Wayne State University

College of Education: CAEP Report

A. Context and Unique Characteristics

Wayne State University, located in midtown Detroit, Michigan, is a national research institution dedicated to preparing a diverse body of students to excel in an increasingly advanced and interconnected global society. As an urban research university with 13 schools and colleges and over 27,000 students, our mission is to discover, examine, transmit and apply knowledge that contributes to the positive development and well being of individuals, organizations and society.  Wayne State University is a community anchor, set in the heart of the city. The University partners with surrounding businesses and local and state government to build a formidable and vibrant Detroit of the 21st century. Its number one priority over the last seven years and largest construction ever was recently accomplished with the 2015 opening of the Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio), a $90 million cutting edge facility that houses expert faculty in environmental sciences, bio and systems engineering, and bio behavioral health that will conduct research to combat diseases and other health challenges. Wayne State University will continue to advance academic excellence, serve in the economic revitalization of the city and support the growth of a rich and diverse community.

The College of Education (COE) seeks to "inspire tomorrow's teachers" and leads in fostering innovation in a deep-rooted culture of teaching and learning.  We serve in one of the nation's largest metropolitan areas and reflect the dynamic character of a culturally rich diverse student body and urban living. In Fall 2015, approximately 2673 students were enrolled in our programs. Slightly more than half (1494 or 55.9%) were in graduate programs and 1179 were undergraduates; 1319 were enrolled in initial certification programs.  The College of Education is approved by the Michigan Department of Education to offer 37 specialized undergraduate and graduate programs that lead to a Michigan provisional certificate.

B. Description of Organization Structure

Wayne State University is governed by an eight-member Board of Governors elected by Michigan voters. The Board of Governors elected M. Roy Wilson, MD, MS., as President of Wayne State University in 2013.

The College of Education is led by Dean, Dr. R. Douglas Whitman, who accepted the position in January 2016—a move from Interim Dean from 2012-2015. The Office of the Dean overseas the following divisions (Organizational Chart):

The Teacher Education Division is divided into the following program areas:

  1. Art/Visual Arts/Art Therapy Education
  2. Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  3. Early Childhood Education
  4. Mathematics Education
  5. Bilingual and Bi-Cultural Education/English as a Second Language/ Foreign Language
  6. Reading, Language and Literature (RLL)/English Education
  7. Science Education
  8. Social Studies Education
  9. Special Education

All teacher certification programs and licensures are administered by the College of Education. The Teacher Education Program Coordinators and faculty, Office of School Partnerships and Clinical Experiences, and the Accreditation Advisory Committee work together to regularly monitor, evaluate and make recommendations to improve policy within the department.

C. EPP'S Vision, Mission, Goals and Values

WSU Vision

Wayne State will be a pre-eminent, public, urban research university known for academic and research excellence, success across a diverse student body, and meaningful engagement in its urban community.

WSU Mission

Wayne State's mission is to create and advance knowledge, prepare a diverse student body to thrive, and positively impact local and global communities.

WSU Values

While our vision and mission show where we want to go, our values guide us on the way. They cut across organizational boundaries, bind us culturally, and permeate our strategic and tactical initiatives. They are the defining traits of the Wayne State community.

  • Collaboration: When we work together, drawing upon various talents and perspectives, we achieve better results.
  • Integrity: We keep our word, live up to our commitments and are accountable to ourselves and each other.
  • Innovation: We are unafraid to try new things and learn by both failure and success.
  • Excellence: We strive for the highest quality outcomes in everything we do.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: We value all people and understand that their unique experiences, talents and perspectives make us a stronger organization and better people.
COE Vision

The College of Education prepares professionals to help others acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to a complex, diverse and changing society.

COE Mission

Out of the conviction that education is the means by which human circumstances can be improved, the College of Education prepares professionals who have the commitment and competence needed to help people acquire the knowledge, skills and understandings to enable them to participate in and contribute to a complex, changing society.

COE Goal

The college is committed to excellence in teaching, research and service. These efforts are consistent with the urban theme of the college and its theme, The Effective Urban Educator: Reflective, Innovative and Committed to Diversity.

D. EPP's Shared Values and Beliefs for Education Preparation

The College of Education theme, "The Effective Urban Educator: Reflective, Innovative, and Committed to Diversity" is integrated with our constructivist theoretical orientation and longstanding tradition of university-community collaboration and engagement. The development of this framework led to faculty-wide approval in 2012. We continue to apply this philosophy throughout our programs, but it is particularly evident in those programs associated with initial certification, where a variety of field experiences and assignments combine application and community engagement (e.g., service learning, pre-student teaching, methods courses, and student teaching).

Over the years' we have developed programs and partnerships designed to meet the needs of special populations or school districts. We strive to recruit future teachers from diverse populations in high need areas such as mathematics, science, bilingual/bicultural, special education, English as Second Language. 

E. Institutional Accreditation

Since 1915, Wayne State University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States that provides accreditation to colleges and universities at the institutional level.