Published: Nov. 20, 2012

MSU College of Education boosts offerings in Detroit

Contact(s): Nicole Geary Education office: (517) 355-1826 ngeary@msu.edu

Michigan State University will offer the Master of Arts in K-12 Educational Administration in downtown Detroit for the first time starting in fall 2013. Classes will be held at the MSU Detroit Center, 3408 Woodward Ave., providing a convenient location for local educators who are aspiring to leadership positions in schools.

The program also exists on the main campus in East Lansing and at Seaholm High School in Birmingham. The Detroit-based program will include the same course requirements (30 credits total) but will focus on issues of particular importance for leaders in urban schools. This includes strategies for dealing with high-stakes accountability in low-performing schools, creating change in a large district, implementing and leading dropout prevention efforts and working with specific populations of students who are enrolled in urban schools.

Courses will meet in the evenings at the Detroit Center or in hybrid formats that integrate face-to-face and online sessions. Most students complete the MA in two to three years while working full time. The Administrator Certificate - now required in Michigan - is also available for those who already have their master's degree.

MSU's educational administration programs are ranked fifth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. All classes are taught by full-time faculty members who help students understand theories of leadership and gain the concrete skills needed to improve instruction, address achievement gaps and create productive, positive school environments. All students complete an internship, in which they implement a project or initiative in their current place of work.

For more information, visit the program website or call (517) 353-8480.

Chris Dunbar, professor of educational administration, teaches a graduate class in the College of Education. Photo by Anthony Cepak/MSU College of Education

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