Grand Valley State Universitys Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education features programs in special education administration, emotional impairment, cognitive impairment, and learning disabilities. The program prepares teachers to work effectively with students in a variety of educational settings.

Grand Valley State Universitys 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-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.


M.Ed. in Special Education 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.

Courses Offered

The M.Ed. in Special Education program is a minimum of 33 credits. The M.Ed. includes the coursework required for endorsement eligibility in the relevant emphasis area. 

You can earn a M.Ed. in Special Education in one of the following three emphasis areas. Many of the courses for the Cognitive Impairment emphasis are available in an online format.

See the Full Course List for each emphasis area below:


Grand Valley offers an excellent education at a reasonable cost.

Endorsement Only Option

Information on obtaining a Special Education endorsement only can be found under Graduate Endorsements.

Page last modified November 16, 2017