The undergraduate teacher preparation program at Grand Valley State University is an upper-division professional program. The program reflects a belief in strong liberal art backgrounds, familiarity with learning theory, and practical experience in diverse settings. Education courses are taught by faculty from the College of Education, and focus on educational philosophy, methods, materials, school organization, classroom management, technology, and assessment. Likewise, most content area courses are taught by faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
During their freshman, sophomore, and junior years, students work toward fulfilling degree requirements and prerequisite courses in education to permit application to the undergraduate teacher education program. Students may complete a general education major in elementary or secondary education, or pursue a special education major.
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