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Grand Valley State University    
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Aug 18, 2019
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Master of Education in Instruction and Curriculum: Early Childhood Education Emphasis

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

This program prepares teachers, supervisors, and directors in preschools, day care centers, child development centers, Head Start programs, and kindergartens, as well as researchers and program specialists in the field for general and high-risk students.

Nationally recognized by Specialty Program Association: National Association for the Education of Young Child (NAEYC) Michigan Department of Education Approved

Minimum Number of Hours in Program: 33

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


Requirements for Endorsement in Early Childhood Education

Students desiring only the Early Childhood Endorsement (ZA), must complete the following program requirements for a total of 24 semester hours:

One course from either:

Practicum/Graduate Field Experience:


  • Early Childhood standards have changed.  One additional course will be required.  See program advisor for course selection.
  • Candidate adding new endorsement must pass the Michigan Subject Area Test, and maintain a 3.0 GPA.