College of Education Wayne State University

College of Education Wayne State University

Detroit, MI
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Wayne State College of Education Graduate School

Wayne State University (Wayne State) is one of the nation's largest public universities offering more than 350 programs in 13 schools and colleges. The College of Education (COE) was founded in 1881 and today offers 37 specialized undergraduate and graduate programs comprising 635 courses.

With one of the largest graduate enrollments in the country -- more than 2,500 graduate students annually -- Wayne State COE has a comprehensive graduate degree offering. Graduate students may earn teacher certification at the master's level or earn advanced degrees in many specialized fields of study.

Advanced degrees are available in more than 25 fields of study from the following departments at the Wayne State College of Education: administrative and organizational studies, kinesiology health and sports studies, teacher education, and theoretical/behavioral foundations.

Graduate Degrees in Teacher Education

The Teacher Education Division offers graduate programs at the master's level in art education; bilingual and bicultural education; career and technical education; early childhood education; English education; mathematics education; middle level education; music education; reading, language, and literature education; science education; social studies education; and special education.

Education specialist certification (30 hours beyond the master's level) and doctoral degree programs are available in curriculum and instruction (requires a specific area of focus); special education; and reading, language, and literature education.

Graduate Degrees in Kinesiology, Health, and Sports Studies

At the master's level the following degrees are available: kinesiology pedagogy (M.A.T.), health education (M.Ed.), exercise and sport science (kinesiology, M.Ed.), physical education pedagogy (kinesiology, M.Ed.), sports administration (M.A.), and wellness clinician/research.

Graduate kinesiology and special education majors may earn a state-approved Adapted Physical Education Endorsement (SP endorsement) to teach physical education to students with disabilities.

Students may earn a Ph.D. in Kinesiology with concentrations in either exercise and sport science or physical education pedagogy.

Graduate Degrees in Theoretical and Behavioral Foundations

This division of Wayne State University COE offers graduate degree programs in counseling, education evaluation and research, education psychology, school and community psychology, marriage and family psychology, and rehabilitation counseling.

These programs prepare students for a wide range of careers in counseling and psychology in school, community, and business settings.

Graduate Degrees in Administrative and Organizational Studies

The goal of this division at the College of Education is to enhance and develop leadership and technology in educational systems, organizations, and institutions. The division offers 2 programs at the graduate level: education administration/educational leadership and policy studies (EDA/EPS) and instructional technology.

The EDA/EPS program offers master's degrees and educational specialist certificates (Ed.S.) as well as a Doctor of Education program and a Doctor of Philosophy program.

The instructional technology (IT) program at Wayne State COE is among the oldest and most respected in the country. The program offers master's, educational specialist, and doctoral level programs. Master's and educational specialist programs emphasize 4 distinct areas: performance improvement and training, K-12 technology integration, interactive technologies, and instructional design.

Research Evaluates Leading-Edge Techniques and Trends

Wayne State University College of Education has a national reputation as a top educational research institute. COE faculty and graduate students investigate trends across a broad spectrum of issues across all departments and divisions within COE.

For example, Professor M.K. Barbour has presented several papers during the last 2 years that investigate different aspects of digital learning. Selected titles include: "Student performance in virtual learning: Looking beyond the numbers" and "Teaching and learning online with secondary school students."

COE Faculty Members are Scholars and Researchers

Wayne State University College of Education retains more than 300 full- and part-time faculty members with extensive experience in their respective fields. Many faculty members have earned the highest degree in their respective fields and the majority of faculty members are engaged in ongoing research programs at the master's and doctoral levels.

Special Programs and Outreach Projects at Wayne State COE

A defining characteristic of Wayne State COE is its commitment to merge research with practice in the form of outreach projects. Graduate students may choose from an array of projects and programs, many of which focus on issues of adolescence, mathematics and science education, and analysis of contemporary education problems.

For example, the COE's award winning program "GO-GIRL" -- Gaining Options-Girls Investigate Real Life -- is focused on building knowledge and confidence in middle school girls in the areas of mathematics, technology, scientific thinking, and communication. Graduate students engage middle school girls in experiences that promote awareness and interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers.

The COE Center for Self Determination and Transition is another special opportunity. This program is a research cluster that has developed and published a model for self determination, steps for self determination curriculum, and self determination strategies for adolescents in transition.

COE Study Abroad Opportunities

Graduate students may choose from numerous study abroad opportunities as they progress in their advanced degree and associated field of study. Wayne State COE study abroad opportunities include student teaching placement, courses or full semesters in scores of host countries, independent international research, international conferences, service learning projects, and post-graduate internships.

Urban Living in Downtown Detroit -- Culture, Sports, and Entertainment

The Wayne State University main campus, including the College of Education, is located in the heart of Detroit, on more than 200 acres comprising more than 100 education and research buildings. A wide variety of university-owned and private housing options are available to graduate students.

The campus is in the city's Midtown Cultural Center with proximity to attractions such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Symphony, and the Detroit Opera House. The city has franchises in all 4 major professional sports leagues in the nation and as the home of Motown and Techno, has a music and nightlife scene second to none.

Location & Contact

College of Education

Wayne State University

656 West Kirby Street
Detroit, MI 48202
United States

Dr. Carolyn Shields


Phone: 313-577-1620
Fax: 313-577-3606

Janice Green

Assistant Dean

Phone: 313-577-1605

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Education Certificate
      Doctor of Education (Ed D)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
      Master of Education (M Ed)
      Master of Education/Master of Arts (M Ed/MA)
      Specialist in Education (Ed S)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 317
    • Doctoral Degrees 44
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 84
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


39% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 768
    • Accepted 300
    • Acceptance Rate 39
    • Enrolled 201
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $
    • Application Fee - International $
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline June 1st May 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline October 1st September 1st Yes
    • Spring deadline February 1st January 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreeseligibility for state provisional teaching certificate; satisfactory background in area of specialization; baccalaureate degree with minimum upper-division GPA of 2.75
    • Doctoral's Degreesminimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, master's 3.5; 3 years of teaching experience (for some programs)
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced Degreesmaster's degree from accredited institution; minimum undergraduate upper-division GPA of 2.6, 3.4 master's; fulfillment of special requirements in area of concentration; three years' teaching experience (excluding instructional technology)
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS recommended, IELTS paper based, TWE required, 6 TWE paper based, Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (minimum score 85)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • Tuition *
    • Student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 31
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Health Care Benefits, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students1542
    • Female Percentage76%
    • Male Percentage24%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students1542
    • Part-time Percentage61%
    • Full-time Percentage39%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American31%
    • White / Caucasian57%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian2%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown4%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchAlternative routes to teacher certification; innovations in science, mathematics and technology education; literacy; K-12 school reform, including special education and self-determination for special populations; adult workplace learning
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$1,125,349




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