Grand Valley State University's Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership offers emphasis areas in educational leadership and special education administration. The program emphasizes theory, research, and practice in such areas as effective leadership, curriculum organization and improvement, personnel administration, finance, law, assessment, and other related topics.

To receive the M.Ed in Leadership, students must complete the College of Education foundations requirements and one of the emphasis areas.

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

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

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 Grand Valley?

  • 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.

Courses Offered

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership emphasis in Educational Leadership is a minimum of 33 credits. The emphasis in Special Education Administration is 45 credits.

See PDF links below for the Planned Programs and the College of Education Course List page for full course descriptions. 

Educational Leadership

  • Minimum Credits to Complete the Program: 33 credits
  • Program Type: The Educational Leadership program emphasis in Educational Leadership allows completers to work in K-12th grade administrative settings.
  • 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 Educational Leadership leads to Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Elementary & Secondary Admin K-12 Building Level certification (ES certification).
  • Student Outcomes for Educational Leadership, M.Ed.

Special Education Administration

  • Minimum Credits to Complete the Program: 45 credits
  • Program Type: The Educational Leadership program emphasis in Special Education Administration allows completers to work in K-12th grade Special Education administrative settings.
  • 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.
  • Student Outcomes for Educational Leadership, M.Ed.

ADMISSIONS

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

The $30 application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University.

Graduate Application Dates

*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

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.


FOR MORE INFORMATION

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP  
Rick Vandermolen, Ed.D.  
(616) 331-6272  
vanderri@gvsu.edu  

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION  
Cindi Smith, Ph.D.  
(616) 331-6604  
smithci@gvsu.edu

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