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About the COE

Saginaw Valley State University's College of Education offers programs in initial teacher certification, a variety of master's and specialist degree programs, special education administration approval programs, and a wide range of endorsement programs which are designed to provide quality educational opportunities for teachers and school leaders at the lowest tuition rate of any public university in Michigan.

College of Education Vision

The College of Education will become a key resource to the region and a leader in educator preparation.

College of Education Mission

The mission of the College of Education is to serve our regional, state, and global partners by preparing educators, surrounding them with collaborative learning communities, while fostering personal, academic, and professional growth through multiple, varied, and rigorous learning opportunities.



Saginaw Valley State University's initial teacher preparation programs were reviewed by CAEP (the national Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation), in 2016 and were awarded full accreditation in November 2016. The initial programs will remain accredited by CAEP through December 31, 2023. Our approved initial teacher preparation programs are shown on our website here.

Prior to receiving CAEP accreditation, SVSU's College of Education programs were nationally recognized and accredited by NCATE (the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education).

SVSU's undergraduate and graduate programs are also approved by the Michigan Department of Education. The list of approved programs can also be found on the Michigan Department of Education's website at here.



Contact Us
(989) 964-4057(989) 964-4057
Toll-free: 1-800-968-2540


James E. Tarr, Ph.D.

Acting Assistant Dean & Professor

Colleen D'Arcy, Ph.D.


College of Education Dean's Office
Gilbertson Hall, North 275
University Center, MI 48710


8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.