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2016-2017 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Master of Education in Educational Leadership: Special Education Administration Emphasis

For additional information about opportunities your college offers, please refer to the College of Education section of this catalog.

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.

Values
- 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.

The special education administration program is known for its comprehensive approach to preparing individuals for the many facets of special education administration including special education law, finance, personnel administration, staff development, curriculum, and current issues. Students participating in this program can receive a master's degree in special education administration or obtain approval as a special education supervisor or director of special education.

Accreditation
Nationally Recognized by Specialty Program Association: Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Minimum Number of Hours in Program
M.Ed. degree requires a minimum of 45 credit hours. Approval program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours.

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

Website: www.gvsu.edu/coe/grad

Requirements for M.Ed. in Special Education Administration:

Candidates seeking a master's in special education administration complete the following:

Social Foundation Course (Choose one):

Research and Evaluation Course:

Emphasis Area Courses (24 credits):

Choose One:

Practicum/Graduate Field Experience (12 credits):

  • EDL 685 - K-12 Principal Field Experience Credits: 3 to 6
  • EDL 685 - Special Education Supervisor Credits: 3 to 6
  • EDL 685 - Special Education Director Credits: 3 to 6

Capstone (choose one):

Special Education Supervisor and Director Approval and Administrator Certificate:

Emphasis Area Courses:

Choose One:

Practicum/Graduate Field Experience (12 credits):

  • EDL 685 - K-12 Principal Field Experience Credits: 3 to 6
  • EDL 685 - Special Education Supervisor Credits: 3 to 6
  • EDL 685 - Special Education Director Credits: 3 to 6


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