About the COE

Grand Valley State University's College of Education (COE) is an ideal choice for undergraduate and graduate programs in the fields of education, teaching, and counseling. Offering courses since 1964, the college provides high quality programs with small class sizes. With a commitment to educational principles such as active learning, interaction of theory and practice, and learning relevancy, the College of Education offers students the type of personalized attention needed to become leaders in their fields.


Dean's Office

View of Richard M. DeVos Center (Building C) from the courtyard lawn; the College of Education's Dean's Office is located in the building.

Location: 460C DeVos Center
Phone: (616) 331-6821

Academic Departments

Educational Foundations

Students walking through the arch at DeVos Center

Location: 490C DeVos Center
Phone: (616) 331-6285

Ed. Leadership and Counseling

Graduates of the Ed.S. Program

Location: 390C DeVos Center
Phone: (616) 331-6250

Literacy and Technology

Students working on laptops in DeVos Center

Location: 418C DeVos Center
Phone: (616) 331-6285

Teaching and Learning

Undergraduate students at graduation

Location: 419C DeVos Center
Phone: (616) 331-6290


Administrative and Community Offices

Center for Educational Partnerships

Students participating in Groundswell's place-based education

Location: 396C DeVos Center
Phone: (616) 331-6240

Student Information and Services Center

View of the Beckering Family Carillon Tower at Richard M. DeVos Center, which is seen outside the windows of the SISC office.

Location: 401C DeVos Center
Phone: (616) 331-6650


TRIO Offices

TRIO Educational Talent Search

TRIO Educational Talent Search students

Location: The Depot - 510 West Fulton St.
Phone: (616) 331-7110

TRIO Teacher Preparation Student Support Services

TRIO TPSSS students

Location: 418C DeVos Center
Phone: (616) 331-6870

TRIO Upward Bound

TRIO Upward Bound students

Location: 372C DeVos Center
Phone: (616) 331-3144


Governance and Organizational Structure

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College Governance

College governance at Grand Valley State University’s College of Education (COE) is led by the Dean. The Dean works directly with faculty and staff on the COE Leadership Team to manage the college. Reporting to the Dean are three main college groups: (1) Faculty Council, (2) Affiliate & Visiting Faculty Council, and (3) Staff Council.

Faculty Council houses a number of committees and the COE’s four academic departments. The following four committees report to Faculty Council: (1) Scholarships, Awards, and Merit Committee (SAM), (2) College Advanced Programs, Policies, and Practices Committee (C-APPPC), (3) College Personnel Committee (CPC), and (4) College Curriculum Committee (CCC).

Also reporting to the Faculty Council is the Teacher Education Council (TEC).

Each of the COE’s four academic departments are represented in Faculty Council and report to the College Personnel Committee (CPC) and College Curriculum Committee (CCC). The four academic departments are (1) Educational Foundations, (2) Educational Leadership and Counseling, (3) Literacy and Technology, and (4) Teaching and Learning.

COE Governance Chart PDF

College of Education Governance Chart PDF

College Organizational Structure

Grand Valley State University’s College of Education (COE) is led by the Dean (S. Soman). Working in the Dean’s Office are:

  • Administrative Assistant (S. Evans)
  • Assistant to the Dean for Academic Scheduling and Enrollment (S. Bierlein)
  • Assistant Dean of Budget and Finances (K. Humphrey)
  • Associate Dean of Accreditation and Assessment (C. King)
  • Associate Dean of Accreditation and Assessment and Director of Teacher Education (A. Schelling)
  • and Associate Dean of Community Impact (J. Shinsky).

The COE has four academic departments and two service units that report to the Dean’s Office. The four academic departments are:

  • Educational Foundations, chaired by M. Bair
  • Educational Leadership and Counseling, chaired by C. Meyer-Looze
  • Literacy and Technology, chaired by S. Lancaster
  • and Teaching and Learning, chaired by E. Schiller.

The COE’s two service units are:

  • Center for Educational Partnerships, directed by D. Bair
  • and the Student Information and Services Center, directed by A. Thelen. This unit works closely with the Associate Dean of Accreditation and Assessment (C. King).

COE Organizational Chart

COE Organizational Chart PDF