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Why study teacher education at Calvin?


Calvin's Education Program prepares the kind of teachers that children remember well beyond the end of the school year—the kind of teachers who have immeasurable impact.

What sets us apart...

  • Education Program faculty members are committed, Christian educators with years of experience in schools. Faculty are active in education-related research, writing, and grant work with teachers in the U.S. and internationally.
  • You will participate in field experiences in a variety of schools and grade levels throughout the program. Professors will support and guide you during these experiences. The Service-Learning Center also promotes community involvement.
  • Calvin's commitment to academic excellence ensures that you will be challenged as you think about education-related issues.
  • Choose from over 30 teachable major and minor subject areas:
  • Most Education students who apply are awarded scholarships each year.
  • Calvin is among the top-rated programs in Michigan according to the Michigan Department of Education.
  • Calvin's Michigan Test for Teacher Certification pass rates are consistently among the highest in the state.
  • National accreditation bolsters the excellent reputation of Calvin's Education Program.
  • Data measures indicate that Calvin candidates are well-prepared to succeed as teachers.
  • Calvin has been preparing teachers for over 110 years!

What you will learn...

  • You will develop a faith-based philosophy of education and an understanding of education for social justice.
  • You can apply for Education interim and student teaching opportunities in other states and countries.
  • You will use resources from Calvin's Curriculum Center as you learn to plan lessons.
  • Professors will work closely with you to ensure that you are prepared to be a competent, caring, and qualified educator by meeting the program goals.

Where you will go...

  • Calvin teachers are prepared to work in a variety of school settings (public, faith-based, urban, charter, etc.).
  • Calvin graduates are awarded the Michigan Teaching Certificate, which may be used to obtain certification in other states and provinces.
  • Within one year, 100% of 2012-2013 graduates had obtained employment or entered graduate school (66% hired in teaching positions, 22% work in education-related positions, 9% employed in unrelated fields, and 3% in grad school).
  • Recent graduates are teaching in 30 different states and 15 different countries. Read updates from Calvin alumni.
  • Calvin's Career Development Office assists with the job hunt. Principals visit Calvin's campus each year to interview prospective teachers and they report that Calvin grads are exceptionally well-prepared to teach.
  • Average salary for U.S. teachers nationwide is $56,000 per year.
  • Demand for educators is expected to increase.

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