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in 1855 as an autonomous public institution of higher learning, Michigan
State University is a research-intensive, land-grant university. The
College of Education at MSU has a mission of leadership, scholarship and
service in education; faculty prepare professionals for leadership roles
in education, seek to understand, reform, and improve education, and
examine issues of education across the lifespan.
Teacher Preparation Program
five-year teacher education program combines disciplinary teaching majors
and/or minor concentrations and teaching certification courses followed by
a full-year teaching internship in a public school. This
post-baccalaureate internship year combines classroom experience with 12
credits of graduate coursework. In 19992000, 542 prospective elementary
and secondary teachers completed internships. Students are recommended for
Michigan elementary or secondary teacher certification.
percent of the students admitted to the teacher education program for fall
1999 were traditional undergraduates with 13% admitted as
post-baccalaureate students. Ninety-six percent of the students in the
program are from Michigan and 92% are full-time students. The mean
composite ACT score of students admitted for fall 1999 to the elementary
program was 23, and the mean composite ACT score for those admitted to the
secondary program was 25. Upon admission (fall 1999) the mean overall
grade point average for both elementary and secondary education students
was 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
Application and Admission
be eligible for consideration for admission to the teacher education
program, students must complete an application which includes writing an
essay, must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5, and must
have passed all portions of the Michigans Basic Skills test. These are
among the criteria considered for admissions. Admissions are competitive
and enrollment is limited. Students are typically admitted into the
program at the beginning of their junior year.
Internship Year Admission
Before beginning the internship, students must have (1) completed all teaching major and/or teaching minor(s) as well as all undergraduate teacher certification coursework and university requirements; (2) been awarded the bachelors degree; (3) earned a grade point average of 2.5 or above in each of the following: university overall cumulative grade point average, teaching major, and/or teaching minor(s);
(4) earned a grade point average of 2.5 or above for pre-internship, professional education courses required for teacher certification, with no individual grade below 2.0, (5) completed the technology requirement; (6) passed the required State of Michigan certification tests for elementary teaching or the appropriate major and minor subject area tests for secondary teaching; and (7) met all professional behavior criteria.
is accredited by the North Central Association, and the Michigan
Department of Education Periodic Review has approved the teacher education
program. MSUs College of Education has candidacy status with the
Teacher Education Accreditation Council.
Key Program Features
seven consecutive years, the 2002 U.S.
News and World Report ranking of 182 graduate schools of education
rated MSUs elementary and secondary education programs as the best in
the United States.