Education Programs

Research has demonstrated the critical role teachers play in student success. Our goal is to ensure our candidates possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to create equitable learning environments that foster success for all children. We are committed to developing high-quality educators who serve their communities and promote equity and social responsibility. GVSU's Education faculty and staff are dedicated to supporting your learning and growth throughout the program so you can realize your goal of becoming a highly skilled teacher.


GVSU offers multiple undergraduate programs for teachers to become certified to teach specific grade levels. In the Education courses, you will learn the most effective, research-based teaching methods to help you meet the unique needs of each of your students.

Birth to Kindergarten

This program will prepare you to teach all subject areas to Young Children (Birth to Kindergarten), in both general and special education settings.

Elementary Education

This program will prepare you to teach all subject areas in Lower Elementary (PK-3rd Grade) or Upper Elementary (3rd-6th Grade).

Secondary Education

This program will prepare you to teach in grades 6th-12th in the subject areas you select.

Special Education

This program will prepare you to teach:

  • All subjects, grades PK-3rd or grades 3rd-6th.
  • Special education in grades K-12th
  • Special education programs for children and adults with disabilities up to age 26

Page last modified February 10, 2023