn’t teach me about white students who would hate me as a black teacher and give me all kinds of grief, calling me names, etc. There is so much you are not taught in college that only life can teach. Still, I was not deterred. I have been teaching for more than 10 years now – middle school and high school. I still love it. I still love students and though the pay may not be what a good teacher deserves, I stand fast to this fact – the Lord takes really good care of me. I want for nothing. My greatest reward is when students come back to me – long after they have graduated college and are working and they tell me that they appreciate what I gave them – life’s lessons, school lessons, demanding excellence in them when they didn’t think they had it in themselves. Those are my greatest rewards.

So, do your research. There are plenty of strong edcuational departments in schools, but unless you talk with someone who attended these, you really won’t know.

I do wish you all the best in the world. It’s going to be hard – like the corporate world, there can be a lot of politics in education, but if you really feel you have been called to teach – God will be with you every step of the way.

ramyers1987 Said,
April 6th, 2011 @4:49 pm  

Niagara University though I hate the ed majors there…they are so pompous

Genaj Said,
April 6th, 2011 @5:29 pm  

University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Why UW-L is Your Distinct Choice

* UW-L’s tuition is among the lowest of any comprehensive public university in the Midwest

* UW-L ranks No.3 in the Midwest’s top regional public universities listing by U.S.News & World Report’s College Guide. (2008)

* UW-L ranks No. 33 on the list of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Colleges. (Feb. 2007)

* The American Association of State Colleges and Universities placed UW-L among 12 universities nationally for successfully graduating students.

* The June 2006 issue of provides a list of the “50 Smart Places to Live.” The top-ranked area in Wisconsin is La Crosse at No.16.

* Men’s Fitness magazine (October 2006) ranked UW-L No. 12 in fitness among all sizes of campuses nationwide. The survey looked at campus culture of fitness, exercise and factors that influence health and well-being.

* UW-L has forged relationships with more than 25 universities and several program partners to offer study abroad programs around the world. During the 2005-06 academic year, the university sent over 400 students to international destinations. In addition UW-L ranked 17th in the United States for participation in study abroad programs

UWL- School of Education

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