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Undergraduate Programs

Elementary Education, B.A.
Ranked #1

Elementary Education, B.A.

TEACH THE NEXT GENERATION

Preparing teachers who have the knowledge and skills needed to teach all subjects in kindergarten through fifth grade (K-5) and the depth to teach a specific subject area in sixth through eighth grade (6-8).

Program Director: Ann Castle
Contact: laet@msu.edu
(517) 355-1741

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Special Education, B.A.

Special Education, B.A.

PREPARE TO LEAD

The Special Education Teacher Preparation Program combines regular elementary teaching certification and K-12 endorsement in the special education area of learning disabilities. Both certification and endorsement are awarded only after completion of a fifth-year internship experience.

Program Director: Emily Bouck
Contact: sped@msu.edu
(517) 353-1842

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Secondary Education
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Secondary Education

BECOME A TEACHER LEADER

You will develop deep content knowledge in the subject(s) you plan to teach in sixth through twelfth grade (6-12), take courses on the most effective teaching practices, and experience a full-year, guided teaching internship in a public school after completing the bachelor’s degree.

Program Director: Chris Kaiser
Contact: team4@msu.edu
(517) 355-1726

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Athletic Training, B.S.

Athletic Training, B.S.

Moratorium Notice

This program will be transitioning from a bachelor's to a master's level program. Athletic training students have opportunities for educational and professional experiences that prepare them for jobs in high school, collegiate, professional, clinical and industrial settings.

Program Director: Tracey Covassin
Contact: covassin@msu.edu
(517) 355-4730

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Kinesiology, B.S.

Kinesiology, B.S.

A Major on the move

Engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborative research that focuses on physical activity and sport across the lifespan.

Program Director: George Harnick
Contact: harnickg@msu.edu
(517) 355-4730

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Global Cohort Program

Global Cohort Program

A Global View

The Global Educators Cohort Program (GECP) gives future educators the tools they need to teach with a global view and to make an impact in today’s classrooms, which are increasingly culturally diverse. Through social and educational experiences, MSU’s Global Educators are prepared to help young people think about themselves as citizens and stewards of the world around them.

Program Director: Margo Glew
Contact: glewmarg@msu.edu
(517) 355-8534

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Urban Educators Cohort Program

Urban Educators Cohort Program

Teach for Justice

The Urban Educators Cohort Program helps students gain the knowledge and skills they will need to teach in communities where resources and services are most limited. Through focused courses and guided teaching experiences during students’ first two years at Michigan State University, UECP is the foundation for preparing educators uniquely qualified to teach in urban school districts – and to meet the needs of all learners.

Program Director: Terry Flennaugh
Contact: urbaned@msu.edu
(517) 353-9337

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Coaching Minor

Coaching Minor

Lead Through Sport

The Coaching Minor is designed to provide students with knowledge, skills, and experiences that will enable them to coach effectively and safely in school, community-youth, and adult sports programs. Enrollment in the minor is available to all undergraduates.

Program Director: Justin Wolfe
Contact: wolfejus@msu.edu
(517) 355-8516

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Health Promotion Minor

Health Promotion Minor

Help for a Healthy Future

The Health Promotion Minor is designed to assist students in gaining a deeper understanding of health issues and their impact on overall quality of life. The multidisciplinary course options will provide a basis for personal and professional growth, emphasize positive lifestyle choices and explore global health/wellness concerns.

Program Director: Jennifer Watson
Contact: watsonj4@msu.edu
(517) 353-5120

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Educational Studies Minor

Educational Studies Minor

Power of Learning

The Minor in Educational Studies, administered by the College of Education, is intended for students who are interested in the intersection of learning, education and society. It can be a valuable program addition for students pursuing careers in the social and behavioral sciences, law, social justice or youth services. This minor does not offer professional training for teaching or lead to a teaching certificate or license.

Program Director: Michael Haslett
Contact: haslett3@msu.edu
(517) 353-9680

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Master's Programs

Teaching and Curriculum, M.A.
Ranked #2

Teaching and Curriculum, M.A.

Advancing knowledge of practioners

Structured for beginning, experienced and international teachers alike, the Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum program at Michigan State University helps educators grow in their profession.

Program Director: Douglas K. Hartman
Contact: matc@msu.edu
(517) 432-7705

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Athletic Training, M.S.

Athletic Training, M.S.

SKILLED IN ALL SETTINGS

The M.S. in Athletic Training helps students acquire skills in emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic rehabilitation and more. Students will be prepared to sit for the Board of Certification exam and can work in a variety of educational, sport and clinical settings.

Program Director: Tracey Covassin
Contact: kingrad@msu.edu
(517) 353-9680

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Sport Coaching & Leadership, M.S.

Sport Coaching & Leadership, M.S.

BECOME A SPORT LEADER

The M.S. in Sport Coaching and Leadership gives students the knowledge and skills to become sport leaders at intercollegiate, interscholastic and community levels. The program has a unique focus on athlete development across the lifespan.

Program Director: Andy Driska
Contact: kingrad@msu.edu
(517) 355-4736

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Kinesiology, M.S.

Kinesiology, M.S.

DEVELOP YOUR EXPERTISE

The M.S. in Kinesiology has seven distinct areas of content concentration to help students acquire knowledge and competence in the field. Flexible programming gives students opportunities to expand their study across MSU’s degree-granting colleges.

Program Director: Karin Pfeiffer
Contact: kingrad@msu.edu
(517) 355-4736

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Applied Behavior Analysis, M.A.

Applied Behavior Analysis, M.A.

Advancing knowledge of practioners

This program prepares students to become highly competent behavior analysts who develop educational and behavioral programming to children with autism, intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Students will be eligible to take the exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Program Director: Matthew Brodhead
Contact: davisme@msu.edu
(517) 353-1842

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Educational Technology, M.A.
Ranked #10

Educational Technology, M.A.

EXPLORE, CREATE, SHARE

The M.A. in Educational Technology prepares teachers, administrators and educational professionals for the thoughtful and creative use of technology. The program is offered as a summer cohort, overseas study or fully online.

Program Director: Aman Yadav
Contact: edutech@msu.edu
(517) 432-9259

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Special Education Leadership: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, M.A.

Special Education Leadership: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, M.A.

SUPPORT ALL STUDENTS

The M.A. in Special Education Leadership: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support is shaped by data-based decision making, evidence-based practices, formative assessment and more. Graduates will be prepared to address school, classroom and individual needs with action plans to serve all learners.

Program Director: Erin Hamilton
Contact: sped@msu.edu
(517) 353-1842

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Rehabilitation Counseling, M.A.
Ranked #1

Rehabilitation Counseling, M.A.

DELIVER EFFECTIVE REHABILITATION

The M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling helps counselors gain specialized knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to collaborate in a professional relationship with people who have disabilities. Students will develop expertise in counseling, case management, independent living and more.

Program Director: Connie Sung
Contact: ords@msu.edu
(517) 353-1838

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Special Education, M.A.
Ranked #7

Special Education, M.A.

ADVANCE QUALITY EDUCATION

The M.A. in Special Education is designed for K-12 teachers who plan to be involved in the education of students with disabilities. Students can become skilled in and earn teaching endorsements in Learning Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Program Director: Erin Hamilton
Contact: sped@msu.edu
(517) 353-1842

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Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, M.A.
Ranked #2

Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, M.A.

ADVANCING HIGHER EDUCATION

The M.A. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education is for those who are working in or wish to move into roles in higher and adult education, including administration, continuing professional development, or teaching. Gain skills in areas such as policy, curricular development, and more.

Program Director: Riyad Shahjahan
Contact: haleadm@msu.edu
(517) 353-5187

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K-12 Educational Administration, M.A.
Ranked #1

K-12 Educational Administration, M.A.

TRANSFORM INTO A LEADER

The M.A. in K-12 Educational Administration prepares aspiring educators for leadership positions in a variety of school settings. The program is committed to developing leadership for powerful and equitable teaching and learning.

Program Director: Melissa Usiak
Contact: k12adm@msu.edu
(517) 353-8480

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Student Affairs Administration, M.A.

Student Affairs Administration, M.A.

PROMOTE DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

The M.A. in Student Affairs Administration provides a broad perspective on higher education systems and a connection of theory to practice. Graduates are prepared to work in and cultivate educational environments that promote diversity and multiculturalism.

Program Director: Emiko Blalock
Contact: haledm@msu.edu
(517) 353-5187

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Education, M.A.

Education, M.A.

ENHANCE YOUR PRACTICE

The M.A. in Education is for classroom teachers, school administrators, coaches or adult educators who want to enhance their professional practice while building on their prior professional experience and engaging in a dynamic online community.

Program Director: Stephanie Jennings
Contact: onlineed@msu.edu
(517) 355-1825

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Specialist Programs

School Psychology, Ed.S.

School Psychology, Ed.S.

LEAD IN SCHOOL SETTINGS

The School Psychology Ed.S. program, which includes practical and internship experiences, prepares graduates for evidence-based practice. Graduates are eligible for Michigan certification as a school psychologist and the Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential.

Program Director: Jana Aupperlee
Contact: schpsy@msu.edu
(517) 432-0843

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Doctoral Programs

Kinesiology, Ph.D.

Kinesiology, Ph.D.

FOCUS ON HEALTH & WELL-BEING

The Ph.D. in Kinesiology has concentrations on athletic training, exercise physiology, growth and motor development or the psychosocial aspects of physical activity and sport. Graduates are prepared to teach, conduct research and serve in leadership roles.

Program Director: Karin Pfeiffer
Contact: kingrad@msu.edu
(517) 355-4736

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Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education, Ph.D.
Ranked #1

Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education, Ph.D.

Comprehensive curriculum, tailored training

Our mission with the Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education (CITE) doctoral program is to prepare students to be leading scholars and educators who deeply understand and work to improve education in its political, social and cultural contexts.

Program Director: Anne-Lise Halvorsen
Contact: cite@msu.edu
(517) 432-7705

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Educational Psychology and Educational Technology, Ph.D.
Ranked #6

Educational Psychology and Educational Technology, Ph.D.

DEVELOPING LEADING SCHOLARS

The Educational Psychology and Educational Technology Ph.D. program produces scholars and leaders in the study of human learning and development and/or in the development and study of diverse technologies supporting learning and teaching. Available in hybrid and on-campus formats.

Program Director: Jennifer Schmidt
Contact: epetphd@msu.edu
(517) 355-6683

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Measurement and Quantitative Methods, Ph.D

Measurement and Quantitative Methods, Ph.D

DEVELOP METHODOLOGY EXPERTISE

The Measurement and Quantitative Methods Ph.D. program builds deep knowledge in educational research methodology, development of educational and psychological tests, and methodology of statistics as applied to educational research. Students can specialize in measurement or statistics.

Program Director: William H. Schmidt
Contact: mqm@msu.edu
(517) 355-1838

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Rehabilitation Counselor Education, Ph.D.
Ranked #1

Rehabilitation Counselor Education, Ph.D.

PREPARED FOR PRACTICE

The Rehabilitation Counselor Education Ph.D. program is designed to prepare students to inform professional practice, support researchers, and equip graduates to assume leadership positions. Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

Program Director: Gloria Lee
Contact: ords@msu.edu
(517) 432-1838

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School Psychology, Ph.D.

School Psychology, Ph.D.

BECOME A PRACTITIONER, SCHOLAR

The School Psychology Ph.D. program is focused on culturally-responsive assessment, intervention, and consultation practices. Graduates are eligible to become licensed psychologists, nationally certified school psychologists, and credentialed school psychologists in Michigan.

Program Director: Jana Aupperlee
Contact: oberland@msu.edu
(517) 432-0843

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Special Education, Ph.D.

Special Education, Ph.D.

PREPARING ACADEMIC PROFESSIONALS

In the Special Education Ph.D. program, students learn to conduct research that impacts policy, practice, and student success. Students develop a commitment to preparing teachers and in serving families, institutions, and communities concerned with children/youth with disabilities.

Program Director: Emily Bouck
Contact: davisme@msu.edu
(517) 353-1842

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Educational Leadership, Ed.D.
Ranked #7

Educational Leadership, Ed.D.

BECOME A MICHIGAN LEADER

The Educational Leadership Ed.D. program seeks to build a network of senior leaders for Michigan schools, districts, organizations and education-related agencies. Develop knowledge and skills for professional practice and while collaborating to address critical educational challenges.

Program Director: BetsAnn Smith
Contact: k12adm@msu.edu
(517) 353-8480

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Education Policy, Ph.D.
Ranked #9

Education Policy, Ph.D.

BECOME A POLICY LEADER

Graduates from the Education Policy Ph.D. program conduct research on policy issues and provide service to policymakers and communities. Connect research to practice with focuses including economics and finance of education, educational politics, urban education and policy analysis.

Program Director: Rebecca Jacobsen
Contact: k12admin@msu.edu
(517) 353-8480

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Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, Ph.D.
Ranked #2

Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, Ph.D.

LEADING THE WAY

The Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education Ph.D. program prepares graduates for leadership, faculty, policy, and research positions. Students examine changes in perspectives on postsecondary educational organizations, and the roles of

Program Director: Brendan Cantwell
Contact: haledm@msu.edu
(517) 353-5187

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K-12 Educational Administration, Ph.D.
Ranked #7

K-12 Educational Administration, Ph.D.

IMPROVE LEADERSHIP PRACTICE

The K-12 Educational Administration Ph.D. program is focused on intersections of leadership, school organizations, research and policy. The program emphasizes disciplined inquiry, conceptual analysis, connections between theory and practice and the development of research and scholarship.

Program Director: Kristy Cooper Stein
Contact: k12adm@msu.edu
(517) 353-8480

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Mathematics Education, Ph.D.

Mathematics Education, Ph.D.

IMPROVE TEACHING & LEARNING

The Mathematics Education Ph.D. program, offered jointly with the College of Natural Science, helps individuals improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. Graduates are prepared to develop analytical perspectives for research, engage in reflective teaching, and more.

Program Director: Ralph Putnam
Contact: ralphp@msu.edu
(517) 884-3475

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Graduate Certificates and Specializations

Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate

Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate

BUILD PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE

The Applied Behavior Analysis graduate certificate prepares students to deliver educational/behavioral programming to children with autism, intellectual, and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Students who complete coursework are eligible to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam.

Program Director: Matthew Brodhead
Contact: sped@msu.edu
(517) 355-1842

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Children's and Young Adult Literature Graduate Certificate

Children's and Young Adult Literature Graduate Certificate

LEARN TO TEACH LITERATURE

The Children’s and Young Adult Literature graduate certificate provides teachers with strategies for teaching international pieces of literature. Program foci include multimodal texts, conversations surrounding literature and whether texts are written for children, adults or both.

Program Director: Laura Apol
Contact: matc@msu.edu
(517) 432-7705

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Economics of Education Specialization

Economics of Education Specialization

EXPAND YOUR EXPERTISE

The interdisciplinary specialization in Economics of Education provides doctoral students with advanced statistical training and understanding of applying these methods to educational topics, with particular emphasis on use of economic methods and theories.

Program Director: Scott Imberman
Contact: imberman@msu.edu
(517) 355-4667

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Educational Psychology Graduate Certificate

Educational Psychology Graduate Certificate

EXPLORE LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT

The Educational Psychology graduate certificate provides educators and non-educators with perspectives on learning and development. Students will gain insight into the needs of developing learners by understanding psychological processes that underlie learning, among other topics.

Program Director: Jennifer Schmidt
Contact: epetphd@msu.edu
(517) 355-6683

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Educational Technology Graduate Certificate

Educational Technology Graduate Certificate

TEACHING PROBLEM-SOLVERS

The Educational Technology graduate certificate prepares educators to help students become powerful digital-age thinkers, makers and problem solvers. Acquire knowledge and skills that transform thinking about how, why and when to integrate digital technologies to support student learning.

Program Director: Aman Yadav
Contact: edutech@msu.edu
(517) 432-9259

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Elementary STEM Education Graduate Certificate

Elementary STEM Education Graduate Certificate

EXPLORE STEM TEACHING

The Elementary STEM Education graduate certificate will provide elementary teachers with knowledge about student learning and engagement and instructional practices in STEM disciplines. The primary program focus is understanding inquiry-oriented practices across STEM disciplines.

Program Director: Douglas Hartman
Contact: matc@msu.edu
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English Language Learner Education Graduate Certificate

English Language Learner Education Graduate Certificate

UNDERSTAND LEARNING ENGLISH

The English Language Learner (ELL) Education graduate certificate is for doctoral students seeking to explore educating ELL students. Included: Influence of socio-historical, local and policy contexts; working with diverse levels of English proficiency and prior schooling experiences.

Program Director: Peter De Costa
Contact: cite@msu.edu
(517) 432-7705

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K-12 Computer Science Education Graduate Certificate

K-12 Computer Science Education Graduate Certificate

TEACH COMPUTATIONAL THINKING

The K-12 Computer Science Education graduate certificate prepares teachers to teach computational thinking at the elementary and secondary levels. Topics include using culturally relevant pedagogy to teach computational and algorithmic thinking, and development of creative thinking.

Program Director: Aman Yadav
Contact: edutech@msu.edu
(517) 432-9259

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K-12 English as a Second Language Graduate Specialization

K-12 English as a Second Language Graduate Specialization

TEACH A NEW LANGUAGE

The K-12 English as a Second Language graduate specialization prepares educators to teach English as a Second Language. Learn to understand: present-day English grammar, phonology, lexicon and dialect; factors contributing to successful second language acquisition and more.

Program Director: Peter DeCosta
Contact: matc@msu.edu
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Language and Literacy Education Specialization

Language and Literacy Education Specialization

ASPIRE TO LEAD

The Language and Literacy Education specialization is designed for doctoral students who aspire to be scholars, curriculum developers and policy leaders in literacy. Foci include literacy theory, research and education, use and instruction, and more.

Program Director: Tanya Wright
Contact: cite@msu.edu
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Literacy and Language Instruction Graduate Specialization

Literacy and Language Instruction Graduate Specialization

LEAD LESSONS IN LITERACY

The Literacy and Language Instruction graduate specialization is designed to develop strong expertise in literacy and language instruction. The specialization is available as an elective to master’s students, and can prepare teachers for reading or reading specialist endorsements.

Program Director: Tanya Wright
Contact: matc@msu.edu
(517) 432-7705

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Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Graduate Certificate

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Graduate Certificate

SUPPORTING STUDENT LEARNERS

The Multi-Tiered Systems of Support graduate certificate will prepare leaders to find and enact educational and behavioral systems supporting all students. Participants can take what they learn and directly apply it to work settings, providing support for schools and teachers.

Program Director: Erin Hamilton
Contact: sped@msu.edu
(517) 355-1842

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Online Teaching and Learning Graduate Certificate

Online Teaching and Learning Graduate Certificate

TEACH ONLINE COURSES

The Online Teaching and Learning graduate certificate prepares individuals to design and teach online courses. Students learn to apply theories of learning and pedagogy, and become more knowledgeable of tools that support online instruction.

Program Director: Aman Yadav
Contact: edutech@msu.edu
(517) 432-9259

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Qualitative Research Methods Graduate Certificate

Qualitative Research Methods Graduate Certificate

UNDERSTANDING QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

The graduate certificate in Qualitative Research Methods focuses on enhancing doctoral students’ preparation and expertise in conceiving, designing, conducting, analyzing, and reporting qualitative research studies. The program also prepares students to teach introductory and advanced courses in qualitative research methods when assuming faculty positions.

Program Director: Avner Segall
Contact: cite@msu.edu
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Science Education Graduate Certificate

Science Education Graduate Certificate

DEVELOP SCIENCE EXPERTISE

The Graduate Study in Science Education offers Ph.D. students and Masters students an opportunity to gain practical experience in science teaching and research. The science educators at the College of Education are committed to helping students build programs of study connected to multiple scientific fields. Our programs include biological science, environmental education, developing science curriculum materials, physics, and science for social justice. Faculty work closely with students to tailor the program to their interests in order to develop the future science scholars and educators.

Program Director: Christina Schwarz
Contact: cite@msu.edu
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Sport Coaching and Leadership Graduate Certificate

Sport Coaching and Leadership Graduate Certificate

IMPROVE SPORT KNOWLEDGE

The Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching and Leadership provides opportunities for students to develop expertise in learning and using scientific knowledge and best practices related to coaching and developing athletes and leading sports programs at the intercollegiate, interscholastic, and community sports levels. It facilitates interdisciplinary knowledge in various issues related to coaching across the lifespan. The certificate is available only online.

Program Director: Andrew Driska
Contact: kingrad@msu.edu
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Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Education Graduate Certificate

Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Education Graduate Certificate

EXPAND YOUR EXPERTISE

The graduate certificate in Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Education is designed to assist educators and practitioners from a variety of professional settings and disciplines who seek to enhance their understanding of teaching and learning issues for adult learners. Courses facilitate an overall understanding of learning in adulthood and what implications this knowledge holds for helping adults learn in postsecondary institutions, organizations, and in the broader society.

Program Director: Riyad Shahjahan
Contact: shahja95@msu.edu
(517) 353-5187

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Urban Education Graduate Certificate

Urban Education Graduate Certificate

TRANSFORM SCHOOL COMMUNITIES

The graduate certificate in Urban Education is for master’s and doctoral students who aspire to understand and focus on issues relevant to urban school contexts, such as racial test score gaps; allocation of resources; contexts of social, cultural, and economic differences; urban disinvestment; and transforming how school leaders learn to better engage children and families in their school communities.

Program Director: Terah Venzant-Chambers
Contact: terah@msu.edu
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*Rankings shown are based on the most recent U.S. News & World Report ranking of graduate programs and online master's programs in education.