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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.

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.


Invitation for Third-Party Comments

The College of Education at Saginaw Valley State University is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) March 19-21, 2023. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the evaluation team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

CAEP1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400Washington, DC 20036Or by email to:

Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:

  • In CAEP's performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
  • A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
  • Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. 




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.