First Detroit-area cohort of teachers graduates from charter schools assistance program

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About 70 teachers from several Grand Valley State University-authorized charter schools on the southeast side of the state have earned advanced degrees through the university’s Master of Education program.

The teachers and administrators who earned their degrees were part of the first cohort of working professionals from the Detroit area to have half of their tuition costs covered by Grand Valley’s Charter Schools Office. 

The teachers selected for the cohort completed three years of courses held at Schoolcraft Community College to earn degrees in Educational Leadership. Future cohorts will use Grand Valley’s Detroit Center beginning in the Spring/Summer term of 2013.

The tuition reimbursement program is also available on the west side of the state. Classes are held on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. Participants who attend courses in Grand Rapids can earn degrees in a variety of education-based programs, including master’s degrees in: Instruction and Curriculum with an Emphasis in Educational Differentiation, Leadership with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership, Educational Technology, Leadership with an Emphasis in Special Education Administration, Instruction and Curriculum with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Leadership.

The Charter Schools Office is currently recruiting teachers and administrators from Detroit area Grand Valley-authorized charter schools to take part in the next cohort, which will focus on a M.Ed. in Special Administration Leadership with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities.

For more information, visit gvsu.edu/cso.