Education, Instruction and Curriculum, M.Ed. - Elementary Education emphasis
The Master of Education program in instruction and curriculum with an emphasis in elementary education allows educators to gain graduate-level understanding and content specialization in elementary education. This prepares educators to be leaders in elementary schools in kindergarten through 8th grade.
Listen to Podcast
This program helps teachers continue their professional growth and advance in competence in their work in elementary school classrooms. The program may be used to develop an academic specialization of work with elementary school children or to explore a field of specialization for present or future professional goals.
Aside from the M.Ed. degree, other education programs are available. Visit gvsu.edu/education/grad for details.
Why Study Instruction and Curriculum at Grand Valley?
- The program opens up a number of career opportunities for professional renewal and development of educators.
- The College of Education and Community Innovation's Office of
Certification and Accreditation provides centralized services for
advising, field placement, and certification.
- Flexible classes offered evenings, weekends, and during summer make it easier for teachers and administrators to plan their schedules. Some classes are offered online.
- Faculty members are leaders in their fields, melding together the philosophy of education and students' needs as practitioners.
- Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.
Grand Valley State University's College of Education and Community Innovation is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is 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 in this major meet in a combination of online and in-seat at the downtown Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.Format:
All Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs require a minimum of 33 semester hours.
- P-12 teaching
- School administration
- College level professional and administrative positions
Deadline for fall semester is July 15; winter, November 15; spring/summer, March 15. Early application is strongly encouraged to secure course enrollment. Those applications received after the deadline will be considered on an individual basis and program availability. Late applicants should contact program director Ellen Schiller, [email protected] The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if you have previously applied to GVSU.
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.
Instruction and Curriculum – completed application
and one letter of recommendation. If an applicant has a GPA of 3.0
or higher and a positive letter of recommendation, then the
applicant will be admitted. If the applicant has less than a 3.0,
then the applicant can be admitted by demonstrating one or more of
- evidence of responsible professional work experience;
- graduate certification/endorsement;
- previous graduate work or a previous master's degree; and/or
- acceptable GRE scores.
Visit the Education page for alternate criteria and procedures.
ARE YOU A GVSU ALUM?
When you became a Laker, you opened up a lifetime of learning, and now alumni like you can use your Laker Lifetime Learning (L3) account for classes that provide greater knowledge and new skills. Your account is waiting for you to use for future classes at GVSU. All you have to do is click on the button below to find out more.Find Out More About Your Laker Lifetime Learning Account (L3)