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Alternative Credentials

MSU’s College of Education has an unparalleled reputation for excellence and visionary thinking in its efforts to improve teaching, learning, physical activity and sport across our nation and around the world. We continually strive to offer innovative, dynamic programs.

Alternative and non-degree credentials will provide flexible, focused opportunities for education and kinesiology professionals to enhance their skillsets and expand their practices. These new programs will allow more learners to engage with the renowned expertise of our college: online, on campus and through dynamic hybrid learning opportunities.

Designed to meet the unique needs of working professionals, alternative credentials will be adaptable, timely and accessible to students around the world. Led by Academic & Student Affairs, this project is currently in development as an interdisciplinary initiative across the college’s four departments: Educational Administration; Teacher Education; Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education; and Kinesiology.

Points of Distinction

Enhance Your Practice

Alternative credentials allow students to enhance their skillsets in specific areas of interest on a shorter timeframe than traditional degree programs.

Renowned Faculty

Our programs will be created and supported by faculty and staff who are recognized for their research, teaching and service at national and international levels.


Michigan State University has been preparing educators for over 100 years. Innovative teacher education programs, outstanding faculty, relationships with practicing educators and strong research opportunities make the College of Education a dynamic place for learning to teach and to contribute to the fields of education and kinesiology. The college is proud to claim more than 60,000 alumni, each touching lives in their own way around the world.

From the nation’s No.1-ranked programs in elementary and secondary education to interdisciplinary research in kinesiology, the college’s achievements showcase our capacity for excellence, innovation and collaboration.

Erickson Hall depicted in springtime


The College of Education’s Alternative Credential initiative is currently under development. Join our project mailing list to receive news and updates as they become available.