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Points of Distinction

Graduate study in the areas of both elementary and secondary education at Michigan State University has ranked No. 1 in the nation for 20 consecutive years, according to the U.S. News & World Report ranking of education graduate programs.

The College of Education ranks 15th overall in the magazine's 2015 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” and 8th among public universities.

A total of eight graduate study areas at MSU are in the top 10:

The U.S. News & World Report ranks doctoral degree-granting graduate education schools across the nation. The rankings are based on measures such as institutional capacity, reputation and research funding.

In addition, the doctoral program in kinesiology at Michigan State University ranks 6th in the nation, according to a report from the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK). The program review accounts for measures of faculty contributions and student performance during the years 2005-2009.

Where We Rank (Top 10)

  • MSU was one of the first institutions to require students to complete a full-year internship in a K-12 school before receiving their teacher certification.
  • MSU was one of six Michigan universities selected to offer the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship, an alternative certification program for prospective science and mathematics teachers who receive a $30,000 stipend. MSU also is one of 27 institutions with teacher preparation graduate programs across the nation selected to participate in the Woodrow Wilson-Rockafeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color.
  • MSU was one of the first four pioneering universities selected to participate in the Teachers for a New Era (TNE) initiative, a landmark effort by the Carnegie Corporation to restructure teacher education and set national standards for excellence.
  • The College of Education has national accreditation from the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), which requires a commitment to continuously assess program effectiveness.
  • Nearly 300 students have enrolled in the Urban Educators Cohort Program, which involves special course sections and experiences – starting freshman year – to help them prepare exclusively for teaching careers in high-need urban schools.
  • Incoming freshman also may participate in the Global Educators Cohort Program, designed specifically to prepare teachers committed to educating global citizens and working in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms, International Baccalaureate programs, or classrooms abroad.
  • Based on the College of Education’s efforts to recruit promising future teachers while they are still in high school, the number of Detroit Public Schools graduates pursuing teacher preparation at MSU has more than tripled since 2003.
  • MSU initiated a partnership involving Southwest University in Chongqing, China, University of Washington and University of Delaware that supports annual study and exchange trips for doctoral students from each institution.
  • The College of Education was one of the first to offer an online master's degree program in education. Six of its master's programs are now offered completely online, and the Ph.D. program in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology is offered in a hybrid (online and face-to-face) format.
  • College of Education faculty members serve as investigators on funded research projects valued at more than $16 million each year.
  • Michigan State University is the national and international headquarters for the Teacher Education Study in Mathematics (TEDS-M), a collaborative worldwide effort to study the mathematics preparation of future primary and secondary teachers.
  • College of Education faculty members support the work of the Institute for Research on Mathematics and Science Education, which conducts research related to the most pressing national and international challenges in mathematics and science teaching, at both the K-12 and college levels. The institute is a joint initiative of the College of Education and College of Natural Science at Michigan State University.
  • MSU is home to one of the nation’s largest literacy research centers, the Literacy Achievement Research Center (LARC), with more than 25 researchers and 45 research assistants studying dozens of multidisciplinary topics.
  • Faculty in the Department of Kinesiology address problems related to childhood obesity through research on physical activity, sports, behaviors and genetics. Efforts include a National Institutes of Health-funded study on the use of accelerometers, the nationally-known Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, and projects exploring the benefits of exercise-based video games.
  • Three College of Education faculty members have been inducted into the National Academy of Education, a society honoring distinguished scholars for pioneering efforts in educational research and policy development.
  • College of Education faculty members lead major national organizations, such as the International Reading Association (Patricia A. Edwards). They also edit major research journals, including the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (Angela Calabrese Barton).
  • Sixty school districts and 300,000 students have participated in the $35 million PROM/SE (Promoting Rigorous Outcomes in Mathematics and Science Education) project led by faculty from the colleges of Education and Natural Science.
  • The College of Education's Office of K-12 Outreach is a primary source of professional development, as part of Michigan's Statewide System of Support, for educators from schools that fail to meet certain expectations under the No Child Left Behind law or those that have sought out additional support in their school improvement efforts. K-12 Outreach also provides training for all Title-I funded types of educational coaches in Michigan.
  • The Detroit-based Skillman Foundation partners with the College of Education, which has shared research-based best practices in support of the foundation’s efforts to improve schools across the city.
  • The state of Michigan requires educators from schools that fail to meet certain expectations under the No Child Left Behind law to attend a long-term professional development program that is designed and operated by the College of Education: the Michigan Principals Fellowship and Coaches Institute.
  • Leaders in the College of Education established MSU as the first U.S. hub for iNet, the International Networking for Educational Transformation, which links more than 5,000 schools in 40 countries with online and face-to-face resources such as forums, workshops, and study tours.
  • The Confucius Institute at MSU (CI-MSU) has been named a Confucius Institute of the Year among peers worldwide three times by Chinese Language Council International (or Hanban) for providing exemplary opportunities to learn Chinese language and culture. CI-MSU also was the first Confucius Institute to offer online Chinese language courses.
  • MSU has assisted in opening nine Chinese-English language immersion programs that blend Eastern and Western teaching styles, including locations across Michigan and a school Beijing, China. The programs are based on a model developed by the U.S.-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.