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Grand Valley State University    
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Aug 24, 2019
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Master of Education in Special Education: Early Childhood Developmental Delay Emphasis

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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.

The Early Childhood Developmental Delay Program (ECDD) prepares teachers and supervisors in the processes of screening, diagnosing, and designing individualized instructional programs for young children with developmental and handicapping problems.

Nationally Recognized by Specialty Program Association: Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Michigan Department of Education Approval

Admission Requirements, Retention, and Termination Standards
Students who are degree seeking and are working for special education endorsement are required to take additional courses beyond the normal requirements for the master’s degree. Students who want to enroll in a master’s degree program and are not seeking special education endorsement should select a master’s degree emphasis program and consult with a special education graduate advisor to develop a program consisting of foundations and emphasis coursework, including research applications.

Minimum Number of Hours in Program
All degree-seeking students are required to take a minimum of 33 semester hours, including foundation, emphasis courses and capstone.

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


Requirements for M.Ed. in Early Childhood Developmental Delay

Social Foundations of Education (Choose one):

Emphasis Area Courses:

Elective (if not seeking ZA endorsement), take anytime (advisor approval required):

  • Elective Credits:3

Practicum (take if seeking ZA endorsement):

  • EDS 685J - Early Childhood Developmental Delay Credits: 3 or 6

Research and Evaluation:

Capstone (choose one):

Requirements for Early Childhood Developmental Delay (ZA-ECDD) (single endorsement):

Students must hold one endorsement in Special Education. Candidates adding a new endorsement must pass the Michigan Subject Area Tests and maintain a 3.0 GPA and complete the following courses: