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Departments

The Michigan State University College of Education is made up of four departments:

Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education

The faculty in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education studies all aspects of the educational process including human learning and development, education for special populations, the impact of disability and the rehabilitation counseling process, the use of technology to enhance education, the way that tests are constructed and used in the educational process, and research methods for studying the functioning of educational institutions.

Academic program areas include educational psychology; educational technology; measurement and quantitative methods; rehabilitation counseling; school psychology; and special education.

Chairperson Richard Prawat
(517) 353-6417

Department of Educational Administration

The Department of Educational Administration prepares future educational leaders to meet the needs of diverse learners in a variety of educational settings, including public and higher education, research and policy centers, district and system-level administration, and other learning environments.

Academic programs include: higher, adult, and lifelong education; student affairs administration; and elementary and secondary (K-12) educational administration.

Chairperson Marilyn Amey
(517) 432-1056

Department of Kinesiology

The faculty in the Department of Kinesiology is committed to the concept that physical activity is inextricably linked to the biological, psychological and social well-being of children and youth.

Academic program or specialization areas include athletic training, biomechanics, coaching, exercise physiology, growth and motor development, the psychosocial aspects of sport and physical activity, sports administration and student-athlete development.

Chairperson Alan L. Smith
(517) 355-4731

Department of Teacher Education

The Department of Teacher Education focuses on issues of teaching, learning and learning to teach in elementary and secondary classrooms. The faculty has a wide array of interests ranging from teaching and learning in urban settings to teacher preparation, from the history of education to critical theory, from connections between education policy and practice to civic education.

The department sponsors an education minor for undergraduates, as well as an innovative and highly regarded teacher education program which includes a year-long internship in a school. The MA program is highly flexible and allows students to develop specialized courses of study, which can be taken online. The Ph.D. program includes foci on curriculum and instruction in academic areas (mathematics education, science education, literacy/English education, or social studies/history education); teacher preparation and teacher learning; and educational policy and social analysis.  

Chairperson Margaret Crocco
(517) 884-1389