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Grand Valley State University    
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Aug 23, 2019
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Master of Education in Instruction and Curriculum - Elementary 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 helps teachers continue their professional growth and advance in competence in their work in elementary school classrooms. The program may be used to develop an academic specialization of work with elementary school children or to explore a field of specialization for present or future professional goals.

Nationally Recognized by Specialty Program Association: Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) Michigan Department of Education approved.

Minimum Number of Hours in Program

The M.Ed. degree in instruction and curriculum with an emphasis in elementary education requires a minimum of 33 credit hours.

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

Requirements for M.Ed. in Elementary Education

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

Social foundations of education (choose one) (3 credits):

Research and evaluation (3 credits):

Core courses (9 credits):

Emphasis area courses (12 credits):

Practicum/graduate field experience (3 credits):

  - Elementary Education Field Experience Credits: 3

Students must apply in advance for each practicum course. Advisor approval is required. Application deadlines (practicum): February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall, September 15 for winter semester.

Capstone - choose one (prerequisite: EDF 660) 3 or 6 credits:

Students should meet with their advisor midway through their program to decide on a capstone and discuss plans for completion. Subject to department approval, capstone courses may be taken in variable amounts from 1-3 credits (693) or 1-6 credits (695) and require continuous enrollment each semester until completed.

Application deadlines (thesis/project): February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall, September 15 for winter semester.

Requirements for Initial Elementary Certification (Graduate teacher Certification)

This program is for post-baccalaureate candidates who do not hold a teaching certificate and wish to pursue elementary education certification. Initial elementary certification candidates must first be admitted to graduate teacher certification, then complete a minimum of 36 credit hours. See Graduate Teacher Certification  section in this catalog for details.

Elementary Endorsement for Students Already Certified

Students already certified and seeking an additional Michigan Elementary Endorsement must have Michigan secondary certification; then complete a minimum of 30 credit hours.