There are several special characteristics of the EMG program. For example, students complete as many as 60 hours of field experience before the practicum/internship semester. Students are encouraged to use the Curriculum Materials Library in the Watson College of Education to access resources during their field experiences, their internship semester, and their first years of teaching.
The EMG program has a high percentage of non-traditional aged, adult learners. In order to accommodate the work schedules of these learners (a number of whom are lateral entry teachers), classes are scheduled in the late afternoons and early evenings. Combined field experiences are arranged so that the candidate enrolled in methods courses during any one semester can complete all hours required without undue difficulty.
A particular strength of the EMG program is the infusion of technology in all courses. For example, EDN 318 (Middle School Programs and Practices) is taught in an online environment, requiring students to develop expertise in the use of a web-based tool for instruction and assessment. In EDN 323 (Teaching Mathematics in the Middle Grades, 6-9) students are required to use graphing calculators in their course work. In EDN 338 (The Teaching of Science, 6-9) students utilize Vernier probeware in their field experience work with young adolescents, while in EDN 352 (Developing Reading Competence in the Middle Grades) students create a webquest in cross-curricular teams of four. All EMG candidates maintain an active TaskStream (web-based toolset) account which can be used for unit and lesson planning and establishment of an electronic portfolio.