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Teacher Education

The Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University is a vibrant, diverse community of students and faculty members interested in studying issues of teaching, learning and learning to teach in elementary and secondary classrooms.

Excellence and Diversity

The department is known for its commitment to contribute knowledge through research, prepare outstanding teachers and collaborate with schools and communities to improve practice. The faculty has a wide array of interests and expertise, such as mathematics and science education, literacy, curriculum, assessment, teaching and learning in urban settings, race, culture and equity, critical theory, civic education, English language learners and educational policy.

Innovative Programs

The department offers an innovative and highly regarded Teacher Preparation Program, which includes a year-long internship in a school to prepare our students to be ready on day one of entering their own classroom. An education minor for undergraduates in other majors is also available. The completely online Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum (MATC) helps educators of all experience levels grow their career with a flexible course of study tailored to their interests. The Ph.D. program in Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education prepares students to become scholars and leaders in the domains of curriculum, instruction, teaching, teacher education and educational policy.

Points of Distinction


Top Rankings

Michigan State University ranks No. 1 in the United States for elementary and secondary education.


Renowned Researchers

MSU has a history of transforming the study of teachers and teacher education and this tradition continues today.


Teacher leaders

The MSU Teacher Preparation Program includes rigorous coursework in content and pedagogy, followed by a full-year teaching internship.

Our Faculty

million in research funding
have worked as K-12 teachers
published books on teaching and teacher education
faculty aS editors/ associate editors, Journal of Teacher Education

They are extremely well prepared, able to use data effectively and very strategic when it comes to instruction and curriculum. But we also find they are able to build strong relationships with students. It's that combination of skills that we enjoy most about our Michigan State teachers.

Sherri Morris

Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, North Carolina

Get Your Master's Online

Teachers from all over the world and all grade levels enhance their practice by completing the Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum (MATC).

Student to Faculty Ratio
Credit Program
Studies Focusing on all Grade Levels

A World of Opportunity

Get funded

Doctoral students in the department receive full funding for up to five years, which includes opportunities for assistantships, fellowships, study abroad, conferences, scholarships and more.

Go abroad

Each year, doctoral students experience sponsored international study trips. Destinations include Indonesia, China, the Netherlands, Cuba and more.


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Department of Teacher Education
620 Farm Lane, 313 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Phone: (517) 353-5091
Fax: (517) 432-5092