Wayne State University is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in: our students are prepared for success anywhere. Our students learn in the classroom and in the community; our graduates are employed in schools, in health care, in government, and in industry; they work as innovative teachers, counselors, school psychologists, and administrators, as experts in instructional design and program evaluation, and as experts in kinesiology, health, physical activity, and exercise and sports sciences in both educational and business settings.

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 enabling them to participate in and contribute to a complex, changing society. To achieve this mission, the college is committed to excellence in teaching, research and service. These efforts are consistent with the urban mission of the college and its theme, "The Urban Educator: Reflective, Innovative, and Committed to Diversity." We identify fully with the University's vision to 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."