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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.
Values - 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 reading/language arts program leading to the M.Ed. degree provides elementary and secondary teachers with the appreciation, theory, and practical skills needed to teach various areas of reading and language arts. The program is helpful for K-12 classroom teachers who want to expand their abilities to work with students in language arts programs as well as for other professionals who support students’ literacy acquisition.
Nationally Recognized by Specialty Program Association: International Reading Association (IRA)
Michigan Department of Education
Minimum Number of Hours in Program
All degree-seeking students in the reading/language arts master’s program are required to take a minimum of 33 semester hours. If a candidate is pursuing the reading specialist K-12 endorsement, they must complete the 36 credit hours of the reading specialist program.
DeVos Center, Pew Campus downtown Grand Rapids, MI