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Teacher Preparation Program


In the Michigan State University College of Education, teachers are prepared to lead. As a Spartan teacher, you will master not only your content areas but the most recent research-based knowledge of instruction and curriculum. Over the course of the Teacher Preparation Program, you will gain more than 1,000 hours of classroom experience, including a full-school year teaching internship that sets Spartan teachers apart.

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Improving the Future, as a Spartan

The world needs more great teachers. MSU prepares teachers willing to keep learning, meet the needs of each student and improve the future through every lesson they teach.

Specialized Areas of Study

You can choose elementary, secondary or special education. Whomever they teach, Spartan teachers recognize the need to improve education for all learners. By enrolling in one of two cohort programs, you can also gain specialized skills for teaching in particularly high-need settings, such as internationally diverse classrooms and those in under-resourced urban communities. Cohort members begin working together as a close-knit community from day one of freshmen year.

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Schools Hire Spartans

Every year, 200 or more schools and districts from across the nation come to MSU to recruit our graduates. Hear why they put Spartans at the top of their list.

Specializing in Urban and Global Education

Leading the Field

Stellar reputation

MSU has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education for 25 consecutive years, according to U.S. News & World Report.

More Experience

Unlike most places, MSU helps students grow as teaching interns for a full school year. Spartan teachers stand out because they have already proven themselves in the classroom.

Driven by Research

Faculty members conduct and publish cutting-edge research (that students can assist with). Currently, MSU is home to the top journal in the field, the Journal of Teacher Education.

Alumni Advice & Guidance

Gain insight from Spartan educators on what inspires them about teaching today, including how their experiences in cohorts, on study abroad and throughout their internships are still resonating in their lives and careers. Hear from alumni across the country who are working in and out of the classroom.

Success in the Job Market

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The Full-year Internship

Spartan teachers experience the realities of an entire school year during the internship. They gradually take the lead in their classroom and receive support from mentor teachers and instructors while earning 12 graduate-level credits.

Teacher Preparation, By the Numbers

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