College of Education graduate programs prepare students for a variety of personal and professional goals including the master's degree, provisional and professional certification and renewals, additional endorsements, state approvals, and professional development. The graduate program provides an opportunity for educators to expand their knowledge of the learning process and their repertoire of methods and skills.

Courses are offered primarily at the L.V. Eberhard Center and the Richard M. DeVos Center in downtown Grand Rapids. Times vary from day and nights to weekends and summers only. Many courses are also offered at GVSU sites throughout Michigan.

Programs

The College of Education offers graduate programs leading to:

  • Master of Education Degrees (M.Ed.)
  • Educational Specialist Degrees (Ed.S.)
  • Michigan Provisional Certifications
  • Michigan Professional Certifications
  • Michigan Administrator Certifications
  • Michigan School Counseling licenses and endorsements
  • Michigan certification renewals and approvals
  • Content area endorsements
  • Professional development

The graduate level initial certification program, Graduate Teacher Certification (GTC), is for candidates who already possess an approved baccalaureate degree.

The major function of the graduate program is to create opportunities for professional renewal and development. The graduate program attempts to increase knowledge and understanding of the learning process and the repertoire of teaching methods and skills. The graduate program offers the M.Ed. degree in seven major areas: Educational Technology, Higher Education, Instruction and Curriculum, Educational Leadership, Literacy Studies, School Counseling, and Special Education.

Beyond the graduate program, the College of Education offers the Educational Specialist degree in Leadership (Ed.S.). This degree program builds on the master’s degree and develops leadership practitioners for school and/or central office administrative positions. The program provides district leaders with meaningful clinical experiences, case methods of teaching, and pragmatic curriculum geared to the specific knowledge and skills required by district leaders and superintendents at different career stages.

Events

Graduate Practicum, Project and Thesis Application Deadline - Winter 2016

September 15, 2015 All Day

Online Application Application Deadlines for Practicums, Internships, Projects, and Theses If you are planning to complete a graduate practicum, internship, project, or thesis, please apply at...

Doctorate in Educational Leadership Informational Session; Partnership with EMU

September 17, 2015 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The GVSU College of Education is continuing to work with Eastern Michigan University on the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program. EMU will be starting another cohort of doctoral students in...

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News

M.Ed. selected as a Best Online Graduate Education Program

January 12, 2015

The Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Technology has been selected as one of U.S. News 2015 Best Online Graduate Education Programs.

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