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.
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.
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.