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. GVSU's 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 programs offer a balance of the broad knowledge, thinking, and exploration found in the liberal arts, combined with extensive opportunities to interact and engage with Pre-K through 12th grade schools. As a future teacher, 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 Lower Elementary (PK-3rd Grade) or Upper Elementary (3rd-6th Grade).

Secondary Education

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

Special Education

This program will prepare you to teach: 

  • All subjects, grades PK-3rd or grades 3rd-6th
  • Special education in grades K-12th
  • Special education programs for children and adults with disabilities up to age 26

What Sets us Apart

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

Scholarships are available.

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

Teachers are in high demand nationwide.

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

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


Steps for Becoming a Teacher

GVSU's Education programs 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 is 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 teacher certification. 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

“GVSU's Education program 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, Special Education major / class of 2020

Certification

GVSU's Education programs prepare 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? An Education program 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 GVSU's Education students.