Teacher Preparation Programs

Undergraduate and Initial Certification

Welcome to the Teacher Preparation program at Grand Valley State University. Faculty and staff in the College of Education are committed to preparing and supporting highly skilled teachers who care deeply about the success of their students. Over the past decade educational researchers as well as researchers in the areas of cognitive, neuro, and improvement sciences have added so much information to our knowledge base. In addition, educators across the country are engaging in collaborative work that will serve to lift the status of the profession. We, in the College of Education, are thrilled to be a part of this work and look forward to sharing it with you.

Our teacher preparation program is an upper-division professional program offering a rich balance of the broad knowledge, thinking, and exploration found in the liberal arts combined with extensive, situated, supported practice in our P-12 schools. In fact, one of the hallmarks of our programs is the diverse field experiences and opportunities for practice we provide. If you are looking for information about our programs, please feel free to explore the site. If you find that you still have questions, give us a call at 616-331-6650 or email: coeserve@gvsu.edu

Thank you for visiting our website,

Paula Lancaster
Director of Teacher Education and Chair of Teaching and Learning
College of Education
Grand Valley State University


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