Special Education, M.Ed.
Master of Education in Special Education Overview
Grand Valley State University’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) in special education features programs in special education administration, emotional impairment, cognitive impairment, and learning disabilities.
About the M.Ed.
The program, offered through Grand Valley’s College of Education, prepares teachers to work effectively with students in a variety of settings. Candidates learn research-based practices for assessment, design of individualized instructional programs, remedial techniques, and related topics.
- Career-oriented. The M.Ed. in special education creates opportunities for professional renewal and development of educators.
- Flexibility. Evening, weekend, and summer classes make it easier for teachers and administrators to plan their schedules. Some classes are even offered online.
- Convenience. Courses are offered primarily at the L.V. Eberhard Center and the Richard M. DeVos Center in downtown Grand Rapids. Cohorts are also formed in northern Michigan.
- Accreditation. Grand Valley State University’s College of Education accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education(NCATE) and nationally recognized by Specialty Program Association: Council for Exceptional Children.
- Service. The College of Education Student Information and Services Center provides centralized services for advising, program planning, field placement, and certification.
Each candidate for the M.Ed. degree must complete six semester hours in foundation courses in the following areas: research and evaluation and social foundations in education. In addition, the candidate must meet the requirements in one emphasis area of the program. A minimum of 33 semester hours is required.
- M.Ed. in Special Education – cognitive impairment emphasis
- M.Ed. in Special Education – emotional impairment emphasis
- M.Ed. in Special Education – learning disabilities emphasis
Graduate applications for admission are available online. The university application fee is waived for undergraduate alumni of Grand Valley.
Grand Valley offers an excellent education at a reasonable cost and a number of ways to finance your graduate degree. Several scholarships are available through the College of Education for candidates who qualify. In addition, College of Education students may be eligible to receive a Federal TEACH Grant of up to $4,000 per year.
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