College of Education

College of Education
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College of Education


Supporting a Community of Learners

At Michigan State University, we are working to improve education statewide—and right here in Detroit. Urban education is a priority of the College of Education, with the MSU Detroit Center serving as a hub for the work college faculty, staff and students are doing.

The faculty and staff of the highly-ranked College of Education are deeply involved in several ongoing initiatives to improve public education throughout the Detroit area, including:

  • Student interns enrolled in the teacher preparation program placed throughout Detroit schools
  • A four-week on-campus residential summer program for the city’s high school students
  • Support for networks of educators and parents in the city’s core neighborhoods
  • Improved educational opportunities through Excellent Schools Detroit, the Detroit Parent Network and other organizations whose work supports the city’s educational system

MSU plans to continually increase engagement with school and city leaders, which allows for a coordination of efforts—ultimately bringing lasting change to the students of Detroit schools.



Making a Difference in Detroit Schools

Each year, MSU makes approximately 35 teaching intern placements in Detroit schools, which includes eight districts in the metropolitan Detroit area. Secondary interns are placed within multiple districts as well, and attend their classes in East Lansing. The college also offers two to three conferences for specifically for mentor teachers during the year at MSU Detroit Center.


Urban Educators Cohort Program

Teaching in the nation’s urban schools requires a certain set of skills and perspectives—not to mention commitment. At MSU, it begins with a passionate group of freshmen and sophomores involved with the Urban Educators Cohort Program. Cohort members move through their first two years, experiencing real urban classrooms and taking specialized education courses as a cohesive community of learners. They study issues associated with urban education such as socio-cultural awareness of urban contexts and how structures of power, privilege and poverty play out in schools.


The Summer High School Scholars Program

This four-week residential opportunity on MSU’s East Lansing campus is for students entering their sophomore, junior or senior years. Participants of the Summer High School Scholars Program learn about college preparation and in-depth academic skill development, all with a focus on a career in education. This program has increased college readiness, interest and attendance for many young Detroiters since 2004.


            Urban Immersion Fellowship

A paid, seven-week summer fellowship opportunity that places future educators in the heart of Detroit, where they work with Detroit Schools Summer Programming or a Detroit-based non-profit community entity serving children, youth and families. The in-depth exposure to the City of Detroit and its community resources immerses students in the community—all designed to develop highly-effective urban educators and leaders.


Multiple Program Offerings

MSU’s College of Education is involved and invested in the challenges and opportunities of urban education on multiple fronts.

From analyses of educational policies and research on teaching and learning, to redefining educator preparation and in-service professional development, our college continues to have a positive impact on Detroit through the implementation of multiple program offerings. These include:


Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship

The Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship is a 16-month fellowship, which culminates in both a master’s degree and a teaching certificate. The unique fellowship focuses on preparing educators for careers in urban settings where science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers are in especially high demand. Fellows are involved in extensive immersion field experiences in Detroit Public Schools.


            Masters of Arts in K-12 Educational Administration

MSU’s College of Education offers the Master of Arts in K-12 Educational Administration at the MSU Detroit Center. This 30-credit degree program develops school-level leadership for powerful and equitable teaching and learning with an urban focus—to ensure students meet the state standards for leadership preparation. Most students complete the program in 2-3 years while working.


Urban Education Graduate Certificate

In response to the critical need to prepare highly effective urban educators, this program offers graduate students in the College of Education an opportunity to study issues of urban education in greater depth. The Urban Education Graduate Certificate program is an interdepartmental sequence of courses primarily for doctoral students who have a particular interest in teaching and conducting research within the contexts of urban communities.



MSU’s Office of K-12 Outreach provides direct support to educators in Michigan and nationally. Keeping a relentless focus on student achievement, K-12 Outreach offers practical and policy advice to educators, legislative bodies, agencies, associations and foundations.


Good Schools Resource Center

In 2009, the Detroit-based Skillman Foundation selected MSU as its key partner in operating the Good Schools Resource Center-Detroit (GSRC-D). By assuming this critical role, MSU is committed to supporting the growth and performance of schools in six core neighborhoods across the city.


Concentrated School Improvement through MI Excel

In partnership with the Michigan Department of Education, MSU has been designated one of the state’s primary partners in developing and carrying out Mi Excel, Michigan’s statewide system of support for schools that are struggling.


Leadership Support

One of the greatest challenges facing Detroit and urban communities in Michigan is building, cultivating and sustaining effective educational leadership. In addition to its work with MI Excel, the MSU Office of K–12 Outreach also supports instructional leaders by giving them the tools needed to foster systemic improvement in schools, including the Michigan Fellowship of Instructional Leaders and Coaching 101 programs.