5 Dynamic MSI Teacher Education Programs

by Aisha Bowen

Today’s increasingly globalized world needs dynamic leaders with skills in critical thinking, innovation, collaboration and much more. It often falls on the shoulders of educators to teach these skills and prepare children for these roles. Thus, today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up highlights 8 undergraduate teacher education programs that aim to instill these attributes.

1) University of Maryland, College Park (AANAPISI)—College Park, MD


The undergraduate teacher education and certification program at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park is one of the most well known in the Mid-Atlantic area. Some of UMD’s more unique programs include Middle School Math and Science Education, Special Education (Elementary/Middle School), and a 5-year B.S./M.Ed. combined program in Secondary Education. UMD College Park also aims to develop students’ interpersonal competence, professional conduct, work/task management skills, and analytical reasoning competencies.

For more information, visit here.

2) Howard University (HBCU)Washington, D.C.


While most university certification programs are only at the master’s degree level, Howard University’s unique undergraduate Elementary and Secondary Education programs require students to receive certification prior to graduation. The school also has a robust list of Masters and Ph.D. education programs. Most recently, the school announced a new Ph.D. program in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies (HELPS) which is, “designed to prepare the next generation of educational leaders for the staffing, administration, and management positions for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).”

Learn more here and here.

3) University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (AANAPISI/AANH)—Honolulu, HI


The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa offers 6 undergraduate teacher education programs. These include Health and Exercise Science, Distance Programs, and even a B.S. in Exceptional Students and Elementary Education. The University’s website offers a survey for students interested in education to narrow down which teacher licensure or undergraduate program is best for them based on their personal interests.

For more information, see here.

4) St. John’s University (AANAPISI)—Jamaica, NY


St. John’s University’s School of Education is committed to “provide programs that enable the school’s students to function effectively and professionally in today’s dynamic, multicultural, multi-ethnic society.” Students enrolled in Elementary or Adolescent Education programs are afforded learning experiences that support their intellectual, professional and moral development.

For more information, see here.

5) University of New Mexico (HSI)—Albuquerque, NM


University of New Mexico’s (UNM) Elementary and Secondary education programs were created to prepare teachers for New Mexico’s diverse demographic of students. This diversity mostly stems from the various linguistic and cultural communities that reside throughout the state. As such, the Elementary Education B.S. program offers three strands of concentration: bilingual education, TESOL, and Special Education.

For more information, see here and here.

Know other Minority Serving Institutions with strong undergraduate teacher education programs? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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