LAKERS TOGETHER: Grand Valley is preparing for successful learning experiences when classes resume on Aug. 31. Learn more about the plan for fall in this handbook.
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.
Nationally Recognized by Specialty Program Association: Council for Exceptional Children
Michigan Department of Education Approved
Minimum Number of Hours in Program
All degree-seeking students are required to take a minimum of 33 semester hours, including foundation, emphasis courses and Capstone.
Admission Requirements, Retention, and Termination Standards
Students who are degree seeking and are working for special education endorsement are required to take additional courses beyond the normal requirements for the master's degree. Students who want to enroll in a master's degree program and are not seeking special education endorsement should select a master's degree emphasis program and consult with a special education graduate advisor to develop a program consisting of foundations and emphasis coursework, including research applications.
DeVos Center, Pew Campus downtown Grand Rapids, MI
Candidates for the M.Ed. degree must complete the following courses:
Research Foundations Coursework (Take early in program):
Social Foundations Coursework (Take early in program) (Take one):
Emotional Impairment Coursework (Take anytime):
Capstone Coursework (Application Required) (Take one):
Candidates for this program must possess a valid Michigan teaching certificate. Candidates adding a new endorsement must pass the Michigan Subject Area Tests and maintain a 3.0 G.P.A. Completion of both EDS 636 and EDS 638 satisfy the state reading requirements PA 118.
Special Education Coursework - Required for EI candidates who DO NOT hold a special education endorsement. (Take first):
Preteaching Coursework - Required for EI candidates who DO NOT hold a special education endorsement. (Application required):
Emotional Impairment Coursework - Required for all EI candidates (Take anytime):
Practicum Coursework - Required for ALL EI candidates (Application Required) (Take last):