Grand Valley State University's Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Instruction and Curriculum features programs in emphasis areas of advanced content specialization, early childhood education, educational differentiation, elementary education, and secondary level education.

Grand Valley State University's College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and adheres to standards set forth by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The faculty are leaders in their fields, melding together the philosophy of education and your needs as a practitioner.

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CAREER OUTLOOK AND OPPORTUNITIES

15% JOB GROWTH
15% JOB GROWTH
2015-2026
$57,730-$92,940 MEAN ANNUAL SALARY
$57,730-$92,940 MEAN ANNUAL SALARY
DEPENDING ON JOB TITLE
99% PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE RATE
99% PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE RATE

The annual national mean salary for instructional coordinators is $64,878 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Elementary school teachers earned a yearly mean salary of $57,730 in 2015, while secondary school teachers made a mean yearly salary of $60,440. Elementary and secondary school administrators, including principals, assistant principals and school administrators, earned a yearly average of $92,940. Education Consultants make around $94,839 in Grand Rapids, Michigan according to Salary.com. Overall employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026. Instruction and Curriculum graduates often hold the following job titles:

  • Instructional coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Instructor
  • Professor
  • Consultant

Why study Instruction and Curriculum at Grand Valley?

  • Career-oriented. The program opens up a number of career opportunities for professional renewal and development of 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.

Courses Offered

The M.Ed. in Instruction and Curriculum program is a minimum of 33 credits.

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

  • Program Type: The Instruction and Curriculum program emphasis in Early Childhood prepares completers to work in early childhood Pre-K settings, from birth through age 8 (3rd grade).
  • MTTC Certification Test: To be certified in the state of Michigan, candidates must take and pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) for Early Childhood Education: General and Special Education (106). Test information and registration is available on the MTTC website.
  • MDE Endorsement Code: The Instruction and Curriculum program emphasis in Elementary Education leads to Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Early Childhood Pk-General And Special Education certification (ZS endorsement).
  • Student Outcomes for Instruction and Curriculum, M.Ed. - Early Childhood Education Emphasis
  • Program Type: The Instruction and Curriculum program emphasis in Educational Differentiation prepares completers to understand and adapt lessons to the needs of students with exceptional abilities in a mixed-ability classroom.
  • MTTC Certification Test: There is not a Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) for the Instruction and Curriculum program emphasis in Educational Differentiation program at this time.
  • MDE Endorsement Code: The Instruction and Curriculum program emphasis in Educational Differentiation does not lead to Michigan Department of Education (MDE) endorsement.
  • Student Outcomes for Instruction and Curriculum, M.Ed. (Elementary, Secondary, Differentiation emphases)
  • Program Type: The Instruction and Curriculum program emphasis in Elementary Education prepares completers in advanced content area instructional methods for the elementary classroom, curriculum development, assessment practices, and building a positive school and classroom environment. Candidates also engage in a research application course where they address a problem relevant to elementary teaching.
  • MTTC Certification Test: There is not a Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) for the Instruction and Curriculum program emphasis in Elementary Education program at this time.
  • MDE Endorsement Code: The Instruction and Curriculum program emphasis in Elementary Education does not lead to Michigan Department of Education (MDE) endorsement. Certified Michigan Secondary teachers who are interested in adding the elementary endorsement to their Teaching Certification should pursue the Elementary endorsement.
  • Student Outcomes for Instruction and Curriculum, M.Ed. (Elementary, Secondary, Differentiation emphases)
  • Program Type: The Instruction and Curriculum program emphasis in Secondary Education prepares completers in advanced content area instructional methods for the secondary classroom, curriculum development, assessment practices, and building a positive school and classroom environment. Candidates also engage in a research application course where they address a problem relevant to secondary teaching.
  • MTTC Certification Test: There is not a Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) for the Instruction and Curriculum program emphasis in Secondary Education program at this time.
  • MDE Endorsement Code: The Instruction and Curriculum program emphasis in Secondary Education does not lead to Michigan Department of Education (MDE) endorsement. Certified Michigan Elementary teachers who are interested in adding a secondary endorsement to their Teaching Certification should pursue the Secondary endorsement.
  • Student Outcomes for Instruction and Curriculum, M.Ed. (Elementary, Secondary, Differentiation emphases)

In addition to the M.Ed. options, the College of Education also offers graduate endorsements in a number of programs for students who already hold a Michigan Teaching Certificate.


Admissions

M.Ed. in Instruction and Curriculum 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.

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

View the Admissions Requirements


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

For more information, contact one of the following people:

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Kathryn Ohle, Ph.D.

(616) 331-6662
ohlek@gvsu.edu

EDUCATIONAL DIFFERENTIATION
Kelly Margot, Ph.D.

(616) 331-6247
margotk@gvsu.edu

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
Ellen Schiller, Ph.D.

(616) 331-7126
schillee@gvsu.edu

SECONDARY EDUCATION
Doug Busman, Ph.D.

(616) 331-6831
busmando@gvsu.edu

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