Wayne State University’s initial teacher preparation programs are approved by the Michigan Department of Education and are nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). Our programs are designed to prepare teacher candidates who are effective urban educators: reflective, innovative and committed to diversity. The College of Education (COE) is accredited for a period of five years, from October 25, 2012 to October 25, 2017 (PDF of Certification Letter). This accreditation certifies that the COE programs have provided evidence that they adhere to TEAC’s quality principles.
The College of Education is proud to say that in our accreditation process we were able to strongly support that we prepare Effective Urban Educators and our programs fully align and support ten core competencies.
Our program completers are reviewed throughout their program and rated by both our supervisors and cooperating teachers who are employed by the many school districts throughout the Detroit Metro Area. When asked if our students meet our competencies at the final observation at the end of student teaching, more than 96% of our students are rated Proficient or Exemplary.
Our program completers are also reviewed and rated at a culminating capstone prior to completion of the student teaching program. The reviewers include both Wayne State faculty and stakeholders from the community. Again, on average, more than 90% of our students were rated at Proficient or Exemplary.
Our supervisors are also surveyed by Michigan’s Department of Education to assess our program completer’s readiness. 95% of our students were accessed as being ready to teach.
Finally, our program completers also feel prepared to enter their new profession. In a survey administered by the Michigan Department of Education, 97% feel that their student teaching experiences prepared them to use their knowledge of content area(s) to design high quality learning experiences.