Emerging Educators Program

Emerging Educators at Wayne State University College of Education LogoProgram overview

The Emerging Educators Program is a collaborative partnership originally conceived by University Prep Academy High School, Detroit, and Wayne State University's (WSU) College of Education. It has since extended to additional PK-12 school districts.

The purpose of The Emerging Educators Program is to identify and cultivate high school students who are interested in becoming student centered educators, launch their college careers prior to graduating high school.

Student profile

  • We are currently recruiting rising sophomores and juniors who are self-starters with strong organizational and leadership skills. 
  • Rising seniors will be considered for partial programming spanning one academic year. 
  • GPA of 3.0 is required for dual enrollment. 

Program information

  • Access to funding opportunities to attend WSU 
  • Earn up to 12 credit hours prior to high school graduation 
  • Learn teaching techniques and get classroom experiences 
  • Work with a teacher mentor (WSU graduate)
  • Participate in annual conference to connect aspiring, current educators, and present senior capstone projects
  • Compete for and engage in Project MITTEN program  
  • Compete for and engage in applied research and a paid six-week summer internship opportunity through YOUExplore 
  • Engage with WSU's student and alumni organizations 

Students and families programming

  • Student and parent/guardian orientation + launch dinner  
  • WSU and College of Education campus visit  
  • Onsite FAFSA application support workshop for families 
  • Onsite WSU application workshop 
  • Access to one-on-one meeting with a WSU academic advisor