Message From the Dean
Welcome to the website of the College of Education at Wayne State University! I am pleased to greet you and hope that you will become a member of our diverse community of alumni, faculty, staff, and students dedicated to educational excellence in Detroit, Michigan, the US, and indeed, the world. Our theme, “The Effective Urban Educator: Reflective, Innovative and Committed to Diversity”, reflects the mission of the college and is the driving force behind our commitment to excellence, inclusion, and social justice.
This commitment has a long history. The College of Education (COE) began as a teacher’s college in 1881. We now offer bachelor’s, master’s, education specialist and doctoral degree programs in thirty-seven program areas, many of which are award-winning and have received national recognition for their innovative, field-based practices. These programs are administered by four academic divisions:
- Administrative & Organizational Studies (AOS)
- Kinesiology, Health & Sport Studies (KHS)
- Teacher Education Division (TED)
- Theoretical & Behavioral Foundations (TBF)
These divisions are assisted by the Office of the Dean and two support areas: the Division of Academic Services (AS) and the Educational Technology Center (ETC). Both are dedicated to helping our students to succeed academically.
The college’s student body generally consists of around 2,000 undergraduate students and almost as many graduate students. Approximately 40 doctoral degrees (Ph.D and Ed.D) are awarded by the COE each year. Surveys indicate that our teacher certification graduates, averaging 600 per year, are hired soon after graduation and typically remain in the Detroit metropolitan area, although our alumni may be found in many countries.
We are proud of the education our students receive, with its emphasis on diversity, innovation, technology and research-based practices. Our professors are leaders in their fields who pride themselves on their quality programs, high standards, and dedication to students. Our programs are accredited through their national professional organizations and by the Michigan Department of Education.
We continually strive to improve our programs, to adapt to changing employment trends in education, counseling, etc., and to enhance the overall university experience for our students. We want to ensure that each of our students graduates with a sound and innovative education in a field that prepares them for the challenges and rewards that they will face in their chosen careers.
If you are considering a career in education, or counseling, or sports administration, or one of the many other disciplines we offer, I hope you will join us. This website is designed to acquaint you with the college and what it has to offer; please don’t hesitate to contact the program area of your choice for more specific information if you have additional questions. Please also consider visiting us on campus to learn more about the academic and career opportunities available to you through the College of Education.
Thank you for your interest in the College of Education at Wayne State University! We are trying to ensure that our website is informative and user-friendly; so, if you have any questions or wish to seek additional information, please submit your request through: Request Information.
I look forward to meeting you in person and to a vibrant dialogue about the role and future of education in our democratic society.
R. Douglas Whitman
College of Education