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Education, Instruction and Curriculum, M.Ed. - Early Childhood Education emphasis

The Masters of Education (M.Ed) program in Instruction and Curriculum with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education allows educators to gain master's level understanding and content specialization in early childhood education. This prepares educators to be leaders in early childhood Pre-K settings, from birth through age eight (3rd grade).

Visit the program website for more information.

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15%
Job Growth by 2026
100%
Faculty Have Practitioner Experience
99%
Program Acceptance Rate

Source: EMSI, 2020

Program Overview

This program prepares teachers, supervisors, and directors in preschools, day care centers, child development centers, Head Start programs, and kindergartens, as well as researchers and program specialists in the field for general and high-risk students. It is grounded in principles of child development and is designed to further students' understanding of developmentally appropriate instruction and assessment, as well as enhance students knowledge of how to work with families and support children with special needs.

Aside from the M.Ed. degree, other education programs are available. Visit gvsu.edu/coe/grad for details.

Why Study Instruction and Curriculum at Grand Valley?

  • Career-oriented. The program opens up a number of career opportunities for professional renewal and development of educators.
  • Service. The College of Education Student Information and Services Center provides centralized services for advising, 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.

Accreditation

Grand Valley State University's College of Education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (NCA). The faculty are leaders in their fields, melding together the philosophy of education and your needs as a practitioner.

Location & Format

Classes for graduate students are fully online.

Format:

Coursework

All Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs require a minimum of 33 semester hours.

Career Options

  • P-12 teaching
  • Special education for early childhood
  • School administration
  • College level professional and administrative positions

Skills Employers Want

Early childhood development graduates will leave with the following skills:

  • Educational policy and practice
  • Social/cultural foundations of education
  • Inquiry and evaluation
  • Childhood development
  • Administration
  • Supervision
  • Curriculum development
  • Infant and toddler development and curriculum
  • Family and community collaboration
  • Preschool special needs

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 gvsu.edu/gradapply/.

Admission Requirements

All students seeking degree, endorsement, approval, license or certificate change must be formally admitted to graduate study.

A maximum of six graduate credits earned prior to graduate admission may apply to degree requirements.

In addition to university admissions requirements in the GVSU Catalog, students must meet the Master of Education (M.Ed.) Admission Criteria.

  • Application Materials: Graduate application, application fee, official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities attended, and copies of teaching/administrative certificates if required for program admission or approved waiver;
  • Recommendations: Three professional or academic recommendations on COE recommendation forms, addressing the candidate’s potential for graduate study;
  • Grade Point Average: Grade point average of 3.0 or better for the last 60 credits of undergraduate work taken from a regionally accredited institution; or
  • Previous Master’s Degree: A prior master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution will be accepted in lieu of the minimum grade point average.

Candidates should submit materials to GVSU Admissions, Allendale, MI 49401. When all application materials have been received, Admissions will forward the complete portfolio for consideration to the College of Education - Student Information and Services Center. Candidates should allow 4-6 weeks for written notification of their admission status.

Visit the College fo Education page for alternate criteria and policies.

For More Information

College of Education

gvsu.edu/grad/instruction
401 W. Fulton St, Building C
coeserve@gvsu.edu
(616) 331-6650

Graduate Admissions Office

gvsu.edu/gradapply

 

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