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Post-BA Studies: Endorsement Program

Calvin's Endorsement Program is designed for teachers who wish to add additional subjects to their teaching certificates. Courses completed may be used to renew the Provisional Certificate or earn the Professional Certificate or renew the Professional Certificate. Calvin graduates must complete at least six semester hours of the program at Calvin and non-Calvin graduates need to earn at least nine semester hours at Calvin.

Calvin offers teaching endorsements in over 30 different subject areas: Elementary | Secondary

The K-12 Learning Disabilities and K-12 Reading Specialist endorsements are available at the graduate level. The Educational Leadership program leads to Michigan's Administrator Certificate. Visit the Graduate Studies website for information about Master's Degree programs. It is possible to combine a subject-area endorsement program with the M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.

Teachers may add endorsements to their teaching certificates by completing the following steps:

  • Apply to Calvin's Endorsement Program
  • Complete all courses required for a minor in the endorsement subject (or a major if a minor is not offered)
  • Pass the MTTC test for the endorsement subject

The only online classes available are those in the Master's Degree program. Many endorsement program classes are only offered on-campus during the day. If you are teaching full-time, we will evaluate if we are able to accommodate your schedule through evening and summer classes, independent studies, and pre-approved courses at other institutions.

Courses may be completed at other institutions if they are included in the Transfer Equivalency List (with grade of C+ or higher) or CLEP Examination List .All Education courses must be completed at Calvin.

Master's and Endorsement students are charged the graduate tuition rate. Students accepted to the program may be eligible for financial aid or Education Department scholarships.

Questions related to teaching endorsements may be directed to Cindi Hoekstra via email or call (616) 526-6158.