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Key Offices & Programs

Education Policy Center

Established in 2000 by the Michigan State University Board of Trustees, the Education Policy Center (EPC) serves the state and the nation by providing research findings on key education policy issues, reliable education data end expert, non-partisan testimony. Additionally, the EPC works to improve the quality of education for all students across the state and nation through their outreach efforts.

The EPC is directed by University Distinguished Professor William Schmidt, and works closely with the Office of K-12 Outreach.

Office of K-12 Outreach

As part of Michigan State University's land-grant mission, the Office of K-12 Outreach in the College of Education has a long-standing commitment to outreach and service. The office focuses on empowering educators, administrators and policymakers through leadership development, educational coaching on-site in schools and data services and support that can be customized to district needs.

Barbara Markle serves as the assistant dean for the Office of K-12 Outreach, helping the office emphasize community and capacity building.

Office of International Studies in Education

Education in global contexts is one of the main missions of the Office of International Studies in Education (OISE). Led by Assistant Dean Lynn Paine, the office helps promote the academic cultures and understandings of K-12 and post-secondary institutions, policies, practices and cultures around the world.

The office also has many outreach efforts and programs, aimed to enable students, educators and researchers to better meet the economic, environmental, social and political challenges of our time. Two of the main programs for OISE include the Global Educators Cohort Program, a specialized teacher preparation program focused on global and international perspectives, and the Fellowship for Global Understanding, a study abroad trip that immerses students into the academics and culture of another nation.

Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute at Michigan State University aims to address the ever-increasing demand for Chinese language and culture education in the United States through innovative uses of technology. Among its many activities, the Confucious Institute teaches online Chinese language courses for K-12 students and adults, trains Chinese language teachers and conducts research. The institute is directed by Lynn Paine.

Equity Outreach Initiatives

Equity Outreach Initiatives (EOI) at Michigan State University aims to increase individuals’ and organizations’ capacity to implement equitable policies, procedures, and classroom and organizational practices. Directed by Assistant Dean Dorinda Carter Andrews, EOI provides professional education led by MSU experts who have in-depth experience centering issues of culture, power, and privilege through research-informed practice.

Urban Immersion Fellowship

This unique program places MSU College of Education students in a summer fellowship in the city of Detroit, Mich. Students work with Detroit Schools Summer School Programming or a Detroit-based non-profit community entity as they service children, youth and families in Detroit.

The Urban Immersion Fellowship, directed by Assistant Dean Sonya Gunnings-Moton, is designed to develop highly effective urban educators and leaders, allowing students to teach in urban settings and participate in weekly workshops.

Summer High School Scholars Program

Every summer, many students from urban school districts come to Michigan State University to participate in the Summer High School Scholars Program. The college-preparation experience, directed by Sonya Gunnings-Moton, includes living in dormitories, taking practice ACT tests and developing skills for writing, studying and using technology. MSU College of Education students serve as counselors, helping participants to learn about issues of social justice and what it takes to achieve their dreams, particularly in the kinesiology or education fields. The program is heralded as a "jumpstart for the future," and is for students in grade 9-11 in a partnering urban school.

MSU Detroit Center

The MSU Detroit Center, 3408 Woodward Avenue, was established in 2010 when the College of Education re-affirmed its long-standing commitment to improving educational outcomes in the city of Detroit, Mich., by establishing a local office. The MSU Detroit Center includes classroom space for MSU teaching interns and a range of educational outreach activities in Southeast Michigan.

Launch Into Teaching

Michigan State University's Launch Into Teaching supports teacher development in all career phases and helps impact student learning in high poverty school districts. Established in 2005, Launch Into Teaching is a program of support that includes beginning teacher mentors, instructional coaches and administrators, online learning modules and more.