Make a Difference.

Research has demonstrated the critical role teachers play in student success. Our goal is to ensure our candidates possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to create equitable learning environments that foster success for all children. We are committed to developing high-quality educators who serve their communities and promote equity and social responsibility. The College of Education faculty and staff are dedicated to supporting your learning and growth throughout the program so you can realize your goal of becoming a highly skilled teacher.


Undergraduate Program Options

Our three undergraduate majors offer a balance of the broad knowledge, thinking, and exploration found in the liberal arts combined with extensive opportunities to interact and engage with preK-12 schools. As a student here, you will learn and practice teaching through diverse field experiences in real classrooms. Choose a major that ignites your passion for teaching.

Elementary Education

This program will prepare you to teach all subject areas in grades K-5. In addition, you will be prepared to teach in a subject areas of your choice in grades K-8.

Secondary Education

This program will prepare you to teach in grades 6-12 in the subject areas you select.

Special Education

This program will prepare you to teach: 

  • All subjects, grades K-5
  • Special education in grades K-12
  • Special education programs for adults with disabilities up to age 26

What Sets us Apart

<p>Undergraduate students begin their teacher preparation coursework in their first year.</p>

Undergraduate students begin their teacher preparation coursework in their first year.

<p>Scholarships are available.</p>

Scholarships are available.

<p>College of Education graduates are highly sought out to teach overseas or in military schools.</p>

College of Education graduates are highly sought out to teach overseas or in military schools.

<p>Teachers are in high demand nationwide.</p>

Teachers are in high demand nationwide.

<p>Students receive dedicated faculty advisors specializing in your area of interest.</p>

Students receive dedicated faculty advisors specializing in your area of interest.

<p>COE teacher candidates positively impact preK-12 student learning across all grade levels and all content areas.</p>

COE teacher candidates positively impact preK-12 student learning across all grade levels and all content areas.


Steps for Becoming a Teacher

The GVSU College of Education will prepare you to become a teacher who supports your students as learners and members of their community. You will learn the most effective, research-based teaching methods to help you meet the unique needs of each of your students.


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.


TRIO Teacher Preparation Student Support Services

TRIO Teacher Preparation Student Support Services (TPSSS) provides support to Grand Valley State University undergraduate students who are first generation, meet federal income guidelines, and are pursuing a K-12 teaching degree. TPSSS provides students with enhanced academic and personal support through advising, coaching, test preparation, and tutoring.


Student Experience

Ellie reading a picture book to young students

“The College of Education provides a community-focused learning space where our achievements are strengthened by faculty who believe in us and are committed to our success.”

Ellie Harnden, College of Education class of 2020

Certification

The College of Education prepares you to apply for your teaching certification through the Michigan Department of Education. This process involves first taking the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification exam. Then once you have completed all the requirements needed for certification, you will need to apply for your certification through the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS).


Transfer Students

Are you transferring to GVSU to continue your studies to become a teacher? A College of Education advisor would be happy to meet with you to review our programs and help you figure out how to transfer your courses.


Resources

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