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Grand Valley State University    
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Oct 17, 2018
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Master of Education in Instruction and Curriculum - Secondary Level 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.

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.

This program is designed for teachers who wish to develop their skills and competencies in teaching secondary school students.

Minimum Number of Hours in Program 

The M.Ed. degree in instruction and curriculum with an emphasis in secondary level education requires a minimum of 33 semester hours.

Program Location 
DeVos Center, Pew Grand Rapids Campus, located in downtown Grand Rapids, MI


Requirements for M.Ed. in Secondary Level Education:

Each candidate for the M.Ed. degree must complete the following:

Social foundations of education (choose one):

Research and evaluation:

Core courses (9 credits):

Secondary level emphasis courses (12 credits):

Choose One:

Elective, or approved substitution (3 credits):

  • Elective Credits: 3

Practicum: Application form required. Apply in advance. Advisor approval required. (3 credits)

Capstone (choose one):

Requirements for Initial Secondary Certification

This program is for post-baccalaureate candidates who do not have a teaching certificate and want to pursue secondary certification. Initial secondary certification candidates must first be admitted to graduate teacher certification, then complete 27 credits from:

Candidates must also maintain a 3.0 GPA, possess or complete a secondary teachable minor, pass the Michigan Subject Area test in the minor, and obtain positive recommendations. Completion of 15 additional credits will fulfill M.Ed. degree requirements: two foundation courses, EDI 639, EDI 637 and either EDI 693 or EDI 695.

Secondary Level Endorsement for Students Already Certified

Students already certified and seeking an additional secondary level endorsement must have Michigan elementary certification; have or complete a secondary teachable major or minor, and must complete the following:

Choose one:

Candidates must obtain positive recommendation, maintain a 3.0 GPA, and pass appropriate Michigan Subject Area Tests if adding new subject areas.