LAKERS TOGETHER: Grand Valley is preparing for successful learning experiences when classes resume on Aug. 31. Learn more about the plan for fall in this handbook.
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).
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.
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.
Classes for graduate students are fully online.Format:
All Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs require a minimum of 33 semester hours.
Early childhood development graduates will leave with the following skills:
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/.
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.
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.
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