Master of Education Scholarship Program

The GVSU Charter Schools Office offers financial support to educators employed at GVSU-authorized charter schools who wish to participate in graduate courses to earn a variety of graduate degrees, certifications and endorsements. 

The scholarship provides 50% tuition coverage for those with less than five years of employment at a GVSU-authorized charter school, and 80% tuition coverage for those with five or more years of employment at the same GVSU-authorized charter school.

Eligible graduate courses include all offered by the GVSU College of Education, and specific courses offered by the Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Scholarships are based on the availability of funds each semester and are awarded on a first come, first served basis for those who complete all requirements. 
  • Only individuals employed at GVSU authorized charter schools, in full-time positions requiring a teaching or administrator certificate, are eligible for the scholarship.
  • Scholarship funds are limited to twelve (12) credits per person, per academic year (Fall Semester through Spring/Summer Semester).
  • In order to receive scholarship funds, applicants must complete the scholarship application before each semester.

Scholarship Application Window and Access

The scholarship application for Winter 2021 Semester be open from October 26th, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. to December 14th, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.


Graduate Degrees and Offered Emphases

Grand Valley State University's Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership offers emphasis areas in educational leadership and special education administration. The program emphasizes theory, research, and practice in such areas as effective leadership, curriculum organization and improvement, personnel administration, finance, law, assessment, and other related topics. Learn more about the Educational Leadership program.

Grand Valley State University's Educational Specialist in Leadership (Ed.S) degree builds upon the master's degree to prepare current and future leaders who are well-equipped to deal with the complex challenges of an ever-changing educational environment. Learn more about the Educational Specialist in Leadership program.

Grand Valley State University's 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. The program prepares teachers and leaders to enhance the potential of their students and to evaluate the social and ethical implications of educational policies and practices. Learn more about the Educational Technology program.

Grand Valley State University's Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education offers an emphasis in Adult and Higher Education and in College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL). The program is designed for students who wish to develop competencies in teaching adult students and for individuals interested in college or university institutional affairs and administration. Learn more about the Higher Education program.

Grand Valley State University's Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Instruction and Curriculum features programs in emphasis areas of advanced content specialization, early childhood education, educational differentiation, elementary education, and secondary level education. Learn more about the Instruction and Curriculum program.

Students completing the Master of Education in Literacy become literacy leaders in one of three areas; Elementary and Secondary Reading, K-12 Reading Specialist, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Learn more the Literacy Studies program.

Grand Valley State University's Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling prepares students to work as school counselors in K-12 public and private school systems. The M.Ed. in School Counseling program leads to a school counselor endorsement or a school counselor license in Michigan to be used in a school setting. Learn more about the School Counseling program.

Grand Valley State University's Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education features programs in autism spectrum disorder, cognitive impairment, emotional impairment, and learning disabilities. The program prepares teachers to work effectively with students with disabilities in a variety of educational settings, and to effectively manage the classroom by adjusting practices according to individual student needs. Learn more about the Special Education programs.

GVSU offers "undergraduate" endorsements and "graduate" level endorsements for those who already hold a valid Michigan teaching certificate.

Undergraduate Endorsements include the same teachable majors and minors offered to undergraduate students completing their initial certification.

The College of Education offers Graduate Endorsements for educational leadership, literacy, special education, and instruction and curriculum. 

Learn more about available endorsements.

Grand Valley State University's Professional Master of Arts in Social Innovation (PMASI) is designed to prepare individuals to foster and lead innovation throughout their organizations, businesses, and communities in ways that impact daily operations and strategic goals. Learn more about the PMASI program. 


Contact Information

GVSU Charter Schools Office
Jayme Lesperance
(616) 331-6964
lesperja@gvsu.edu 

College of Education
Amy Dunn
(616) 331-6676
dunnam@gvsu.edu 

College of Education
Suzanne Richards
(616) 331-6277
richarsu@gvsu.edu

Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Wendy Burns-Ardolino
(616) 331-8189
burnsarw@gvsu.edu 

Student Accounts
Jody Reid
(616) 331-2208
reidj@gvsu.edu

Office of Financial Aid
(616) 331-3234
finaid@gvsu.edu

(866) 907-0928
tuition@nhaschools.com