We are SVSU, and we go beyond teaching the basics. We prepare our teachers to inspire students to be the leaders and thinkers of tomorrow. SVSU’s College of Education offers undergraduate teacher certification programs in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education and special education. Already have your bachelor’s? We have post-baccalaureate teacher certification programs for elementary and secondary education, endorsements and graduate programs in teaching, instruction technology and e-learning, and an M.Ed. in principalship. As a student of the College of Education, you will study under professors who have long-standing reputations in the state as experts in their field. Coupled with 300 hours of field-experience before student teaching (more than other undergraduate degrees), you’ll be fully prepared for your own classroom. And with a placement rate of 95 percent, you will soon be joining over 11,600 teachers who have chosen the nationally accredited programs at SVSU. It’s all part of the Cardinal journey — your journey can start right now.
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SVSU education graduates have included the 2016 Elementary Teacher of the Year, 2014 Michigan Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year, the 2013 Michigan Teacher of the Year, 2013 Michigan Principal of the Year and 2012 Michigan Creative Writing Teacher of the Year.
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The Gerstacker Fellowship Program
The Gerstacker Fellowship Program was established in 2005 with a $1.5 million endowment by the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation. Its purpose is twofold: to provide a leadership development program for a select group of premier teachers and administrators each year, and, create a new cadre of educational leaders throughout the State of Michigan who will increase the quality of K-12 education in their communities.
In 2011, the Board of Directors of the Gerstacker Foundation, acknowledging the success of the Gerstacker Fellowship Program, recognized that this initial leadership development opportunity, to maximize its full potential, required a sustained and advanced leadership endeavor. Consequently, the Board of Directors approved the endowment of an additional $1 million to fund the fulfullment of that initiative for all graduates of the Gerstacker Fellowship Program.
The initial leadership development is now known as Gerstacker Fellowship Program I. The advanced leadership development program is known as Gerstacker Fellowship Program II.
This website is designed to inform you of the scope and content of these Programs as well as provide information concerning the selection of program participants and instructions regarding the application procedure for the Gerstacker Fellowship Program I.
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