COE Program Information

Undergraduate Education Majors

The GVSU College of Education offers three undergraduate majors - Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. In all of your courses, you will learn the most effective, research-based teaching methods to help you meet the unique needs of each of your students.

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

Student Advising Handbook

The Student Advising Handbook provides information on the Undergraduate Teacher Education requirements, and identifies available teachable major and minor programs. Use it as a guide to ensure you meet program requirements, as well as professional and certification requirements.


Field Placement Criteria

If you are considering declaring a major in education, make sure you can meet the requirements necessary to receive a placement for teacher assisting and student teaching.