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Spartan Educators Prepare the Next Generation for Success

Strong teachers are the single most important factor in a student's ability to succeed in school, according to multiple studies reported by the U.S. Department of Education.

Michigan State University's College of Education has established a reputation for excellence and visionary thinking in its efforts to improve teaching and learning across our nation and world. With top-ranked programs and a full-year internship requirement for all teaching students, the college prepares Spartan educators ready to lead classrooms and help students from all backgrounds achieve their full potential.

Continuing A Legacy of Excellence

For more than 100 years, the College of Education has been preparing educators, scholars, scientists, and leaders.

The college’s teacher preparation program, nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, focuses on developing teachers with deep content knowledge and the most innovative and effective methods for classroom teaching. Many Spartan educators also gain specialized skills for teaching in high-needs settings, including internationally diverse classrooms and under-resourced urban communities.

A classroom in Detroit
Graduate programs in elementary and secondary education rank No. 1 for 22 years straight

Preparing Confident
Leaders

MSU is the only university in Michigan and one of a handful across the nation that require all teacher candidates to complete a full academic-year internship in a K-12 school before receiving their teacher certification.

Interns gather experience and gradually take the lead in their classrooms, receiving a high level of support from mentor teachers, instructors, and peers. Field experiences are offered in nearly 200 schools, including rural, suburban, and urban locations such as Detroit and Chicago. Future teachers also can participate in study abroad programs to China, Japan, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, and more.

Recent graduate Cassandra Johnston in her high school classroom
"The amount I've grown is incredible as far as class dynamics, how I manage the kids, how we work together, building that classroom environment, and building relationships with the students," says Cassandra Johnston, a recent graduate specializing in high school Spanish. "Once you get here, you get to put it in practice and you get to see what works and what doesn't work and figure yourself out and your teacher identity."
MSU teaching students gain 1,150 hours of field experience

Answering the
Call Nationwide

More than 94 percent of students who complete MSU's teacher preparation program get jobs in teaching, with three-quarters employed in the Midwest, and most receive at least two job offers.

Spartan teaching graduates are heavily recruited nationwide

What recruiters say about Spartan educators:

“How are you this good on your first day as a teacher?”

“They are extremely well-prepared. They’re able to use data effectively, have very strategic and intentional focus when it comes to instruction and curriculum, but we also find that they’re able to build strong relationships with students.”

“What we love about them is their work ethic.”

“They're not like new teachers. They are so prepared. They have a different level of maturity and confidence that I just think really stands out.”

230 schools and districts nationwide recruit teachers from MSU
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