Candidate Quality - CAEP Standard 3

The College of Education offers students the best programs with an emphasis on diversity, innovation, technology and research-based practices. Our faculty are leaders in their fields who pride themselves on the quality program, high standards, and dedication to students.

The college continually strives to improve programs, to adapt to changing employment trends in education and in all the program areas within the college, which enhances the overall university experience for students. We are proud of the education our students receive, with its emphasis on diversity, innovation, technology and research-based practices.

Undergraduate Admissions

Students currently in high school and applying to Wayne State University College of Education. Our advisors are available to address all of your questions about how to properly declare a major in the College of Education.

Undergraduate admission information and to apply to become a WSU Warrior

Post-Bachelor Certification Admissions

Post-bachelor is an undergraduate status for students who have already completed a bachelor's degree and want to take classes without using the credit toward a degree. Students, who are required to complete undergraduate prerequisites prior to beginning a graduate program, may complete these courses as a post-bachelor student. Additionally, certified teachers adding a subject area endorsement may elect to be in a post-bachelor status.

Post-Bachelor admission information and application process

Masters of Arts in Teaching Admission Requirements

The master program is for teachers and other professionals who wish to enhance their content and pedagogical knowledge, as well as research skills in teaching and learning. Program activities provide the students the opportunity to engage in the study of teaching and learning using current theoretical developments.

Graduate admission information and application process

Professional Dispositions

Dispositions Overview: This document outlines the initial certification programs' beliefs about the professional dispositions of an effective educator and connects them to the missions of the University and College.

Michigan Professional Educator's Code of Ethics: Our candidates are held to high standards of professional behavior and are expected to adhere to the Michigan Professional Educator's Code of Ethics.

Comprehensive System: This describes the process for monitoring professional dispositions in candidates across all programs and pathways.


Program Areas

Professional Performance Student Self-Assessment and Review (PPSSR): This self-assessment survey is completed by candidates as part of the application process and for a second time during student teaching.

Cornerstone Welcome: Once accepted into an initial certification program, candidates participate in the Cornerstone Welcome experience, which includes a group interview and orientation event. When the group interview portion of the day is done, involved faculty review participating candidates' PPSSR surveys, which were completed as part of the application process.

Faculty Survey: Faculty complete this survey for all students at the end of every professional core class, at the end of pre-student teaching, and before the mid-point of Student Teaching.

Signed Statement of Expectations for Professionalism & Dispositions (SSEPD): Candidates must review and sign this document before each clinical experience begins.

Professional Disposition Video: In this video, alumni and local school district administrators share their thoughts about professional dispositions.

Resources: The following resources provide more information.

Candidate Support

  • Career Resources
    • WSU College of Education students and graduates are recruited and employed in a wide variety of careers in teacher education, instructional design, leadership and policy, kinesiology, sports administration, educational psychology, and counseling. They are in demand and lead the way in some of the world's most important and inspiring professions. In fact, our alumni represent nearly a quarter of all school administrators in Michigan. Each year in May the college hosts an annual job fair, with on average of sixty recruiters on site.
  • Degree Works
    • Wayne State University's degree tracking tool allows students to see their progress toward graduation. Along with their advisor, students can also plan which courses they will take in future semesters, putting students on the right path for graduation.
  • Education Scholars Alliance
    • The College of Education continues to place emphasis on retention, certification and graduation rates of students enrolled in teacher education programs. The primary goal of the Education Scholars Alliance (ESA) is to increase the number of underrepresented teachers in today's classrooms.
  • Future Educators at WSU
  • MTTC Subject Area Support Resources
    • The Michigan Test(s) for Teacher Certification (MTTC) are required for all candidates who want to obtain Michigan teacher certification. Candidates are required to pass tests designed by the State of Michigan to ensure that certified teachers have the basic skills and content area knowledge to teach effectively in the State of Michigan. The college provides subject-area resources available to students and the College of Education can provide you with additional resources, by completing this survey.