In the Michigan State University College of Education, teachers are prepared to lead. Spartan educators are justice-oriented professionals who are ready to teach on Day 1. Over the course of the Teacher Preparation Program, you will gain many hours of classroom experience, including a full-school year teaching internship that sets Spartan teachers apart.
The College of Education is in the process of moving to a four-year program. Changes are being implemented across the website, but it may take some time before all changes are complete. For the most up-to-date information on this transition and how it may impact you, please speak with your academic advisor.
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.
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 (video).
In a survey to lead administrators of MI school buildings where new teachers are working, MSU graduates out-performed the statewide averages in every category.
Specializing in Urban and Global Education
Leading the field
MSU has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education for 29 consecutive years, according to U.S. News & World Report.
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), and research that will change the way we teach teachers.
Success in the job market
OF OUR GRADS GET JOBS IN TEACHING (2021)
AVERAGE NUMBER OF JOB OFFERS
AVERAGE salary for 2021 grads was 10% higher than previous 3 years
of our grads get teaching jobs in michigan
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.
Teacher preparation, By the numbers
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
HOURS OF FIELD EXPERIENCE
IN ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIPS
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.