Advanced Degrees & Endorsements

The application period is now open! Access the application here.

Applications open until Sept. 9. Essay is due Nov. 4. Applicants are selected for interviews around Nov. 8. Applicants are notified if selected by Jan. 31. Classes begin May 5.

To learn more about the application process, visit this page.

For Current Teachers

Take your teaching or consulting to the next level with an advanced endorsement degree through a graduate program - at no cost to you. 

Current, certified teachers and consultants in elementary through secondary levels are invited to apply for the Teacher Collaborative’s Endorsements & Advanced Degree track. Pursue an endorsement in an area of need in your district through GVSU coursework and West Michigan Teacher Collaborative will pay the tuition.

To be considered, applicants must -

  • Be currently licensed and employed in a West Michigan Teacher Collaborative partner school district (in Kent, Muskegon, or Ottawa Area ISD). You must provide proof of current licensure and employment
  • Agree to serve as a mentor for West Michigan Teacher Collaborative Residency participants in the future
  • Be passionate about the field of education and the opportunities this will provide for your students and community

Endorsements and degrees currently available:

  • M.Ed. in Literacy Studies: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages/English as a Second Language endorsement (NS)
  • M.Ed. in Literacy Studies: K-12 Reading Specialist (BR)
  • M.Ed. in Special Education: Specific Learning Disabilities (SM)
  • M.Ed. in Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorder (SV)
  • M.Ed. in Special Education: Cognitive Impairment (SA)
  • M.Ed. in School Counseling: (NT)
  • M.Ed. in Literacy Studies Elementary Reading Endorsement (BT)
  • M.Ed. in Literacy Studies Secondary Reading Endorsement (BT)