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Becoming an Elementary Education Teacher

The Elementary Teacher Preparation Program at Michigan State University is a five-year program with an emphasis on preparing professional elementary teachers. We have been ranked No. 1 in the nation for elementary (and secondary) education for 28 consecutive years (U.S. News & World Report). The No. 1 ranking reflects our commitment to developing and mentoring excellent teaching practices. It also reflects our outstanding reputation with superintendents, principals, teachers and educators not only in Michigan, but around the globe. The reason for this reputation is simple: MSU’s College of Education develops teacher leaders.

You will gain knowledge and skills to teach all subjects in pre-kindergarten through third grade (PK-3) or third grade through sixth grade (3-6) and in an additional endorsement area (TESOL, Special Education, or Birth-K). Key elements of the program include a strong foundation in all content areas plus additional depth in your endorsement area, courses on the most effective teaching practices with a focus on supporting equity and social justice, and a full-year, guided teaching internship in a public school after completing the bachelor’s degree.

What is the program like during COVID-19? Hear from current students!

Commitment to excellence

We believe in excellence. We believe that strong teaching habits require practice, time, and coaching. Thus, the Elementary Teacher Preparation Program is a planned program that includes the successful completion of at least 30 credits within the Elementary Teacher Preparation Program. The classes that you take as part of the
program include practical field experiences that allow you to use what you learn in the college classroom and apply it in a school or community setting—sometimes even the very next day! Finally, the program includes the option of 9 credits of graduate-level course work during your bachelor’s degree and continued graduate-level course work during a fifth-year to help you deepen your skill in teaching all students and to help you further connect theory with actual teaching practice.

First-class Internships

The internship phase of MSU’s Elementary Teacher Preparation Program is universally recognized as unparalleled and first-class. We have placed interns in school districts all over the Lansing, Detroit Metropolitan and Grand Rapids areas. Furthermore, MSU has developed strong relationships with schools in Chicago. With so many internship placements and possibilities, we strive to place our interns in schools and locations which are tailored to their strengths and desire to grow into their teaching profession.