Michigan Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

This guide to teaching degrees in Michigan is designed to assist anyone looking into becoming a teacher in the state. There are many universities and colleges that offer teacher preparation programs so proper research is essential for aspiring teachers. On this page, you’ll find a table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs in Michigan, lists of top-rated teaching programs, and student reviews. Whether considering college for the first time or looking to pursue a career change as a teacher, use this guide to help you find the best program that meets your future career goals.

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Quick Facts

For not-for-profit schools with teacher degree programs.

Comparison of Michigan Schools with Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Michigan according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states. The MDE also provides its own ratings of approved educator preparation institutions based on graduate performance on the Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification (MTTC), teacher candidates’ effectiveness ratings during student teaching, and three-year teacher effectiveness ratings for program graduates employed in Michigan public schools.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution, for both traditional and alternative programs, for the 2019-2020 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education reports under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality.

Finally, we have provided the net price per year for undergraduate tuition, based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?5MDE Score6Trad. Teacher Program Enroll. 7Trad. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers7Trad. Lic. Exams Pass Rate7Alt. Teacher Program Enroll.7Alt. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers7Alt. Lic. Exams Pass Rate7Net Price1
Adrian CollegeYes84.3%$25,520
Albion CollegeYes86.8%$19,557
Alma CollegeYes90.0%23,635
Andrews UniversityYes87.3%$22,850
Aquinas CollegeYes87.4%$18,812
Baker CollegeYes87.5%$12,112
Calvin CollegeYes90.8%$26,482
Central Michigan UniversityYes89.3%$15,758
College for Creative StudiesNo94.0%$36,203
Concordia University Ann ArborYes90.4%$26,780
Cornerstone UniversityYes88.7%$20,112
Davenport UniversityNo$18,333
Eastern Michigan UniversityYes88.3%$15,342
Ferris State UniversityYes88.9%$12,638
Grand Valley State UniversityYes89.7%$16,865
Hope CollegeYes91.5%$30,320
Lake Superior State UniversityYes92.2%$13,568
Madonna UniversityYes90.8%$17,730
Michigan State UniversityYes91.2%$16,655
Northern Michigan UniversityNo88.8%$15,681
Oakland UniversityYes87.6%$14,674
Rochester CollegeNo90.7%$17,649
Saginaw Valley State UniversityYes89.7%$15,032
Schoolcraft CollegeNo$7,859
Siena Heights UniversityYes88.3%$18,910
Spring Arbor UniversityNo89.3%$21,535
University of Michigan-Ann ArborYes92.5%$17,832
University of Michigan-DearbornYes84.2%$17,832
University of Michigan-FlintYes84.8%$12,546
Wayne State UniversityYes87.6%$14,993
Western Michigan UniversityYes89.0%$18,091

  • — indicates none or not applicable.
  • N.Av. indicates data was not available or pass rates were omitted for confidentiality.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Michigan

Best Online Master of Education Programs in Michigan

  • Michigan State University (#1)
  • Grand Valley State University (#2)
  • Calvin University (#3)

Visit our ranking of the best online Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs in Michigan to see the full list plus a breakdown of the most affordable schools.

Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2022

  • Hillsdale College

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2022

  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (#9 tie)
  • Michigan State University (#23 tie)
  • Western Michigan University (#119 tie)
  • Wayne State University (#148 tie)
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn (#154 tie)
  • Eastern Michigan University (#167 tie)
  • Oakland University (#190 tie)
  • Andrews University (#211-277)
  • Ferris State University (#211-277)
  • University of Michigan-Flint (#211-277)

US News & World Report’s Best Online Master’s in Education Programs 2022

  • Michigan State University (#24 tie)
  • Western Michigan University (#41 tie)
  • Central Michigan University (#102 tie)
  • Eastern Michigan University (#157 tie)
  • University of Michigan-Flint (#171 tie)
  • Wayne State University (#182 tie)
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn (#188 tie)
  • Oakland University (#192 tie)
  • Andrews University (#242-321)
  • Saginaw Valley State University (#242-321)

Select Michigan Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees

Michigan State University

The academic programs offered by the College of Education at Michigan State University (MSU) provide students with rigorous training that prepares them for careers in teaching and education. MSU offers teacher preparation and education programs at all degree levels. MSU’s Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) teacher preparation tracks offer the qualifications for certification at the early childhood, elementary, and secondary levels. MSU also offers Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MS) programs with teacher certification tracks as well as continuing professional development tracks. Select master’s programs are available in online and hybrid formats. The school also offers doctoral programs as well as non-degree graduate certificates and specializations designed to help certified teachers develop their skills and add endorsement areas.

University of Michigan

The mission of the Marsal Family School of Education at the University of Michigan (U-M) is to emphasize the improvement of teaching and learning while intertwining research, service, techniques, and practice. U-M’s education program is regularly highly ranked for its innovative methods and strategic educational planning curriculum. At the undergraduate level, U-M offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) with Teacher Certification that meets Michigan standards for certification in the elementary or secondary grades, depending on the student’s area of emphasis. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree but do not have the required formal teacher preparation may pursue the Michigan Alternative Route to Certification (M-ARC) through U-M. At the graduate level, U-M offers a Master of Arts (MA) with teacher certification as well as numerous master’s programs for currently-certified teachers interested in professional development. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs with emphases in areas such as Education and Psychology; Educational Studies; English and Education; and Higher Education are also available.

Schools with Associate Degrees in Education

While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational level required to qualify for state certification, an associate’s degree can be the first step towards a career in education. It can qualify graduates for careers in non-licensed roles in early childhood education, after-school care, and related areas. The credits earned from an accredited associate degree program can also typically be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree. The following Alabama schools offer associate’s degrees in education.1 Schools with an asterisk (*) also offer four-year teaching programs and/or alternative route to certification programs.

Alpena Community College
665 Johnson St
Alpena, MI 49707
(989) 356-9021

Bay College
2001 N Lincoln Rd
Escanaba, MI 49829-2511
(906) 786-5802

Bay Mills Community College
12214 W Lakeshore Dr
Brimley, MI 49715
(906) 248-3354

Delta College
1961 Delta Rd
University Center, MI 48710
(989) 686-9000

Ferris State University*
1201 S State St
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2251
(231) 591-2000

Gogebic Community College
E 4946 Jackson Rd
Ironwood, MI 49938
(906) 932-4231

Grand Rapids Community College
143 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295
(616) 234-4000

Henry Ford College
5101 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128-1495
(313) 845-9600

Kalamazoo Valley Community College
6767 West O Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49003-4070
(269) 488-4100

Kellogg Community College
450 North Ave
Battle Creek, MI 49017-3397
(269) 965-3931

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College
111 Beartown Rd
Baraga, MI 49908-0000
(906) 524-8400

Kirtland Community College
10775 N Saint Helen Rd
Roscommon, MI 48653
(989) 275-5000

Lake Michigan College
2755 East Napier Ave
Benton Harbor, MI 49022-1899
(269) 927-8100

Lake Superior State University*
650 W Easterday Ave
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783
(906) 632-6841

Lansing Community College
419 N Capitol Ave
Lansing, MI 48901-7210
(517) 483-1957

Macomb Community College
14500 Twelve Mile Rd
Warren, MI 48088-3896
(586) 445-7999

Mid Michigan College
1375 S Clare Ave
Harrison, MI 48625-9447
(989) 386-6622

Monroe County Community College
1555 S Raisinville Rd
Monroe, MI 48161-9746
(734) 242-7300

Montcalm Community College
2800 College Dr
Sidney, MI 48885-9723
(989) 328-2111

Mott Community College
1401 E Court St
Flint, MI 48503
(810) 762-0200

Muskegon Community College
221 S Quarterline Rd
Muskegon, MI 49442-1432
(231) 773-9131

North Central Michigan College
1515 Howard St
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 348-6600

Schoolcraft College*
18600 Haggerty Rd
Livonia, MI 48152-2696
(734) 462-4400

Southwestern Michigan College
58900 Cherry Grove Rd
Dowagiac, MI 49047-9793
(269) 782-1000

Washtenaw Community College
4800 E Huron River Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48105-4800
(734) 973-3300

Wayne County Community College District
801 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 496-2600

West Shore Community College
3000 N Stiles Rd
Scottville, MI 49454-0277
(231) 845-6211

Student Reviews

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Andrews University
Berrien Springs, MI 49104
(800) 253-2874

Student Review: “I do not feel like my classes at Andrews prepared me for taking state licensing exams. I think more classes on creative classroom management strategies would have been nice, as well as observing real teachers handle a case study. The education program has successfully placed me in an Adventist school, but I am not sure I would ever have the confidence to try working in a public school. There wasn’t a State Licensing Prep class when I was there, and I would have found that helpful. However, have stayed in touch with me after graduation. They have been awesome and willing to troubleshoot problems I’m facing as a teacher post-graduation, especially Professor Bacchiocchi.” -Student at Andrews University

Calvin College
3201 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616) 526-6000

Student Review: “I loved my experience in the teacher education program at Calvin College because I was given the opportunity to integrate my own pursuit of knowledge with my Christian faith, which prepared me in helping those in the Christian education world find, define, and defend their Christian worldview. I was really challenged not just by the theological diversity among my professors, but intellectually as a whole. I was pushed to tap into my creativity and I found a passion for the youth I would be teaching. My professors really cared about the coming generation and the desperate need for profound, innovative thinkers to be developed, for our nation’s and the world’s sake.” -Student at Calvin College

Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
(989) 774-4000

Student Review: “The teaching program at Central Michigan University provided me with a unique experience. Many of the teachers in the programs did a great job of preparing us for some of the problems you can run into when you’re a teacher. We had to job shadow other teachers in the area so we could get some real life experience and I thought that it was an enlightening experience. I thought that was the best experience that I gained from the program. The teachers in the program were well experienced and they had many great stories that related to teaching. Another thing was it was difficult to contact teachers through email outside of class which made it difficult at times. Overall, the experience was great and I look forward to using my skills and experiences to help me in my teaching career.” -Daryl J., student at Central Michigan University
Student Review: “I had a wonderful experience as a CMU student that prepared me quite well for the real world of teaching. I am grateful that my music education courses were so thorough, requiring me to learn the fundamentals of every instrument – including voice. CMU also gave me the opportunity to make my education my own. The certification program provided a great deal of flexibility during my student teaching experience, and I worked one-on-one with numerous faculty members to complete research projects and prepare conference presentations. I can also say that some of my professors were the most inspirational people I have ever met, and their love of teaching continues to drive my own passion for joining the field of education.” -Student at Central Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 487-1849

Student Review: “Eastern Michigan University has a teaching program that is very well known in the state of Michigan for putting out some of the best teachers in the state. I believe that this could be true of the teachers that exit the teaching program but I feel that is more because of the students and not the program. For me, being involved with this program was a large disappointment. The teachers were mostly unavailable with the exception of being in class and occasionally during their listed office hours. It was very difficult to get in touch with a teacher via email or office phone and therefore difficult to get help or additional instructions when necessary. I feel like the majority of the professors are recruited because they are some of the best in their field which is beneficial to Eastern on paper but that does not make them quality teachers and the students that go through the department suffer because of it.” -Rachel S., student at Eastern Michigan University
Student Review: “I very much enjoyed the teaching section of my major. I did not major in teaching but worked to earn my secondary teaching certificate so I can teach if I want to as a career option. I really enjoyed the way everything was set up, but I felt like there was not enough learning the classroom. That is, I never really got a chance to actually teach anyone anything, I just learned how to do it. I know if I started a teaching job tomorrow I’d be nervous about it. I did my student teaching section of the program, which was fun, but I was never given the opportunity to develop my own agenda or lesson plan, I had to use the one my teacher developed for me, which was slightly irritating as well. I wanted to be able to test those skills in addition to teaching. I believe that the program should offer more training in that regard. In addition, I felt like my university failed at helping me find a job in any sense. They may have given me the skills necessary to teach but did not give me any help in resume building or additional teaching certifications that would separate me from any other candidate. There is no system that is useful to students to help them find jobs. I loved my professors though, they were fantastic and very passionate about teaching and getting others to be passionate about teaching. I feel like a lot of professors and teachers have their own way of approaching teaching, and I felt like I could relate to their style very easily.” -Arthur C., student at Eastern Michigan University
Student Review: “I enjoyed learning how children learn. They prepared students in many different faculties, which I also enjoyed. My most memorable positive experience from the Initial teacher prep program was the students with exceptionalities class. This class covered topics about teaching children with disabilities. It was highly emotional and even got thinking about special education for a short while. I decided against it. The worst part about the teacher prep program was the strict guidelines and how it changed from year to year. So they required art and dance for instance, and those classes would be really difficult to get into. And then they would remove those requirements, so it screwed up a lot of people’s scheduling.” -Student at Eastern Michigan University

Grand Rapids Community College*
143 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295
(616) 234-4000

Student Review: “Going to community college was not my initial plan. After careful consideration and hours of thinking I came to the conclusion that attending Grand Rapids Community College for two years would save me money over the long run and allow me the luxury of living closer to home.I saved so much money by making this choice. Grand Rapids Community College known as GRCC to the student population is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, MI. It is an open campus spread throughout downtown Grand Rapids with a variety of programs that are offered. Most four-year Universities in Michigan have something known as the MACRO agreement which GRCC participates in. The MACRO agreement is basically the standard perquisites that will transfer smoothly from GRCC to the student’s university of choice. GRCC offers an excellent campus life that can be found at four-year universities including sports teams, clubs, academic scholarships and much more. There are even opportunities to travel abroad.” -Chad B, student at Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Dr
Allendale, MI 49401-9403
(616) 331-2020

Student Review: “Grand Valley State University provides a wonderful college experience. It currently boasts over 24,000 students and is the fastest growing college in the state of Michigan. Academic rankings are currently on the rise, and many view it as the third best public university in Michigan. The courses are rigorous with a heavy emphasis on collegiate style writing and research. Within the program, it is very balanced and well-rounded. I would recommend this program to anyone that may be interested. Life at Grand Valley State is curious. Although it has a large student population, it is located in a Charter Township with virtually zero outside activities. Most college students travel to the nearby city of Grand Rapids for activity (approximately 20 minutes away). Grand Valley does boast a secondary campus in downtown Grand Rapids, but it is still in the process of growing and expanding.” -John S., student at Grand Valley State University
Student Review: “My experience with Grand Valley State University’s elementary education program was positive. The professors in my content area were wonderful. I really connected with them and got a lot out of their classes. The general education classes were not as good. Most of the professors didn’t really challenge me, with the exception of my classroom management professor. What I learned in his class still helps me out years later. The guest lectures they brought in for professional development were fine for the most part. There were a few duds, like one presenter who was hyped up and talked about a great deal by one of the professors. She simply read off of a power point presentation about differentiated instruction for an hour. In the end though, I valued my time there. The handful of mediocre or negative experiences are outweighed by most of the great experiences.” -Student at Grand Valley State University
Student Review: “Grand Valley State University offers a comprehensive and challenging teaching curriculum for individuals that wish to become teachers. The program requires one semester of student assisting and another semester of student teaching in a urban and suburban location. There is a big emphasis on cultural awareness via seminars and real life experience. The program at GVSU was one of the best experiences in my college career. Additionally, the experience pushed my limits as an individual and taught me how to prepare myself as a teacher with a diverse range of students. In order to get accepted into the college of education at GVSU there are certain requirements. Student’s need to have twenty hours of volunteer experience with students in their specified major. Also, students need to take certain classes that are required by the college of education. Successful completion of the college of education includes passing the mandatory state test, successful completion of student assisting and teaching, and passing your testing areas of your major. The program required me to go to seminars and talk about real-world problems relating to young students in the school system, giving presentations to my peers, and building authentic relationships as a student teacher. I liked how the program pushed me to be the best potential teacher that I could possibly be and the strong relationship that I had with my professors. The GVSU education program has a very unique approach to teaching students the necessary skills that they need to become teachers.” -Student at Grand Valley State University

Hope College
141 E 12th St
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 395-7000

Student Review: “Hope College has been the perfect school for me. The school is a small liberal arts college of about 3,200 students located in beautiful and scenic Holland, MI, only a few miles from Lake Michigan. Hope is a school rooted in the Christian tradition where all your professors know your name and care about your progress as a student and as a person. I loved the chemistry department at Hope and really felt at home for all four years. Hope is a fairly strong academic institution while still having a very strong athletic program. If I had to say I disliked anything, it would be the long and harsh winters.” -Kyle G., student at Hope College

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1046
(517) 355-1855

Student Review: “Michigan State University is a great school. It is one of the top rated in the country. I had a wonderful experience there. One of the things that I liked about the school is that they had a lot of different programs and activities as well as clubs that everyone could get involved in. One of the things that I did not like about Michigan State was that the school was so big that it was easy to get lost. There weren’t enough maps around and I also felt that there weren’t enough resources to find out about some of the programs that were being offered as well as some of the scholarships that were available. Another thing that I did not like about Michigan State is that in the department for my major, they had gotten down to only one advisor for everyone in that major, so it was hard to get an advising appointment. Sometimes they had to be booked weeks, maybe even a month in advance.” -Jessica D., student at Michigan State University
Student Review: “The MSU school experience is a great one. I spent my first year at MSU in the dorms, like all freshman, and there I made some great friends that have stayed with me since. The classes that I’ve taken have all been interesting, with some of the best teachers I’ve ever met in charge of the courses. My favorite thing about MSU, though is the stuff that happens outside of the classroom. With the right attitude, anybody can have a great time every weekend, finding school-sponsored activities or sales, or going off to find a party. Every week there’s something new going on and it’s almost always worth checking out.” -Wilson D., student at Michigan State University
Student Review: “My experience at Michigan State University has been a thoroughly rewarding experience because of the great campus life and opportunities available to me there. This past year I began my first year of studies at the university, and I have learned that I will be able to be successful and build a career from my experiences. Even as a new student I was able to get a work position in a research lab, which turned out to be very educational and challenging. The best aspect of Michigan State is the beautiful and spacious campus, which is what drew me towards wanting to go there. And since becoming a student, I have come to love the various parks and landscaping features throughout campus. Another nice feature of MSU is the unlimited meal plan served at all the great dining halls. I have often gone out for a midnight snack during study sessions. Overall I am satisfied with my choice of school and would make the same choice over if I could.” – Barrett W., student at Michigan State University
Student Review: “The program was extremely hands on. From the first few education classes, I had the opportunity to work with students even in my first year while observing very good teachers in the classroom. I liked that I was able to work with tenured professors who provided guidance, not just grad students. I wish the program’s core education classes were more applicable to my individual field. For example, the class on literacy had little to no impact on my study as a music teacher.” -Student at Michigan State University
Student Review: “Generally, I had a good experience in MSU’s College of Ed. It’s one of the top education programs in the country, and I think that distinction is warranted. They use a scaffolding approach to working in the classroom that was beneficial; you start with 2 hrs a semester and work your way up to full-time student teaching. They also have their students do a full year of student teaching vs. the semester that some programs required. Because of this, I left the program feeling prepared to begin my teaching career. I also had a couple of excellent teachers during my time in the College of Ed; the T.A. I had for my junior and senior year coursework was especially good. One negative about my time there is that there were a fair number of required classes that I didn’t get very much out of; they were far too focused on theory and not enough on practical classroom application. I think my time would have been better spent on a class about, say, classroom management which, as far as I know, Michigan State doesn’t offer.” -Student at Michigan State University

Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, MI 49855
(906) 227-1000

Student Review: “Northern Michigan University is a decent mid-sized college, which has numerous options available for study. The town has many aspects which are enjoyable, such as a brewery, a bagel shop, a sushi restaurant. The Dome is a great place to run or walk in the winter, and they play football games in there which is a great event. There is a hockey rink next door at the Berry Events Center which is fun to go to and watch the team play. It isn’t challenging to join NMU in comparison to other universities. The classes, for the most part, aren’t too challenging.” -Ross U., student at Northern Michigan University

Saginaw Valley State University
7400 Bay Rd
University Center, MI 48710
(989) 964-4000

Student Review: “I chose to go to SVSU for many reasons. Some of these reasons were the small class sizes, which helped me to get individualized attention in areas that I was struggling or just had a question in. Previously before SVSU, I had gone to a bigger university that had class sizes of over 100 in a big auditorium. This made it hard to even ask questions, let alone get one on one attention. Another positive was the cost of attendance. Saginaw Valley State University has one of the lowest credit hour costs in the state of Michigan. This helps students to get the most bang for their buck. Also, there are many clubs, organizations, and sports to participate in. It is not hard to get involved with people and make friends due to the wide variety of people on campus. Overall, this is a great college with low prices and the feel of a small private university. SVSU has great teachers who really care if you succeed. Give this school a try, you will not be disappointed in the return you get.” -Megan L., student at Saginaw Valley State University

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 764-1817

Student Review: “My experience teaching others has been one of pleasure and difficulty. One of the things that my professors taught me was to not only be able to handle the responsibilities that come with teaching children but being able to handle the children themselves. I was extremely fortunate to mentor children in the nearby Pioneer High School this past semester and the experience only boosted my wanting to become a teacher. Not only did I want to be engaged with the students there, the students seemed to want to be engaged with what I had to share with them. I mentored one child in particular who struggled with math, and by the end of the year he had been on par – if not more – with every student in the classroom in terms of applicability and raw intelligence. The University of Michigan staff who often monitor the high school mentor programs were helpful in providing me every resource I needed to help the kids grow.” -Ryan G., student at University of Michigan
Student Review: “The School of Education at the University of Michigan was very time-consuming and required a lot or organizational and time management skills – it really does prepare you for the real world of teaching! Professors were generally very knowledgeable and willing to help you whenever you needed it. Courses are organized in a logical sequence, and you gain experience working with students of all ages – I had practicums working with kindergarteners, third graders, and fifth graders. I also gained experience working with students from different backgrounds and was able to take courses outside of my content area such as teaching rhythm and dance and art.” -Student at University of Michigan

University of Michigan-Flint
303 E Kearsley St
Flint, MI 48502-1950
(810) 762-3000

Student Review: “I was not very thrilled with my experience at U of M-Flint. I studied Secondary Education, majoring in English and minoring in Psychology. First off, many of the courses in the education program were a joke. I learned very little in any of them. The vast majority of classes I took did not prepare me at all for teaching. I feel like the content wasn’t practical enough, I guess. It seemed like it was very shallow, very general, and not anything specifically helpful. I did not feel prepared for teaching after taking these classes. Another big problem I had was the fact that a semester of student teaching was the last part of the program. So essentially, I did not really get a taste for teaching until the very end of the program. I wish there was some sort of crash course much earlier on in the program so I would know earlier if teaching was for me or not. Instead, I had to get to the end of the program to really decide if teaching was what I wanted to do. It seemed very backward to me. In the end, I still do not feel qualified to teach. I don’t think the problem lies with my work ethic, but with the program itself.” -Student at University of Michigan-Flint

Wayne State University
656 West Kirby St
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 577-2424

Student Review: “I really enjoyed my time at Wayne State University. It’s a smaller school, but it has the prestige and resources (research-wise) of a larger university. I commuted to school, so I was able to save money by not living on campus. However, I decided to live on campus for my final year. Although it is in Detroit, I felt very safe while in class and while living there. Detroit gets a bad reputation, but Midtown is actually quite nice. Wayne State also has their own police force. Most of my professors were excellent, and my graduate teaching assistants were great as well. I received mentorship from a professor who gave me a research opportunity and helped guide me towards my graduate program that I’m starting in the Fall. Wayne State is a lot like many colleges; it may be small, but the resources are there to have a full college experience. My only complaint would really be that parking is expensive and sometimes a bit far from where classes are unless you get there early; however, that’s urban living for you.” -Brett A., student at Wayne State University

Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5167
(269) 387-3530

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