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There are many important reasons to pursue a graduate degree in Education from Grand Valley State University. Whether your reason is to qualify for new opportunities, seek professional renewal and development, or move up the salary schedule, our broad selection of programs has the right fit for you. We can provide you with the additional support you need to give every child's brilliance a place to shine.
In addition to Education graduate degrees, GVSU also offers endorsements at the graduate level for educators who already hold a Michigan Teaching Certificate.
Graduate Program Options
GVSU offers opportunities to pursue a Master's in Education in a variety of areas, as well as an Educational Specialist in Leadership degree and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (in partnership with Eastern Michigan University).
Graduate Teaching Certification (GTC) Program
This intensive, one-year, full-time teacher training program is designed for adults who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college and who already have, or are willing to acquire, a "teachable" major (and possibly a teachable minor) prior to joining the program.
Graduate Endorsements for Teaching
GVSU offers endorsements at the graduate level for students who already hold a Michigan Teaching Certificate.
Graduate Certificate in Online/Blended Instruction
Graduate Certificate in English as a Second Language (ESOL)
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.
“I was able to attain financial support to attend conferences, workshops, and professional development opportunities, which enhanced my understanding of higher education policies, practices, and procedures. In turn, I developed meaningful professional relationships, which propelled me into a professional position in the field of higher education.”
—Taylor Boyd, Master of Education in Higher Education with an Emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership / Class of 2017
Graduate Program Steps
We're glad you're considering an Education graduate degree from Grand Valley State University. Each of our graduate programs offers the connections, experiences, and superior value you need to open more doors, create more opportunities, and set yourself apart.
The Laker Lifetime Learning (L3) account is available for alumni to use for future classes at GVSU.
GVSU is committed to supporting Education 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.
Project or Thesis Handbooks
Towards the end of your graduate degree program, you will complete a 693 project course or 695 thesis course. Handbooks for the project and thesis, project/thesis samples, and other M.Ed. Capstones resources are available to assist students in completing their project or thesis.
Certification & Renewals
Faculty and staff are here to help you navigate the state certification system. Detailed information is available online, or you can contact the Certification Officer directly with any certification questions.
Faculty & Staff
With a commitment to educational principles such as active learning, interaction of theory and practice, and learning relevancy, the Education faculty and staff are committed to providing students with the personalized attention needed to become leaders in their fields.
This page houses a variety of online resources to support Education students.