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EMU Laying Off nearly All Full-time Lecturers in College of Education

Feb 11, 2014

Almost all of Eastern Michigan University's full-time lecturers in the College of Education have received layoff notices.   College of Education Dean Jan Joseph says declining enrollment in the program means fewer lecturers are needed.   She says EMU is not unique in seeing enrollment for education students dropping. She says it's a trend that most teacher training programs have seen over the past decade or so. College of Education lecturers teach student teachers and place them in area school districts for hands-on training.   Many local districts are boycotting EMU student teachers because of the university's ties to the Education Achievement Authority, but Joseph says there's no connection between the EAA and the layoffs. She says if anyone has data that can draw a line between the two, she'd like to see it. 10 of EMU's 11 full-time lecturers in the College of Education received notices of layoff effective at the end of August.