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

GVSU's undergraduate Education 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 students from Birth through 12th grade. 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.

Birth to Kindergarten

This program will prepare you to teach Young Children (Birth to Kindergarten) in both general and special education settings.

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

Program Resources

Steps to Teacher Certification

GVSU's Education Programs provide steps to become a certified teacher through the Michigan Department of Education.

How to Become a Teacher

Scholarships Available for Students

GVSU has many scholarships specifically designed for future teachers and students during their Teacher Internship.

Explore Scholarship Opportunities

Study Abroad Programs

Complete your Teacher Apprenticeship or Teacher Internship in international schools, and explore the International Teaching Certificate that prepares you to be culturally competent in a global society.

Study Abroad Opportunities

MTTC Study Guides and Resources

Prepare for the Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification by reviewing free study guides and flash cards.

Michigan Test for Teacher Certification Information

Student Community Groups and Clubs

The Education Programs have multiple clubs and groups that support future teachers, including TRIO Teacher Preparation Student Support Services.

Explore the Education Programs
Student Community

Apply for Teacher Certification

After completing your program, remember to apply for your teacher certification through Michigan Department of Education.

How to Apply for State Certification


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.


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


Page last modified January 9, 2023