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Graduate Programs in Education

The Master of Education program provides educators with opportunities for professional renewal and development. Graduate programs in education are designed to increase a student's understanding of the learning process and repertoire of methods and skills. The areas of study reflect the importance of increased breadth and depth of understanding of theoretical constructs and existing problems in education.

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Program Overview

Grand Valley State University's College of Education and Community Innovation offers the master's degree in seven major areas:

  • Educational Technology
  • Higher Education
  • Instruction and Curriculum
  • Educational Leadership
  • Literacy Studies
  • School Counseling
  • Special Education

Why Study Education at Grand Valley?

  • Education programs are approved by the Michigan Department of Education.
  • Faculty members are experts in their field of study and are experienced educators.
  • Students acquire strong field-based experiences in diverse educational settings.
  • Curriculum aligned with national standards to provide high-quality instruction and professional preparation.
  • 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

Class locations vary by program. Check individual program page for details.



All Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs require a minimum of 33 semester hours. Some programs require additional hours to meet state standards and/or national accreditation.

Career Options

  • P-12 teaching
  • School administration
  • School counseling
  • Special education supervisor
  • College level professional and administrative positions

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

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. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if you have previously applied to GVSU.

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.

  • Education – 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 the following:
    • 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.

For More Information

College of Education and Community Innovation
401 Fulton Street West, Building C
[email protected]
(616) 331-6650

Graduate Admissions Office


“As a high school principal, I have greatly appreciated the practical nature of the classes in educational leadership. There is no greater resource to current and future administrators than to learn what works in the field. GVSU has given me a wealth of tools to utilize right now.”



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