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There are many important reasons to pursue a graduate degree from GVSU's College of Education. Whether your reason is to qualify for new opportunities, seek professional renewal and development, or move up the salary schedule, our broad selection of programs has the right fit for you. We can provide you with the additional support you need to give every child's brilliance a place to shine.

In addition to graduate degrees, the College of Education also offers endorsements at the graduate level for educators who already hold a Michigan Teaching Certificate.

Graduate Program Options

Graduate Degrees

The College of Education offers opportunities to pursue a Master's in Education in a variety of areas, as well as an Educational Specialist in Leadership degree and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (in partnership with Eastern Michigan University).

Graduate Teaching Certification (GTC) Program

This intensive, one-year, full-time teacher training program is designed for adults who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college and who already have, or are willing to acquire, a "teachable" major (and possibly a teachable minor) prior to joining the program.

Graduate Endorsements for Teaching

The College of Education offers endorsements at the graduate level for students who already hold a Michigan Teaching Certificate.

Graduate Certificates (non-teaching)

Completion of a graduate certificate does not result in teaching certification or lead to an additional endorsement for students who already hold a Michigan Teaching Certificate.

“I was able to attain financial support to attend conferences, workshops, and professional development opportunities, which enhanced my understanding of higher education policies, practices, and procedures. In turn, I developed meaningful professional relationships, which propelled me into a professional position in the field of higher education.”

Taylor Boyd, Master of Education in Higher Education with an Emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership / Class of 2017

College of Education Graduate Program Steps

We're glad you're considering a graduate degree from the College of Education at Grand Valley State University. Each of our graduate programs offers the connections, experiences, and superior value you need to open more doors, create more opportunities, and set yourself apart.

The Laker Lifetime Learning (L3) account is available for alumni to use for future classes at GVSU.

Scholarship Opportunities

GVSU and the College of Education are committed to supporting students financially, as well as academically. We offer several scholarships for students pursuing careers in education. These scholarship opportunities are made possible by the generosity of individuals and organizations dedicated to the preparation of high-quality educators.

Project or Thesis Handbooks

Towards the end of your graduate degree program, you will complete a 693 project course or 695 thesis course. Handbooks for the project and thesis, project/thesis samples, and other M.Ed. Capstones resources are available to assist students in completing their project or thesis.

Certification & Renewals

The College of Education faculty and staff are here to help you navigate the state certification system. Detailed information is available online or you can contact us at coeserve@gvsu.edu

Faculty & Staff

With a commitment to educational principles such as active learning, interaction of theory and practice, and learning relevancy, the College of Education faculty and staff are committed to providing students with the personalized attention needed to become leaders in their fields.


This page houses a variety of online resources to support College of Education students.