Interaction in Practice
The Teacher Education Department includes faculty, students, and staff with a broad array of interests: social justice and globalization, teaching and learning, teacher education and professional development, critical pedagogy, mathematics and literacy, science and social studies. Faculty and students come from different backgrounds: sociology, psychology, anthropology. Because Michigan State University is a world grant institution, our obligations are also many: to serve local schools and educators, to do high quality research, to development curriculum and policy materials, to teach well.
Many large organizations make their work more intimate and meaningful by creating smaller communities within the larger collective. We take a similar approach, and thus there are many overlapping communities within our Department. Some of these communities focus on particular research projects, like the Environmental Literacy project or the Literacy Achievement Research Center. Other groups share an interest in specific curricular domains, including mathematics, science, and social studies/history. Some groups pursue interests in social justice, including the Urban Educator Cohort Program and the GLBT Safe Schools. We also have student groups like the Read to Succeed and Kappa Delta Pi. These communities all welcome new members and are constantly changing.
Research Projects and Centers
Learn more about our Research Projects and Centers
We believe teaching and research go hand in hand. Over the decades, the college has been home to major research centers and institutes that have led to new understandings of teachers, teaching and student learning. This is why we promote and value various research projects and centers within our department. Faculty, staff, and students work hard to improve teaching through research. Our research and centers make the Department of Education a dynamic place to study education.
In our department, we encourage students and faculty to pursue their passions and interests when it comes to the field of education. We give space for interest groups to develop and encourage active participation in these groups.
GLBT Safe Schools
Visit the LGBTQA+ website
The Career Services is a campus resource that is working to promote a safe school community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (LGBTQ) students, faculty, staff and families. We have several areas of concern including:
- Creating a safe environment within the MSU College of Education for all students, faculty and staff.
- Educating and supporting MSU undergraduate students and interns so they are prepared to support LGBTQ students, families and colleagues in the K-12 setting.
- Supporting MSU undergraduate students and interns who have concerns about addressing their sexual orientation as they enter K-12 classrooms as part of a field placement or beyond.
- Raising awareness of LGBTQ issues in MSU’s College of Education.
We work to address these concerns through several means: providing speakers and resources, connecting to other LGBTQ organizations at MSU and in K-12 schools, and sponsoring support groups for interns, undergraduate and graduate students. We hold biweekly brownbag meetings, which are open to anyone who is interested. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Global Educators Cohort Programs
Visit the Global Educators Cohort Program website
To meet the challenge of preparing future educators for personal and professional success in the global context of the 21st Century, the College of Education at Michigan State University has launched The Global Educators Cohort Program (GECP). The GECP is a specialized teacher preparation program focused on global and international perspectives. Cohort participants enjoy all the benefits of a nationally ranked teacher preparation program but also have the opportunity to study, socialize, and engage in hands-on, practical learning activities with a small group of fellow students. GECP students enjoy many advantages, such as individualized mentorship by faculty, practicing teachers, and administrators with expertise and experience in global and international education; opportunities to participate in special seminars, undergraduate research opportunities, and special, smaller, faculty-led, course sections designed specifically for members of GECP.
Urban Educators Cohort Program
Visit the Urban Educators Cohort Program website
The Urban Educators Cohort Program is special program for those with an interest in urban education at the elementary or secondary level. The program focuses on preparing future teachers to meet the unique demands of urban education. Likewise, the program addresses the “culturally-responsive” knowledge and skills that teachers must be equipped to teach in an urban setting. Students who are interested in areas of high need such as mathematics, science, English as a second language, and special education at both the elementary and secondary levels are especially encouraged to apply.
Learn more about our Student Organizations
Students in our teacher education department are future leaders. Our goal is to give students the opportunity to take part in organizations that are based around their interests. We believe that this will help foster their development as a professional educator.
Become a Leader, Get Involved!
Many of your learning experiences happen outside the classroom through involvement in student government, clubs and volunteer experiences. In the Department of Teacher Education, we value these experiences and therefore offer many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to become involved in various student organizations. These experiences not only add to your learning here at MSU but can also add professional development for your teaching career.
Epsilon Kappa Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi
Visit the Kappa Delta Pi website
Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society of, about, and for educators. Invitation to membership is based on high academic achievement, a commitment to education as a career, and a professional attitude that assures steady growth in the profession. Undergraduate, Post Baccalaureate, and Graduate students with cumulative grade point averages of 3.5, 3.75 and 3.85 respectively, are invited to join. Monthly speakers and chapter service projects foster professional development among members.
Visit the Student Michigan Education Association Website
Student Michigan Education Association (SMEA) SMEA is a pre-professional organization that provides community service and professional development opportunities to Education students. SMEA is the student chapter of the Michigan Education Association (MEA) and the National Education Association (NEA). If you would like to gain more knowledge of the education field, and have more experience working with children, SMEA is the organization for you! Contact email@example.com or visit the website for more information.
Are you interested in working with kids? Friendshop is an after-school enrichment program at local elementary schools run entirely by MSU students. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Council For Exceptional Children
Student Council For Exceptional Children This group is a student chapter of the National Council for Exceptional Children. The group promotes awareness of exceptional children through discussion and service. For more information contact the faculty advisor of SCEC, Edna Felmlee (email@example.com).
Tomorrow’s Educators for the Advancement of Multiculturalism. This student organization is an opportunity for those interested in teaching to promote diversity, both within and outside the classroom, through academic and civic engagement.
MSU Student Literacy Corps
Visit the Student Literacy Corps website
This student-run organization is an active element of the Capital Area Literacy Coalition (CALC). Drawing its members from all academic classes and departments at Michigan State University, the Student Literacy Corps assists in the coalition’s operation from tutoring and office work to publicity to planning fund-raising events.
Learn more about our Service Learning
The Department of Teacher Education at MSU values service learning. We see service learning as an opportunity to better understand children, schools, and communities. Service learning allows our students to develop the ability to work within and across a range of community and professional contexts.
Learning Through Service
The Department of Teacher Education at MSU values service learning. We see service learning as an opportunity to better understand children, schools, and communities. This type of learning is one important aspect of our teacher preparation program and many courses require students to complete various hours of service learning in diverse environments (e.g., tutoring programs in schools, community refugee center). Not only does service learning give back to the local and state communities that support our teacher education students and program, but it is also a time for students to familiarize themselves with diverse communities around campus. Service learning allows our students to develop the ability to work within and across a range of community and professional contexts.
Service Learning Center
This office on campus, located in the Student Services Building, has lists of volunteer opportunities appropriate for education majors. Volunteer placements are in classrooms with youth groups and with tutoring programs. This is a great way to get experience with learners!
Read to Succeed/MSU Student Literacy Corps:
Contact: Pat Williams
420-1849 or 517-485-4949
Visit 347 Erickson Hall
Read to Succeed program
East Lansing Public Schools
Tutoring grades 9-12
Lansing Public Schools
After School volunteers K-12
The Specialization in Health Promotion
This specialization is designed to assist students in understanding health issues that will serve as a basis for personal and professional growth and positive lifestyle changes. For more information see Jo Hartwell in 134 Erickson Hall.
The Specialization in Coaching
This specialization is designed to provide students with knowledge, skills, and experiences that will enable them to coach effectively and safely in school, community-youth, and adult sports programs. For more information see Jo Hartwell in 134 Erickson Hall.
Refugee Development Center
The greater Lansing area is home to a large population of refugees from all corners of the world. Many of these individuals have suffered grave injustices and lived in places where they had little to no control over their lives. They have lost family, friends, homes and entire communities to greed.