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Grand Valley State University    
2013-2014 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Sep 20, 2018
2013-2014 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Undergraduate Education - Program Description

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

Dean: Collins; Associate Dean: King

Leadership and Learning: Chair: Shinsky; Professors: Armstrong, King, Mack, Sowa-Wojciakowski; Associate Professors: Alston, Busman, Chlebo, Cooper, Geisel, Gu, Hipp, Margulus, McCrea, Patterson, Pickett, Schiller, Stearns, Stolle; Assistant Professors: Bultsma, DeFrance, Diarrassouba, Mitchell, Smith, Storey, Worst; Instructors: Clay, Cleveland, Freudigmann, Helzer, Johnson, Judge, Kalee, Kaletka, Kamps, Melin, Page, Schultz, Shelton, Vlietstra.

Special Education, Foundations, and Technology: Chair: P. Lancaster; Professors: D. Bair, Carson, Cross, Fisher, Grant, S.Lancaster; Associate Professors: Abramson, M. Bair, Lubic, Miller, Subramony, Topper, S. Williams, Wilson; Assistant Professors: Hanks, Harris, Perhamus, Schelling, Siko, O. Williams; Instructors: Helder, Holohan, Koning, Stockton.

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.

Undergraduate Teacher Education Description

The teacher preparation program reflects a belief in strong backgrounds in the liberal arts, familiarity with learning theory, and practical experience in diverse settings. Education faculty teach courses and seminars in educational philosophy and psychology, methods and materials, school organization and management, and technology and assessment. Faculty from the Liberal Arts teach content areas. 

Advising and Course Planning 

Teacher preparation is an upper-division professional program and second major. During the freshman and sophomore years students work toward fulfilling degree requirements, major and minor requirements, and prerequisite courses in education to permit application to the College of Education. Students will have two advisors: an advisor in the student’s teaching major and an education major advisor. Transfer students follow the same dual advising process. Students also consult with education faculty prior to admission. Students should discuss career and employment opportunities with their advisors and with the university career center. Candidates should also review policies in the Undergraduate Teacher Education Student Advising Handbook, available at advising sessions. In addition, advising materials and sample four-year course sequences are available in the College of Education Student Information and Services Center.

Academic Policies

Due to stringent requirements being set forth by the State of Michigan Department of Education, students pursuing initial certification, first or second renewal of their provisional certification, additional endorsement, school counseling license, professional or administrator certification are now being held to a higher standard. Students who have certain misdemeanors, multiple misdemeanors or a felony may be denied and/or not recommended for any level of certification by GVSU College of Education and/or State of Michigan. If a student is recommended to the Michigan Department of Education for provisional certification, additional endorsement, school counseling license, professional or administrator certification, the conviction could have an adverse effect on being granted a certificate. If a certificate is granted, there is no guarantee of employability.

Application Procedures

Deadlines for application to Undergraduate Teacher Education are September 15 for winter admission and field placement; February 1 for fall admission and field placement. Application packets are available at the Student Information and Services Center. Packets must be complete at the time of application. Students who postpone admission must reapply. Students should apply during the semester before they expect to do their first field placement (EDI 330, 331), except for the following:

  1. Student seeking elementary certification with special education endorsements must apply during the winter semester (February 1) for fall admission.
  2. Students seeking a major in music education must apply during the winter semester (February 1) for fall admission (i.e. fall Teacher Assisting).
  3. Students seeking a major in World languages must pass the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) prior to their student teaching semester.

Program Location

DeVos Center, Pew Campus downtown Grand Rapids, MI


Minimum Admission Criteria 

In keeping with National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) guidelines and unit policies, Undergraduate Teacher Education considers students who fulfill the following criteria. As a unit granting secondary admission, admission requirements are those that appear in the Grand Valley State University catalog at the time of application to the unit. Unless otherwise noted, all requirements must be complete at the time of application.

  1. Academic Achievement.
    • An established 2.7 Grand Valley GPA overall and in the teaching major, minor, and Education major program. Some teaching majors may require a higher GPA. Consult the Grand Valley State University catalog. The minimum Grand Valley GPA must be established by the time of application.
      • Most general education requirements completed.
      • Significant progress in the teaching major as determined by the major advisor.
      • Significant progress in the minor as determined by the major advisor.
      • Minor prerequisite courses completed.
      • At least one meeting completed with assigned education advisor.
      • All remaining requirements met.
    • Secondary Review Process: An established 2.699-2.50 Grand Valley GPA overall and in the teaching major, minor and education major program. Some majors may require a minimum 2.8 GPA.
      • Most general education requirements completed.
      • Most requirements in the teaching major completed, as determined by advisor.
      • Subject area and certification tests taken and passed during the semester application is submitted (e.g. September applicants take the October test; February applications take the January or April tests). Secondary candidates take the teaching major and minor tests. Elementary candidates take the elementary test and teaching major test. Special education candidates take the elementary test only.
      • Two meetings completed with assigned education advisor, including a signed Secondary Review Process form submitted with application.
      • All remaining application requirements met. 
  2. Michigan Basic Skills Test. A passing score in each of the three areas of reading, mathematics, and writing as established by the Michigan Department of Education. Students may take the test during the semester of application.
  3. Prerequisite courses may be in progress during the semester of application, but preference will be given to candidates who have completed the requirements at the time of application. A cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better must be established in these three courses, with no grade lower than C and none of these courses recorded as credit or no credit.
    b.) EDI 337 - Introduction to Learning and Assessment  (elementary and secondary general education students only)
    c.) PSY 301 - Child Development .

    Additional required prerequisites for elementary and special education candidates:
    b.) MTH 221  or MTH 222  or MTH 223  Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I or II or III.
  4. Advisor Recommendations. One from the teaching major advisor/department (elementary and secondary general education only) and another from a College of Education advisor.
  5. Positive Recommendation. One from an individual who can address the candidate’s ability as a prospective teacher.
  6. Experience. Documentation of 25 hours of experience with children or youth. The experience must be with the age group for which the applicant intends to seek certification. This would rule out, for example, working in the university tutoring center. Special education candidates should have experience working with persons with disabilities, e.g., camp experience, Special Olympics, respite care. For additional options, contact the Community Service Learning Center.
  7. Academic Progress. Completion of at least 60 semester credits and junior status.
  8. University Requirements. Completion of university course requirements or test equivalents in Writing 150  and Mathematics 110 .
  9. Negative TB Test Report. Current at the time of application.
  10. Felony Conviction Statement. Review procedures for those who have been convicted or pled no contest to a felony or certain misdemeanors are available from the College of Education. Conviction or a plea of no contest may cause the candidate to be denied for admission, field placement, or final certification.
  11. Copies of degree analysis and current course listings of classes being taken at another college or university.
  12. Two copies of current resume on plain white paper.

All admissions decisions will be rendered by the Dean of the College of Education based on faculty recommendations.

Field Placement Requirements

Teacher Assisting (Education EDI 330 , EDI 331 , EDS 332 )

Upon admission to Undergraduate Teacher Education, the student will be placed in teacher assisting for the following semester, contingent upon an interview and acceptance by the school administrator. Students who postpone their entrance after admission must reapply as new applicants if they seek readmission. Field placements are generally made within a 50-mile radius from campus unless further placement is deemed necessary for suitable supervision and effective use of unit resources.

Student Teaching (Education EDI 430  , EDI 431  and EDI 432  , EDS 471 , EDS 472 )

  1. Submission of completed application packet by September 15 for winter placement, February 1 for fall placement.
  2. Completion of Teacher Assisting with a grade of B- or better and positive recommendations.
  3. Completion of EDF 310 , and EDR 320  or EDR 321 , with a B- or better.
  4. Completion of EDT 370 , and EDS 378  or EDS 379  (elementary and secondary general education students only) with a B- or better.
  5. Continued 2.7 GPA overall and in the teaching major, minor, and education major sequence.
  6. Interview and acceptance by school administrator.

Students must inform the Associate Director for Placement if they must withdraw from a field placement course. Notification must be immediate and in writing. Failure to do so will result in removal from the program.

Exit Requirements

Recommendation for the Michigan Provisional Certificate requires the following:

  1. Completion of degree requirements and teaching major, minor, and education major program requirements.
  2. GPA of 2.7 overall and in the teaching major, minor, and education major program.
  3. Grades of B- or better and positive recommendations in professional fieldwork courses, EDF 310 , EDR 320  or EDR 321 , EDT 370 , EDS 378  or EDS 379  (elementary and secondary general education students only), and EDF 485 .
  4. Passing scores on Michigan Subject Area Tests. Elementary candidates must pass the Elementary Test; if they also pass subject area tests in their academic areas or special education endorsement areas, these will also be added to their certificates. Secondary candidates must pass subject area tests in their teaching major and minor.
  5. Current certification of CPR (Adult/Child) Instruction and First Aid (Standard or Basic).
  6. If your criminal background information has changed since you originally applied for admission to the College of Education, contact the Associate Director of the Student Information and Services Center (SISC) to confirm the change(s) are on file in SISC.

General Information

For additional information about opportunities your college offers, please refer to your college’s section in this catalog.