Admission to Educational Specialist Program
Admission to Educational Specialist Degree in Leadership Program
All students seeking the Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Leadership Program must be formally admitted to graduate study.
A maximum of six graduate credits earned prior to graduate admission may apply to degree requirements.
In addition to university admissions requirements in the GVSU Catalog, students must meet the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Admission Criteria:
- A master’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
- A one-/two-page Essay/Personal Statement of your career goals and how the Educational Specialist Program at GVSU will help you achieve your educational and professional objective.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- A verified background check from a current employer or fingerprinting through the College of Education is required prior to registering for EDL 770.
- Copy of current resume (see below).
Current resume must include the following:
- Title of master’s project or thesis, degrees received with dates, institutions, majors and minors.
- Listing of employment.
- Description of leadership experience, dates, and location.
- Presentations, publications, memberships, and professional development.
NOTE: As of 4/19/2019, Official GRE General test scores are no longer required for admission to the Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Leadership Program.
Graduate Applications Deadlines
*NOTE: Early application is strongly encouraged. Applicants will be admitted on the basis of program approval. When all application materials have been received, Admissions will forward the complete portfolio for consideration to the College of Education – Student Information and Services Center. Once an application is complete, candidates should allow 4-6 weeks for written notification of their admission status.
- May 15 — Fall Semester Application Intake
- September 15 — Winter Semester Application Intake
- February 15 — Spring/Summer Semester Application Intake
Policies and Procedures
Following is a partial listing of policies and procedures pertinent to candidates in Graduate Studies in Education.
Master of Education Degree
- Admission – Admission criteria are those stated in the university online catalog at time of application.
- Master’s Degree Planned Program – Candidates seeking a master’s degree must review and sign a planned program with a graduate advisor.
- Prior Credits – A maximum of 6 semester hours taken at GVSU prior to formal degree-seeking admission may be applied toward a degree program.
- Transfer Credits – Up to 9 semester hours earned from regionally accredited institutions may be transferred if they: (a) were taken within 5 years prior to the candidate’s admission as degree-seeking, (b) are B (3.0) or better, (c) match GVSU course descriptions and semester hour requirements, and (d) are approved by a program advisor. Official transcripts for these credits must be on file in the GVSU Records Office along with the approved university transfer of credit form. Note, transfer credits that are assigned a grade of credit (CR) must be accompanied by documentation from the transferring institution stating that the CR is equivalent to a B (3.0) or better.
- Time Limitation – Candidates must complete the degree in 8 years. This time limit begins with the first credit that is used for the degree, which may be a transfer credit.
- Grade Requirement – To earn a master’s degree, a candidate must maintain an overall GPA of B (3.0) or better on the courses (and only those courses) listed on the degree program. Grades below “C” will figure in a candidate’s overall GPA, but the credits will not count toward the degree.
- Degree Audit Process – Candidates must initiate the degree audit by contacting the Records Office early (i.e., first week) in the semester they expect to complete requirements by calling - 616-331-3327.
Professional Certificate, Endorsement, and Approval Programs
- Admission – Admission criteria are those stated in GVSU's online catalog and program materials at the time of application.
- Certificate, Endorsement, or Approval Planned Programs – Candidates seeking a Standard Teaching Certificate, endorsement, or approval must review and sign a planned program with a graduate advisor.
- Substitute Credits – Credits earned at regionally accredited institutions may be substituted for courses listed on a planned program if they: (a) match GVSU course descriptions and credit hour requirements, (b) are B (3.0) or better, and (c) are approved by a program advisor. Official transcripts for these courses must be on file in the GVSU Records Office; however, the university transfer of credit form does not need to be completed. Note, undergraduate courses approved by a COE advisor may substitute for graduate courses on endorsement and/or approval programs – not master’s degree programs. Also, undergraduate courses may be used toward the Professional Certificate if approved by a COE advisor before enrolling in the course(s). All courses used for the professional development must be completed after the issuance of the candidate’s Standard Teaching Certification.
- Coursework Limitation – At least one half (50%) of the credits required in the planned program must be taken at GVSU.
- Time Limitation – If State of Michigan requirements change before a candidate completes the planned program, the candidate will be required to meet the new requirements.
- Grade Requirement – To earn a certificate, endorsement, and/or approval, a candidate must maintain an overall GPA of B (3.0) or better on the courses (and only those courses) listed on the planned program. Grades below “C” will figure in a candidate’s GPA, but the credits will not count toward the certificate, endorsement, and/or approval.
- Reading Requirement – Candidates for Professional certification must have met state requirements for coursework in reading (6 semester credits for elementary, 3 semester credits for secondary). In addition, an approved diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities and differentiated instruction course (3 semester credits) is required for the Professional Certificate.
- Test Requirement – Candidates applying for initial certification or new endorsement must show satisfactory scores on the Michigan Subject Area Test(s). Candidates for initial certification must also have passing scores on the SAT test or an alternative test.
- Applying for Professional Certificate, Endorsement, Administrator Certificate or Approval – Upon completion of program requirements, candidates must have a MEIS account and initiate the certification recommendation process by self-registering through the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS). For instructions on how to create your MEIS account and apply for your Professional, renewal, administrator, or endorsement, go to: www.michigan.gov/moecs
- Conviction Record/Denial, Revocation of Certificate - In compliance with Michigan regulations, information on a previous conviction record is requested upon application for practicum (not required for CSAL or AHE practica) or change in certification status. Applicants who have been convicted or pled no contest to a felony or certain misdemeanors may be denied admission, field placement or certification. Certification may be denied for fraud, material misrepresentation or concealment in the application for a certificate.
In addition to the policies and procedures listed on this page, candidates are also expected to be familiar with all policies contained in the graduate section of GVSU's online catalog, especially the following sections:
- Admission to Grand Valley
- General Academic Policies and Regulations