Cognitive and Learning Sciences


The Teacher Education Program at Michigan Tech is nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. Our program’s graduates meet all state mandates for teacher licensure as defined by the Professional Standards for Michigan Teachers.


To be recognized as a high-quality teacher education program that prepares and develops exemplary secondary school teachers.


To prepare quality educators who enrich the lives of all learners through the application of pedagogical, content, and technological knowledge, as well as their dedication to lifelong learning, reflection, leadership, and collaboration.


  • Prepare and develop secondary school teachers who will provide high-quality instruction to their students.
  • Prepare teachers who will engage in research and reflection to improve their practice over time, and who are positioned to be leaders in their field.
  • Attract and retain a high-quality, diverse population of teacher candidates.
  • Attract and support faculty who both excel in the classroom and contribute to the field through scholarly activity.



We value collaboration with local teachers and administrators with faculty from across the University, among our own faculty, and with those outside our institution. Such collaborations make our program stronger and better able to meet the needs of today's 6-12 schools. We commit to actively build and strengthen such collaborations.

Continuous Improvement

We believe that research-based decision making is the hallmark of a high-quality program. Ongoing analysis of program outcomes allows us to make deliberate, data-driven improvements to our program in order to better support our candidates in meeting program goals and professional teaching standards.


We believe that everyone deserves equal access to education and opportunity. We are committed to providing such opportunity and supporting candidates in doing the same by building on a foundation of acceptance and understanding (adapted from Michigan Tech Community Value).


We are committed to high-quality scholarship that challenges and extends what we know about teaching and learning, both through our work in the classroom and through our own study of teaching and learning (adapted from Michigan Tech Scholarship Value).


We believe that all education professionals must hold themselves accountable to their students, colleagues, and other stakeholders, and must act with integrity, honesty, and diligence (adapted from Michigan Tech Accountability Value).

Regional Emphasis

We are committed to prioritizing the needs of our local and regional stakeholders by producing excellent teachers who will serve the area and by providing professional development for teachers.

Program Measures

Section 205 in Title II of the Higher Education Act, as amended in 2008, requires each state receiving funding under the Act to report annually on the quality of teacher preparation in the state.