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Grand Valley State University    
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
    
 
  Oct 17, 2018
 
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Master of Education in Special Education - Emotional Impairment Emphasis


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

Website: www.gvsu.edu/coe/grad/

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.

Accreditation
Nationally Recognized by Specialty Program Association: Council for Exceptional Children
Michigan Department of Education Approved

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

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.

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

Requirements for M.Ed. in Special Education: Emotional Impairment


Candidates for the M.Ed. degree must complete the following courses.

Social foundations of education - choose one (take early in program) (3 credits):

Research foundations coursework: Take early in program.

Emotional impairment courses (24 credits)

Practicum/graduate field experience (3 credits):

  •   - Emotional Impairment Practicum 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 Emotional Impairment K-12 Endorsement


Candidates for this program must possess a valid Michigan teaching certificate. Candidates adding a new endorsement must pass the Michigan Subject Area Tests and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Completion of both EDS 636 and EDS 638 satisfy the state reading requirements for special education students (both courses required).

Special education course required for EI candidates who DO NOT hold a special education endorsement (take first) (3 credits):

Pre-teaching course - required for EI candidates who DO NOT hold a special education endorsement (application required) (Candidates with approved special education experiences may seek a waiver of the EDS 550 requirement) (6 credits)

Elective course required for EI candidates who DO hold a special education endorsement - advisor approval required (3 credits):

  • Elective  Credits: 3

Emotional impairment courses required for ALL EI candidates (24 credits)

Practicum/graduate field experience required for ALL EI candidates (6 credits):

  •   - Emotional Impairment Practicum Credits: 6

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.