Grand Valley State University's Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership will prepare students for careers as professional educators in leadership positions through lecture and experiential learning activities. The Educational Leadership emphasis is a performance-oriented program focused on theory, research, and practice in effective leadership, curriculum organization and improvement, personnel administration, finance, law, assessment, and other related topics. The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership also offers a Special Education Administration 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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Career Outlook and Opportunities

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 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


  • 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.


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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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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