College of Education 50th Anniversary


Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, GVSU’s College of Education celebrates 50 years of providing quality teacher-educator programs. In its earliest plans, Grand Valley was intended to be a liberal arts college with little or no professional emphasis. As needs grew, Grand Valley adapted accordingly to provide teacher preparation programs.

The initial cohort of Grand Valley students included 45 elementary and 39 secondary candidates. An affiliation with Michigan State University from 1964 to 1968 enabled students to proceed into the teaching profession, many of whom became leaders in the field of education. The early programs used a nationally-modeled “Teacher Aiding” program that providing students with classroom experience prior to their student teaching. Today, the COE is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is one of the leading providers of teacher preparation programs in the state of Michigan.

This website provides a look back at the people, programs, and partnerships that have created the COE and enriched our education communities.


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Flashback to 1969

Flashback to 1969 with this Grand Valley promotional video featuring our teacher aids.

Our History and Timeline

Check out the Timeline for highlights from our past 50 years.

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