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Graduate study in the areas of both elementary and secondary education at Michigan State University have been ranked No. 1 in the nation for 21 consecutive years, according to the U.S. News & World Report ranking of education graduate programs.

The College of Education ranks 13th overall in the magazine's 2016 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” and 6th among public universities.

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

In addition, the educational policy program was ranked as #11 in the nation, and the special education program was ranked #12.

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)

Teacher preparation and academics
  • Michigan State University is the only university in Michigan and one of few across the nation to require all teacher candidates to complete a full academic-year internship in a K-12 school before receiving their teacher certification.
  • MSU currently offers two post-baccalaureate certification programs focused on preparing mathematics and science teachers for positions in high-need schools: the MSU SETS-UP Fellowship (Supporting Early Career Teachers of Science through Urban Partnerships), and
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    the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship.
  • All doctoral students in the College of Education have the opportunity to participate in the Fellowship to Enhance Global Understanding, a faculty-led international study trip with most expenses paid by the college.
  • The Urban Educators Cohort Program prepares students exclusively for teaching careers in high-need urban schools through special course sections and experiences starting their freshman year.
  • The Global Educators Cohort Program, which also starts freshman year, is designed to prepare teachers committed to educating global citizens and working in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms.
  • 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.
  • The College of Education has national accreditation from the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), which requires a commitment to continuously assess program effectiveness.
  • MSU was one of the first 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.
  • College of Education faculty members serve as investigators on funded research projects valued at more than $20 million each year.
  • The CREATE for STEM Institute is a hub for innovation and collaboration among researchers committed to improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education from grades K-16. CREATE for STEM is a joint endeavor of the colleges of Education and Natural Science at MSU.
  • Professor of rehabilitation counseling Michael Leahy leads DOCTRID, an international consortium of universities working to create life-changing solutions for individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities. In addition, several College of Education faculty members are affiliated with the university's interdisciplinary Research in Autism, Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (RAIND) initiative.
  • Five current and former 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 often lead major national organizations, such as the American Educational Research Association (Barbara Schneider, president 2013-14) and the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (Alan Smith, current president). They also edit major research journals, including the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (Angela Calabrese Barton and Joseph Krajcik).
  • The Department of Kinesiology is uniquely focused on pediatric issues of physical activity, sports and health behaviors. Major research efforts include the nationally-known Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, a $1.2 million project to help keep astronauts motivated to exercise funded by NASA, a lab examining the impact of exercise on cognitive functions, a longitudinal study on the use of accelerometers and ongoing projects exploring the benefits of exercise-based video games.
  • Four current professors have been inducted into the National Academy of Kinesiology.
  • Michigan State University researchers led the first-ever international study of mathematics teacher preparation, the Teacher Education Study in Mathematics (TEDS-M), which generated data from 17 countries.
  • Sixty school districts and 300,000 students participated in the $35 million PROM/SE (Promoting Rigorous Outcomes in Mathematics and Science Education) project, which was led by faculty at MSU.
  • The College of Education's Office of K-12 Outreach is a primary source of professional development for educators across Michigan in support of school improvement efforts. Along with offering events and in-school consultation, the office provides useful tools and information through the MI Toolkit website.
  • 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 of Detroit.
  • Michigan State University was the only American institution selected as a partner in developing Azim Premji University, India's only university focused on education.
  • More than 100 teachers in Chicago and other urban areas are expected to participate in a fellowship focused on training leaders among STEM teachers. The program is funded by a $2.8 million grant from global tech company Wipro Ltd.
  • 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.
  • 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.