Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education

Grand Valley State University's 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 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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Why study Special Education

  • 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.

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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:

Endorsement Only Option

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


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.

View the Admissions Requirements for Special Education

Graduate Applications 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


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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