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Master of Education in Instruction and Curriculum: Elementary Education Emphasis

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Mission - Teaching, leading, and learning in a democratic society.

Philosophy - Believing that schools function as social and political entities as well as for the growth of individuals, the College of Education prepares teachers and leaders a) to enhance the academic and personal potential of their students, and b) to evaluate the social and ethical implications of educational policies and practices.

- The College of Education values expertise to guide our practice, equity to guide our interactions, liberal education to guide our perspectives, and social responsibility to guide our commitment to democratic education. We value these ideals in our preparation of candidates, our development of faculty, and our relationships with the larger community we serve.

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.

Nationally Recognized by Specialty Program Association: Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) Michigan Department of Education approved.

Minimum Number of Hours in Program: 33

Program Location
DeVos Center, Pew Campus downtown Grand Rapids, MI


Requirements for M.Ed. in Elementary Education

Each candidate for the M.Ed. degree must complete the following:

Social Foundations of Education (Choose one):

Research and Evaluation:

Core Courses (9 Credits):

Emphasis area courses (12 credits):

One elective, or approved substitution (3 credits):

  • Elective Credits: 3

Capstone (choose one):

Requirements for Initial Elementary Certification

This program is for post-baccalaureate candidates who do not hold a teaching certificate and wish to pursue elementary education certification. Initial elementary certification candidates must first be admitted to graduate teacher certification, then complete:

Maintain a 3.0 G.P.A., and pass the Michigan Elementary Test prior to certification. Completion of 15 additional credits will fulfill M.Ed. degree requirements and two foundations courses, EDI 639, EDI 637, and either ED 693 or 695.

Elementary Endorsement for Students Already Certified:

Students already certified and seeking an additional Michigan Elementary Endorsement must have Michigan secondary certification; then complete:

Select Two:

Select One:

Select One:

Candidates must receive a positive recommendation; maintain a 3.0 G.P.A.; and pass the Michigan Elementary Test.

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