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Education, Education Leadership M.Ed. - Special Education Administration emphasis

Grand Valley State University offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in special education administration. The program emphasizes theory, research, and practice in such areas as effective leadership, curriculum organization and improvement, personnel administration, finance, law, assessment, and other related topics.

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Program Overview

Grand Valley State University's College of Education offers the master's degree in seven major areas:

  • Educational Technology
  • Higher Education
  • Instruction and Curriculum
  • Educational Leadership
  • Literacy Studies
  • School Counseling
  • Special Education

Why Study Educational Leadership at Grand Valley?

  • Career-oriented. The program opens up a number of career opportunities for professional educators.
  • Service. The College of Education Student Information and Services Center provides centralized services for advising, program planning, field placement, and certification.
  • Flexible. Evening, weekend, and summer classes make it easier for teachers and administrators to plan their schedules. Some classes are offered online.

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For More Information

College of Education
401 W. Fulton St, Building C
(616) 331-6650

Graduate Admissions Office

Application Deadline

Deadline for fall semester is May 15; winter deadline is September 15; spring/summer deadline is February 15. Early application is strongly encouraged, those received after the deadline will be considered for the next cycle. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Please visit

Location & Format

Classes for graduate students in this major meet downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

This program is also available in Traverse City and Detroit.

Format: Hybrid


All Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs require a minimum of 33 semester hours. To receive the M.Ed degree in educational leadership with an emphasis in special education administration, students must complete the College of Education foundations requirements plus special education emphasis requirements for a minimum of 45 credit hours.

Career Options

  • P-12 teaching
  • School administration
  • School counseling
  • Special education supervisor
  • College level professional and administrative positions

Aside from an M.Ed. degree, other education programs are available. Visit for details.