The Department of Education offers instruction in the art and science of teaching and educational leadership to prepare students for positions of responsibility in their communities.
The Department of Education is an academic unit offering bachelor's, master's, specialist and doctoral degrees, and professional courses of study including certificate programs. The facilities on campus, local school districts, public agencies and private corporations are regularly utilized to provide students with a rich spectrum of clinical and community-based experiences.
The mission of the Department of Education is to prepare and sustain exemplary professionals through emphasis on scholarship, clinical experiences in diverse settings, and knowledge of and reflection on effective practices. The central foci of academic programs, faculty scholarship and outreach activities of the Department of Education are to address regional, national and international educational needs, promote inclusive practices and develop effective leadership.
Each year, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) administers a system for determining "Educator Preparation Institution (EPI) Performance Scores" for all colleges and universities in Michigan that prepare K-12 teachers. The EPI performance scores are based on three areas: 1) Effective Classroom Teaching, 2) Continuous Improvement, and 3) Educator Effectiveness. We are very proud to have once again received the highest rating for 2017.