College of Education

Master of Education in Instruction and Curriculum with an Emphasis in Elementary Education
Faculty

Interested in this program? Apply now or contact the College of Education's Student Information and Services Center for additional information at 616-331-6650 or coeserve@gvsu.edu.


This program helps teachers continue their professional growth and advance in competence in their work in elementary school classrooms. The program may be used to develop an academic specialization of work with elementary school children or to explore a field of specialization for present or future professional goals.  Students are required to complete a minimum of 33 semester hours.


Program Requirements 

Social Foundation Courses. Select One (3 credits):

  • EDF 671 Educational Policy and Practice
  • EDF 672 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

Core Courses (9 credits):

  • EDI 639 Curriculum Development
  • EDI 637 Assessment: K-12 Models and Practices
  • EDI 638 Facilitating School Environments

Emphasis Area Courses (12 credits):

  • EDI 630 Teaching Mathematics: K-8
  • EDI 631 Teaching Science: K-8
  • EDI 633 Teaching Social Studies and Diversity
  • EDR 622 Developmental Literacy for Children

Research Foundation Course (Prerequisite to ED 693/695) (3 credits):

  • EDF 660 Educational Inquiry and Evaluation

One elective (3 credits)

Capstone (Application form required. Apply in advance. Advisor approval required) (3 Credits) Select One:

  • ED 693 Master's Project
  • ED 695 Master's Thesis

Application deadlines (Practicum/Thesis/Project):  February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall,
September 15 for winter semester.

Elementary Endorsement Only

Students already certified and seeking an additional Michigan Elementary Endorsement must: have Michigan secondary certification; take the Elementary emphasis courses:

Reading Methodology Courses (Choose Two):
EDR 622 Developmental Literacy for Children
EDR 627 Literacy Strategies for Content Area
EDR/ENG 631 Teaching Writing

Mathematics Course:
EDI 630 Teaching Mathematics: K-8

Fine and Performing Arts and Movement Course:
EDI 632 Teaching Creative and Performing Arts

Language Arts Courses (Choose One):
EDR 624 Literature for Children
EDR 628 Curriculum and Materials for Language Arts

Science Course:
EDI 631 Teaching Science: K-8

Social Studies Course:
EDI 633 Teaching Social Studies and Diversity

Computer Education Course:
EDT 618 Introduction to Computers in Education

Practicum/Field Experience (Application form required. Apply in advance. Advisor approval required.)
EDI 685A Elementary Education

Receive positive recommendation; maintain a 3.0 GPA; and pass the Michigan Elementary Test.



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