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Grand Valley State University    
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Aug 25, 2019
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Master of Education in Educational Leadership: Special Education Administration Emphasis

For additional information about opportunities your college offers, please refer to the College of Education  section of this catalog.

Mission - Teaching, leading, and learning in a democratic society.

Philosophy - Believing that schools function as social and political entities as well as for the growth of individuals, the College of Education prepares teachers and leaders a) to enhance the academic and personal potential of their students, and b) to evaluate the social and ethical implications of educational policies and practices.

- The College of Education values expertise to guide our practice, equity to guide our interactions, liberal education to guide our perspectives, and social responsibility to guide our commitment to democratic education. We value these ideals in our preparation of candidates, our development of faculty, and our relationships with the larger community we serve.

In this program, students develop a theoretical and practical knowledge base in the areas of special education leadership, finance, law, curriculum, and overall program management.  The program is helpful for aspiring administrators of special education who want to expand their skills to provide leadership in the K-12 setting.

Nationally Recognized by Specialty Program Association: Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Minimum Number of Hours in Program
M.Ed. degree requires a minimum of 38 semester hours.

Program Location 
Eberhard Center, Pew Campus downtown Grand Rapids, MI

Web Site:

Supervisor/Director Approval Programs:

Students seeking special education approval as supervisor or director must complete an additional application for admission to the approval program.  The Special Education Supervisor approval program requires the successful completion of:

A passing of the supervisor’s proficiency capstone:

The Special Education Director approval program includes all courses in the special education supervisor’s program.  In addition, candidates complete:

A passing of the director’s proficiency capstone:

A minimum 3.0 GPA is required for both the Supervisor and Director approval programs.