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.
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
- 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.Formats:
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.
- 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 gvsu.edu/education/grad for details.
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.
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 InformationCollege of Education and Community Innovation
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