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Graduate Program Information
All students seeking degree, endorsement, approval, license or certificate change must be formally admitted to graduate study. When completing the graduate application, be sure to check the box for "degree-seeking," even if you are applying for an endorsement, approval, license, or certificate change.
A maximum of six graduate credits earned at GVSU prior to being officially admitted as a degree-seeking student may count toward your graduate program requirements.
In addition to university admissions requirements in the GVSU Catalog, students must meet the Master of Education (M.Ed.) Admission Criteria.
Graduate Teaching Certification (GTC)
The Graduate Teacher Certification (GTC) program is designed for individuals who completed a bachelor’s degree and are now interested in pursuing initial teacher certification. This full-time program is offered online for those seeking secondary certification and in-person for those seeking elementary certification.
Students completing the GTC program will only need to take a few additional courses to complete a full master’s degree.
Student Information and Services Center
Phone: (616) 331-6650
Master of Education (M.Ed.) Programs
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Technology prepares educators at all levels to integrate technology into teaching and learning, coordinate technology, manage technological resources, work in local or regional media centers, or explore the benefits of technology for instruction.
Andrew Topper, Ph.D.
Phone: (616) 331-7273
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education prepares educators to become effective practitioners in higher education administrative roles, facilitate student learning and promote student success, and shape inclusive higher education communities. The program offers two emphasis areas: 1) Adult and Higher Education and 2) College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL).
Graduates of the M.Ed. in Higher Education will be equipped with the theoretical basis to serve in student affairs positions such as admissions, orientation, housing, campus recreation, and more.
Karyn Rabourn, Ph.D.
Phone: (616) 331-6591
Instruction and Curriculum
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Instruction and Curriculum offers four emphasis areas.
Early Childhood Education
Prepares educators to work with children from birth through age eight. The program is designed to further students’ understanding of developmentally appropriate instruction and assessment, as well as how to work with families and support children with special needs.
Kathryn Ohle, Ph.D.
Phone: (616) 331-6662
Prepares educators to understand and adapt lessons to the needs of students with exceptional abilities in a mixed-ability classroom.
Kelly Margot, Ph.D.
Phone: (616) 331-6247
Prepares educators in advanced content area instructional methods for the elementary classroom, curriculum development, assessment practices, and building a positive classroom and school environment.
Ellen Schiller, Ph.D.
Phone: (616) 331-7126
Prepares educators in curriculum development, assessment practices, and advanced instructional methods for the secondary classroom.
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Leadership offers two emphasis areas.
Focuses on theory, research, relevance, and practice to prepare graduates to serve in building-level leadership positions.
Rick Vandermolen, Ed.D.
Phone: (616) 331-6272
Special Education Administration
Prepares educators to work in K-12 special education administrative settings, including leadership theory, programs and services, law, curriculum and instruction, and evaluation.
Cindi Smith, Ph.D.
Phone: (616) 331-6604
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Literacy Studies offers two emphasis areas.
Reading and Language Arts
Prepares educators to enhance classroom instruction through effective literacy practices with the following program options:
- Elementary Reading and Secondary Reading for educators interested in facilitating student literacy learning with an emphasis on classroom instruction
- K-12 Reading Specialist for educators interested in literacy coaching and administration/supervision of district-wide reading and literacy programs
Elizabeth Stolle, Ph.D.
Phone: (616) 331-6242
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling prepares educators for careers as school counselors in K-12 public, private, and charter schools. The program is approved by the Michigan Department of Education and guided by the American School Counselor Association National Model. Coursework is designed to provide students with the skills needed to develop and manage a comprehensive school counseling program.
Shawn Bultsma, Ph.D.
Phone: (616) 331-6648
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education prepares educators to effectively teach students with disabilities in a variety of settings. The program receives the highest level of national recognition from the Council for Exceptional Children.
This master's degree offers emphasis areas in:
- Cognitive Impairment: Prepares educators to obtain a special education teaching endorsement in the area of cognitive impairment and instruct students with a cognitive impairment or severe multiple impairments in grades K-12 and up to age 26.
- Learning Disabilities: Prepares educators to obtain a special education teaching endorsement in the area of learning disabilities and instruct students with learning disabilities in grades K-12.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder: Prepares educators to obtain a special education teaching endorsement in autism spectrum disorder and instruct students with autism spectrum disorder in grades K-12 and up to age 26.
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)
The Educational Specialist in Leadership (Ed.S.) degree builds upon a master’s degree to prepare current and future leaders. This degree prepares educational leaders to serve in central office administration and also develops leaders in nonprofit and public sector settings.
Gregory Warsen, Ph.D.
Phone: (616) 331-6272
The College of Education offers endorsements at the graduate level for students who already hold a Michigan Teaching Certificate. See PDF links below for the Planned Programs and the College of Education Course List page for full course descriptions.
To view the PDF Planned Program sheets, you will need to use Adobe Reader (using Adobe Reader prevents tab order errors and other inconveniences present in browser-based PDF readers).
Instruction and Curriculum
For additional content area endorsements that may be added to a current teaching certificate, visit the CLAS Academic Advising Center's Endorsements page.
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.
Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership
Grand Valley State University has partnered with other Michigan universities to provide pathways for completing a Doctoral program in Educational Leadership. These programs are designed to develop leaders to demonstrate reflective thought and scholarship within the context of a culturally diverse society.
Gregory Warsen, Ph.D.
Phone: (616) 331-6209
Gainful Employment Disclosure
Grand Valley State University provides an environment that allows students to successfully complete their education and obtain thriving careers. The gainful employment regulation requires certificate programs to meet minimum thresholds with respect to the dept-to-income rates of their graduates. GVSU is engaged with the community to prepare the students for real-life experiences, which allow for gainful employment.
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