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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 prepares graduates to work effectively in Kindergarten-12th grade Special Education administrative settings.

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Program Overview

The M.Ed in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Special Education Administration emphasis is known for its comprehensive approach to preparing students for the many facets of special education administration. This includes leadership theory, programs and services, law, curriculum and instruction, and evaluation.

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

Hybrid program that requires 3 face-to-face meetings per semester. This program is available in Grand Rapids. 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
  • Special education supervisor
  • College level professional and administrative positions

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