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Education, Instruction and Curriculum, M.Ed. - Secondary Education emphasis

The Master of Education program in instruction and curriculum with an emphasis in secondary education allows educators to gain graduate-level understanding and content specialization in secondary education. This prepares educators to be leaders in middle and high schools in 6th grade through 12th grade.

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Job Growth By 2026

Job opportunities in instruction and curriculum in secondary education are expected to grow 15% by 2026.

Faculty Have Practitioner Experience

Each faculty member is an experienced education practitioner.

Program Acceptance Rate

Nearly 100% of all applicants are accepted into the program.

Source: EMSI, 2021

Program Overview

This program is designed for teachers who wish to develop their skills and competencies in teaching secondary school students.

Aside from the M.Ed. degree, other education programs are available. Visit 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 online or a combination of online and in-seat at the downtown Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.



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

Career Options

  • P-12 teaching
  • School administration
  • College level professional and administrative positions

Application Deadline

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.

Admission Requirements

  • The Education programs have rolling admissions deadlines to ensure maximum flexibility for our applicants
  • Up to 9 credit hours can be transferred from other institutions (many institutions only allow up to 6 transfer credits)
  • Enrollment begins in mid-March for the following academic year to give students additional time to plan
  • GVSU allows you up to 8 years to complete your graduate program (more time than most other institutions)
  • You must submit an official transcript from your baccalaureate degree-granting institution

Visit the Education page for criteria and procedures.

International students, please note: This program does not offer enough consecutive physical classroom presence for a student to qualify for an F-1 visa.

For More Information

College of Education and Community Innovation
401 Fulton Street West, Building C
(616) 331-7126
Program Contact: Ellen Schiller, Ph.D., [email protected]

Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Office

Program Director

Sherie Klee, Ph.D. 
[email protected]
(616) 331-2076



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