The M.Ed in Educational Leadership Special Education Administration emphasis allows graduates to work in K-12th grade Special Education administrative settings. This emphasis is known for its comprehensive approach to preparing students for the many facets of special education administration including leadership theory, programs and services, law, curriculum and instruction, and evaluation. The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership also offers an Educational Leadership emphasis.

Grand Valley State University's College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The faculty are leaders in their fields, combining the philosophy of education and your needs as a practitioner.

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$72,000 AVERAGE SALARY
$72,000 AVERAGE SALARY
(DEPENDING ON THE JOB)
CAN MAKE $98,000+ PER YEAR
CAN MAKE $98,000+ PER YEAR
100% ACCEPTANCE RATE
100% ACCEPTANCE RATE
IN 2018

The master's degree is quickly becoming today’s bachelor’s degree. Today's careers require increased levels of education to manage advanced technology. This is as true in education, as it is in industry. An M.Ed. can create advancement opportunities and give you the competitive edge you need to get to where you want to be in this competitive job market. Depending on the position (according to payscale.com) an educator's salary ranges between $49,000 to $98,000 with a national average wage of $72,000. M.Ed. graduates often hold the following job titles:

  • P-12 teacher
  • Administrator
  • Counselor
  • Special education supervisor
  • College-level professional
  • Administrator
  • School principal
  • Superintendent
  • Executive

WHY STUDY EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AT GVSU?

  • Career-oriented. The program opens up a number of career opportunities for professional educators.
  • Service. The College of Education Student Information and Services Center provides centralized services for advising, program planning, field placement, and certification.
  • Flexible. Evening, weekend, and summer classes make it easier for teachers and administrators to plan their schedules. Some classes are offered online.
  • Accredited. The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • Accomplished Faculty. 100% of COE faculty have experience in the education field. 80% have doctoral degrees.

Course Offerings

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership emphasis in Special Education Administration is 45 credits.

See the program plan and the College of Education Course List page for full course descriptions. 

  • Minimum Credits to Complete the Program: 45 credits
  • MTTC Certification Test: There is not a Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) for this program at this time.
  • MDE Endorsement Code: The Educational Leadership program emphasis in Special Education Administration leads to Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Elementary & Secondary Admin K-12 Building Level certification (ES certification).
  • Special Education Approvals: Special Education Director/Supervisor Approvals are available after completion of this program through your School District. You must contact your school district (ISD) office for information and applications.

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Admissions

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership admission requirements and application for admission are available online.

The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley.

Graduate Application Dates

Applications for the College of Education Graduate Studies programs are now being accepted for Spring/Summer 2020Fall 2020, and Winter 2021.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis, for a limited time.

Admissions Requirements


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Cost

For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.


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