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Welcome ....

to the Grand Valley State University College of Education website. As you will learn by viewing the information included on this site, the College of Education is an ideal choice for undergraduate and graduate education since we began offering courses in 1964. While we have grown since then, our high quality programs, small class sizes, commitment to educational principles such as active learning, interaction of theory and practice, and learning relevancy offer students the kind of personalized attention they need to become leaders in their fields.

The College of Education believes in giving back to society. Our mission is to develop quality educators to teach, lead and serve in local and world communities. It underscores our commitment to educating students to be increasingly responsible citizens in their home neighborhoods and in the world.

We are pleased with your interest in Grand Valley State University and the programs in the College of Education. I invite you to learn more about what the College of Education has to offer by visiting us in person. You may also call our Student Information and Services at 616-331-6650 for additional information or to arrange an advising session or e-mail

We welcome the opportunity to discuss with you the many options available for your future career in education at Grand Valley State University.

Barry Kanpol, Ph.D.

Dr. Barry Kanpol, Dean of COE

Dr. Barry Kanpol, Dean
of the College of Education

Vision, Philosophy, Mission, & Values

We believe that schools function as social and political entities as well as for the growth of individuals.

Philosophy: Student Potential, Ethical Implications
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.

Mission: “Teaching, Leading and Learning in a Democratic Society”
The College of Education prepares candidates who enhance the individual growth of their students while working to establish policies and practices that promote the principles of democratic education. The College articulates this mission as Teaching, Leading, and Learning in a Democratic Society.

Values: Expertise, Equity, Liberal Education, Social Responsibility
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.

Colleagues Magazine

Latest Colleagues Issue:

Issue XIV, Vol.1, Fall/Winter 2017

Dean's Office Faculty and Staff

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