Become an excellent teacher for students who are just discovering who they are. Specialize in your favorite subjects and get your teaching certification.

Build a broad skillset for teaching all kinds of learners at a wide variety of stages in their development.

Upon completing the secondary education program, you will be certified to teach your major and minor subject areas in grades 6-12. Art, Chinese, music, PE, Spanish and French are also available for grades K-12 on a secondary teaching certificate.

Declaration of major/minor form

Course Requirements 2015-2016

For secondary education core courses, visit Academic Services ».

(32 semester hours)

  • EDUC-102 Introduction to Education
  • EDUC-202 The Learner in the Educational Context: Development & Diversity
  • EDUC-302 Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • EDUC-303 Curriculum & Instruction Practicum
  • EDUC-307 Reading/Literacy in the Content Area
  • EDUC-346 Directed Teaching: Secondary
  • EDUC-398 Seminar: Intellectual Foundations of Education
  • IDIS-205 Societal Structures and Education

Double Major Guidelines

Secondary candidates may choose to complete two majors. This leads to the question of which subject they should teach during the internship. Candidates should discuss the guidelines below with the advisors for both major subjects:

  1. Secondary candidates completing two majors may choose one subject to teach during the internship.  Candidates should discuss possible employment implications with advisors while making this decision.
  2. If possible, EDUC 302-303 aiding should be in the major which is not preferred for the internship.
  3. The seminar course will be completed in the subject that is taught during the internship.
  4. The other seminar course will be waived.
  5. It may be possible for the intern to arrange some observation, aiding, and teaching in the non-selected major during the internship semester.  Both major advisors should be consulted prior to making these arrangements.
  6. If the waiving of a seminar course leads to fewer than 30 semester hours in the major subject, then the candidate must choose an advisor-approved course to reach 30 semester hours. If the candidate prefers not to complete 30 semester hours, then the program would need to be changed to a minor.
  7. If one of the majors is K-12, the internship should be in the K-12 subject.
    If the candidate has one K-12 major and one 6-12 major, but prefers the 6-12 major for the internship, the candidate may appeal to student teach in the 6-12 major and must present evidence of field experiences at both the elementary (K-5) and secondary (6-12) levels in the K-12 major subject.
    If both majors are K-12, the candidate must present evidence of field experiences at both the elementary (K-5) and secondary (6-12) levels in the major which is not selected for the internship.

Contact Gwen Buteyn if you have questions about the process for selecting EDUC 302-303 aiding and internship placements.

Secondary Education Majors

(54 semester hours)

  • ART-153 Visual Culture
  • ARTH-101 Introduction to the History of Art I
  • ARTH-102 Introduction to the History of Art II
  • One from:
  • One from:
  • ARTS-250 Introduction to Drawing
  • ARTS-251 Introduction to Painting
  • One from:
  • One from:
  • Two studio art electives (including two intermediate and one advanced)
  • One advanced-level studio elective
  • Two additional electives
  • ARTE-315 Introduction to Elementary Art Education
  • ARTE-316 Secondary Art Education
  • ARTE-359 Seminar in Principles and Practices in Art Teaching
  • ARTE-399 Exhibition

All electives must be approved by the art education faculty advisor. A minor is not required for students with this comprehensive major.

Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk

Associate Professor, department chair
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(49-53 semester hours)

Cognates:


The integrated science major with a biology minor is the recommended program for most students. Consult with Professor C. Bruxvoort, integrated science advisor, before completing the declaration of major form.

David Koetje

Professor of Biology
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Our secondary education minor will prepare you to teach chemistry in a high school setting. Think about combining an education major with an off-campus program to get a feel for teaching in different cultures.

(47-48 semester hours)

  • Either
  • CHEM-201 Analytical Chemistry
  • One from:
    • CHEM-253 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (recommended)
    • CHEM-261 Organic Chemistry I
  • One from:
    • CHEM-304 Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences (alternate years)
    • CHEM-317 Physical Chemistry (recommended if minoring in mathematics)
  • One from:
  • One from:
  • SCES-359 Seminar in Secondary Teaching
  • CHEM-295 Chemistry Seminar (three times)
  • Completion of major field test.

Cognates

  • One from:
    • MATH-171 Calculus I
    • MATH-132 Calculus for Management, Life, and Social Sciences
  • Either first two or second two:
    • PHYS-133 Introductory Physics: Mechanics and Gravity
    • PHYS-235 Introductory Physics: Electricity and Magnetism (recommended if minoring in mathematics)
    • OR
    • PHYS-221 General Physics A
    • PHYS-222 General Physics B
  • SCES-214 Communication and Learning in the Natural Sciences

SCES 359-Seminar in Secondary Teaching (3) is taken concurrently with EDUC 346 Directed Teaching: Secondary during the fall semester.

The integrated science major with a chemistry minor is the recommended program for most students. Consult with Professor C. Bruxvoort, integrated science advisor, before completing the declaration of major form.

*students who are well prepared for college chemistry are encouraged to enroll in CHEM-105.

Crystal Bruxvoort

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Science Education
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(39-42 semester hours)

  • CHIN-101 Elementary Chinese
  • CHIN-102 Elementary Chinese
  • CHIN-201 Intermediate Chinese
  • CHIN-202 Intermediate Chinese
  • CHIN-301 Advanced Chinese Language I
  • CHIN-302 Advanced Chinese Language II
  • CHIN-311 Readings in Modern Chinese I
  • CHIN-312 Readings in Modern Chinese II
  • STCH-203 Traditional Chinese Civilization (in Beijing) Candidates who have lived in China for at least one year may substitute HIST-245 East Asia to 1800 if approved by the advisor.
  • STCH-204 Modern China (in Beijing) Candidates who have lived in China for at least one year may substitute HIST-346 Modern China if approved by the advisor.
  • One from:
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World Language Pedagogy
    • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World Language Pedagogy
  • IDIS-359 Seminar in Secondary World Lang Pedagogy (required for secondary certificate candidates only - concurrent with EDUC-346 Directed Teaching: Secondary)

*Students who have lived in China for at least one year may seek advisor approval for the on-campus history alternate to a semester in China (STCH).


Candidates complete oral proficiency testing prior to student teaching. Discuss this requirement with the Chinese advisor.

Larry Herzberg

Associate Professor of Asian Languages
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(42-45 semester hours)

  • CHIN-101 Elementary Chinese
  • CHIN-102 Elementary Chinese
  • CHIN-201 Intermediate Chinese
  • CHIN-202 Intermediate Chinese
  • CHIN-301 Advanced Chinese Language I
  • CHIN-302 Advanced Chinese Language II
  • CHIN-311 Readings in Modern Chinese I
  • CHIN-312 Readings in Modern Chinese II
  • One from:
    • STCH-203 Traditional Chinese Civilization (in Beijing)
    • HIST-245* East Asia to 1800
  • One from:
  • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World Language Pedagogy
  • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World Language Pedagogy
  • IDIS-359 Seminar in Secondary World Lang Pedagogy (secondary education only)

*Students who have lived in China for at least one year may seek advisor approval for the on-campus history alternate to a semester in China (STCH).


Candidates complete oral proficiency testing prior to student teaching. Discuss this requirement with the Chinese advisor.

Elementary candidates may be certified to teach K-5 all subjects and K-12 Chinese based on completion of the Elementary Education Program and this K-12 major. Elementary candidates complete an elementary Chinese field placement during IDIS 356 and a secondary Chinese field placement during IDIS 357. EDUC 303 aiding and EDUC 345 student teaching are in regular elementary classrooms (candidates are encouraged to teach some Chinese in these placements if at all possible).

Larry Herzberg

Associate Professor of Asian Languages
Full profile

(49-54 semester hours)

  • ASTR-211 Planetary and Stellar Astronomy (alternate years)
  • ASTR-212 Galactic Astronomy and Cosmology (alternate years)
  • One from:
  • GEOL-152 Historical Geology
  • GEOG-250 Meteorology (alternate years)
  • GEOL-212 Structural Geology (alternate years)
  • GEOL-215 Mineralogy (alternate years)
  • GEOL-251 Oceanography (alternate years)
  • One advisor-approved Geology elective
  • SCES-214 Communication and Learning in the Natural Sciences
  • SCES-359 Seminar in Secondary Teaching of Integrated Science
  • One from:
    • MATH-132 Calculus for Management, Life, and Social Sciences
    • MATH-171 Calculus I
  • CHEM-103 General Chemisty I
  • One course in college or high school physics

Secondary majors take SCES 359 Seminar in Secondary Teaching concurrently with EDUC 346 Directed Teaching: Secondary during the fall semester.

The integrated science major with an earth/space science minor is the recommended program for most students. Consult with Professor C. Bruxvoort, integrated science advisor, before completing the declaration of major form.

Ken Bergwerff

Assistant Professor of Science Education
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Deanna van Dijk

Professor
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(39 semester hours)

  • ENGL-295 Introduction to Studies in English
  • This course is a prerequisite for all 300-level literature courses in English.
  • One from:
  • British Literature: Two from:
    • Only one 200-level course allowed; both courses may be 300-level.
    • ENGL-212 Survey of British Literature I
    • ENGL-213 Survey of British Literature II
    • ENGL-214 Survey of British Literature III
    • ENGL-310 British Literature of the Middle Ages
    • ENGL-312 British Literature of the Renaissance and Reformation
    • ENGL-313 British Literature of the Eighteenth Century
    • ENGL-314 British Literature of the Early Nineteenth Century
    • ENGL-315 British Literature of the Middle and Later Nineteenth Century
    • ENGL-316 British Modernism
    • ENGL-317 Contemporary British and Commonwealth Literature
    • ENGL-337 Major Authors
  • American Literature: Two from:
    • Only one 200-level course allowed; both courses may be 300-level.
    • ENGL-220 Survey of American Literature I
    • ENGL-221 Survey of American Literature II
    • ENGL-320 Literature of the United States I: Settlement to Civil War
    • ENGL-321 Literature of the United States II: Civil War to Great Depression
    • ENGL-322 Literature of the United States III: World War II to the Present
  • ENGL-341 Adolescent Literature
  • ENGL-338 Shakespeare
  • One from:
    • ENGL-370 Linguistics
    • ENGL-371 History of the English Language
    • ENGL-372 Sociolinguistics and Issues in Language Education
  • One from:
  • ENGL-350 Teaching of Writing
  • ENGL-352 Teaching of Literature
  • ENGL-359 Seminar in Principles of and Practices in Secondary Education

Students should take ENGL 350 in the semester immediately preceding their student-teaching semester. Students must complete ENGL 350 successfully before they may student teach. For the student-teaching semester, students must register for both EDUC 346-Directed Teaching: Secondary and ENGL 359. Before being considered for a student-teaching placement, students must pass all five sections of the English Department Screening Exam. Contact the English Department for more information.

Karen Saupe

Co-Director of RAC Program, Professor
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James Vanden Bosch

Professor
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Dean Ward

Professor
Full profile

(34-37 semester hours)

  • FREN-301 Advanced Conversation
  • FREN-302 Advanced Grammar
  • FREN-351 Survey of French Literature
  • IDIS-357 Secondary World Languages Pedagogy
  • IDIS-359 Seminar in World Languages Pedagogy
  • Choose one elective from the Study in France Program, Interim abroad, or:
    • FREN-372 French Linguistics
    • FREN-373 French for International Business
    • FREN-374 Women and Gender in French Literature & Culture
    • FREN-375 French Cinema
    • FREN-394 Medieval and Early Modern French Literature
    • FREN-395 French Literature Before and After the Revolution
    • FREN-396 Contemporary French Literature and Thought
  • All French Education majors must complete the Study in France Program:
    • STFR-315 Advanced Language Study in France I
    • STFR-316 Advanced Language Study in France II
    • STFR-381 Special Topics
    • STFR-330 Contemporary France
    • One course from:
      • STFR-361 Francophone Literature & Culture in Quebec
      • STFR-362 Francophone Literature & Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa & the Diaspora
      • STFR-363 Francophone Literature & Culture in North Africa

Candidates need to pass the French Department’s Competency Exam and Oral Proficiency Interview in addition to the French MTTC test.

Secondary majors must take IDIS 359-Seminar in World Languages Pedagogy concurrently with EDUC 346- Directed Teaching: Secondary.

Jolene Vos-Camy

Professor, Department Chair
Full profile

(34-37 semester hours)

  • FREN-301 Advanced Conversation
  • FREN-302 Advanced Grammar
  • FREN-351 Survey of French Literature
  • IDIS-356 World Languages Pedagogy
  • IDIS-357 Secondary World Languages Pedagogy
  • IDIS-359 Seminar in World Languages Pedagogy
  • Choose one elective from the Study in France Program, Interim abroad, or:
    • FREN-372 French Linguistics
    • FREN-373 French for International Business
    • FREN-374 Women and Gender in French Literature & Culture
    • FREN-375 French Cinema
    • FREN-394 Medieval and Early Modern French Literature
    • FREN-395 French Literature Before and After the Revolution
    • FREN-396 Contemporary French Literature and Thought
  • All French Education majors must complete the Study in France Program:
    • STFR-315 Advanced Language Study in France I
    • STFR-316 Advanced Language Study in France II
    • STFR-381 Special Topics
    • STFR-330 Contemporary France
    • One course from:
      • STFR-361 Francophone Literature & Culture in Quebec
      • STFR-362 Francophone Literature & Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa & the Diaspora
      • STFR-363 Francophone Literature & Culture in North Africa

Candidates need to pass the French Department’s Competency Exam and Oral Proficiency Interview in addition to the French MTTC test.

Secondary majors must take IDIS 359-Seminar in World Languages Pedagogy concurrently with EDUC 346- Directed Teaching: Secondary.

The K-12 major is available to both elementary and secondary candidates.

Jolene Vos-Camy

Professor, Department Chair
Full profile

(30-33 semester hours)

  • GERM-301 Advanced German Language and Culture
  • GERM-302 German Culture and Intercultural Studies
  • GERM-303 Introduction to German Literature
  • GERM-361 Advanced Writing in Cultural Context
  • GERM-395 German Literature and the Reading Self
  • Three electives (at least 9 hours) number 301 or higher. One may be the German Interim Abroad:
    • GERM-362 Culture and Language through Performed Texts
    • GERM-371 German Visual Culture and Literature
    • GERM-372 Outside Voices: German Culture from the Margins
    • GERM-381 Special Topics
    • German interim abroad
  • One from:
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World Language Pedagogy
    • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World Language Pedagogy
  • IDIS-359 Seminar in Secondary World-Languages Pedagogy (secondary major only)

Secondary majors take IDIS-359: Seminar in Secondary World Languages Padagogy concurrently with EDUC-346: Directed Teaching: Secondary.

Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim

Associate Professor; Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
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(48-50 semester hours)

  • HIST-151 History of the West and the World I
  • HIST-152 History of the West and the World II
  • HIST-229 U.S. History
  • HIST-294 Research Methods of History
  • HIST-359 Seminar in the Teaching of Secondary Social Studies
  • One from:
  • HIST-395 Historiographical Perspectives
  • IDIS-375 Methods and Pedagogies for Secondary Social Studies
  • One additional American History course
  • One additional European History course
  • One additional World History course
  • Advisor-approved elective

Cognates:


Candidates interested in teaching history should also consider the social studies major. The advisor-approved elective and ECON 151 are waived for students completing both the secondary history and secondary social studies majors. All majors must take at least two 300-level courses in addition to 375, 394, and 395. No course in which the candidate received a grade lower than a C- may count toward the major or minor.

Robert Schoone-Jongen

Associate Professor
Full profile

(61 semester hours)

  • One from:
  • One from:
    • BIOL-161 Cellular and Genetic Systems
    • BIOL-141 Cell Biology and Genetics for the Health Sciences
  • BIOL-115 Human Biology (unless minoring in biology)
  • BIOL-160 Ecological and Evolutionary Systems
  • CHEM-103 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM-104 General Chemistry II
  • Note: CHEM-105 Chemical Principles may be taken in place of CHEM-103 and 104
  • CHEM-253 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
  • GEOL-152 Historical Geology
  • One from:
  • One from:
    • PHYS-132 Matter, Light, and Energy
    • PHYS-212 Inquiry-Based Physics
    • (physics minors must take PHYS-132
  • PHYS-221 General Physics (physics minors substitute PHYS 133)
  • PHYS-222 General Physics (physics minors substitute PHYS 235)
  • SCES-214 Communication and Learning in the Natural Sciences
  • SCES-314 Integration Methods and Pedagogies for Secondary Science Teachers (alternate years)
  • SCES-359 Seminar in Secondary Teaching of Integrated Science
  • Two from:
    (Two semesters of enrollment in same course is allowed)
  • One from:
    • MATH-132 Calculus for Management, Life, and Social Sciences
    • MATH-171 Calculus I

This is the preferred program for secondary education students wishing to obtain Michigan teacher certification in all of the sciences. Students pursuing this major also complete a minor in one of the four science disciplines (biology, chemistry, earth/space, or physics). Courses in the disciplinary minor may overlap with the courses required for the group major. If you may pursue teacher certification in another state, contact the Teacher Certification Coordinator in the Education Department to see if integrated science is recommended for that state.

Students may choose to complete this program as a “Comprehensive Major” without a minor in one of the science disciplines, but this is not recommended.

Crystal Bruxvoort

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Science Education
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(30 semester hours)


David Noe

Associate Professor
Full profile

(42 semester hours)

  • One from:
    • CS-106 Introduction to Scientific Computation and Modeling
    • CS-108 Introduction to Computing
  • One from:
  • MATH-172 Calculus II
  • STAT-243 Statistics
  • MATH-256 Discrete Structures and Linear Algebra
  • MATH-301 The Foundations of Geometry
  • MATH-329 Introduction to Teaching Secondary School Mathematics
  • This course must be completed prior to student teaching.
  • MATH-351 Abstract Algebra
  • MATH-361 Real Analysis I
  • MATH-380 Perspectives on Modern Mathematics
  • MATH-391 Colloquium (taken twice)
  • An approved interim
  • MATH-359 Seminar in Secondary Teaching of Mathematics

Secondary majors take MATH 359-Seminar in Secondary Teaching of Mathematics concurrently with EDUC 346-Directed Teaching: Secondary during the fall semester.

Janice Koop

Professor
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Gary Talsma

Professor
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(66 semester hours)


Students in the BME Vocal Program may choose piano or organ as their primary performance area provided they take two hours of applied lessons on a single band or orchestra instrument in place of piano/organ lessons, and pass an instrumental jury following two semesters of study. Students may not take a proficiency test to meet this requirement.

PER 150 Educational Dance is recommended for Leisure and Lifetime Fitness core.

Prior to taking MUSC 108, students demonstrate proficiency in music fundamentals by taking a music theory placement test. This test is administered either during Passport (for incoming first year or transfer students) or during the spring semester before taking MUSC 108 (for current Calvin students.) Students who do not achieve the required minimum score on the placement test must enroll in Music Theory Fundamentals (MUSC 100) in the fall semester, which will prepare them to take MUSC 108 in the spring semester of that same year.

See the Music Department website for admission requirements into the BME program. All BME students are required to perform a ½ recital and pass the Level III Piano Proficiency Test prior to student teaching. An additional minor is not required for students completing this comprehensive major.

Phillip Hash

Associate Professor (Music Education)
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(66 semester hours)


Students in the BME Vocal Program may choose piano or organ as their primary performance area provided they take 2 hours of applied voice in place of piano/organ lessons and pass a vocal jury following two semesters of study. Students may not take a proficiency test to meet this requirement.

PER 150 Educational Dance is recommended for Leisure and Lifetime Fitness core.

Prior to taking MUSC 108, students demonstrate proficiency in music fundamentals by taking a music theory placement test. This test is administered either during Passport (for incoming first year or transfer students) or during the spring semester before taking MUSC 108 (for current Calvin students.) Students who do not achieve the required minimum score on the placement test must enroll in Music Theory Fundamentals (MUSC 100) in the fall semester, which will prepare them to take MUSC 108 in the spring semester of that same year.

See the Music Department website for admission requirements into the BME program.
Students are required to perform a ½ recital and pass the Level III Piano Proficiency Test prior to student teaching.
An additional minor is not required for students completing this comprehensive major.

Phillip Hash

Associate Professor (Music Education)
Full profile

(47 semester hours)


Students interested in teaching physical education are encouraged to consider the PE major with the health minor.

Students need to see the course advisor during the freshman or sophomore year to enroll in KIN 380. This course must be completed before student teaching. Students may register for this during their student teaching semester provided the 380 requirements have been completed before student teaching.

BIOL 115 or BIOL 141 is a required cognate and a prerequisite for several of these courses. Take one of these courses to fulfill the Physical and Living World core requirement.

PE majors take KIN 359 concurrently with EDUC 346 Directed Teaching: Secondary.

Brian Bolt

Department Chair
Full profile

(47-54 semester hours)

  • PHYS-132 Matter, Light, and Energy
  • PHYS-133 Introductory Physics: Mechanics & Gravity
  • One from:
    • PHYS-195 Physics & Astronomy Student Seminar (at least four semesters)
    • PHYS-296 Studies in Physics, Technology, and Society
  • PHYS-235 Introductory Physics: Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS-237 Einstein's Theory of Relativity
  • PHYS-246 Waves, Optics, and Optical Technology (alternate years)
  • PHYS-306 Introduction to Quantum Physics (alternate years)
  • PHYS-335 Classical Mechanics (alternate years)
  • PHYS-345 Electromagnetism (alternate years)
  • Approved electives to bring total to at least 30 semester hours of physics courses
  • One from:
  • MATH-172 Calculus II
  • One from:
    • MATH-270 An Introduction to Multivariable Calculus
    • MATH-271 Multivariable Calculus
  • SCES-214 Communication and Learning in the Natural Sciences
  • SCES-314 Integration Methods & Pedagogies for Secondary Science Teachers (alternate years)
  • SCES-359 Seminar in Secondary Teaching (concurrent with EDUC-346)

All physics majors must enroll in PHYS 195 at least once and in any combination of PHYS 295 or 296 for three additional semesters.

The integrated science major with a physics minor is the recommended program for most students.
Consult with Professor C. Bruxvoort, integrated science advisor, before completing the declaration of major form.

Loren Haarsma

Associate Professor
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(40 semester hours)

  • ECON-221 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON-222 Princeples of Macroeconomics
  • GEOG-110 World Regions
  • ENST-210 Human Modifications of Global Environmt
  • HIST-151 History of the West & World I
  • HIST-152 History of the West & World II
  • HIST-229 U.S.A.
  • IDIS-205 Societal Structures and Education
  • IDIS-375 Methods & Pedagogies for Sec Soc Studies
  • HIST-359 Sem: Teaching Secondary Social Studies
  • POLS-101 Ideas/Institutions in American Politics
  • POLS-202 State Politics & American Federalism

Students pursuing the secondary social studies major must also complete a history major or a minor in economics, geography, or political science (this requirement does not apply to teachers adding the secondary social studies endorsement). Courses are allowed to overlap between the social studies major and the disciplinary major or minor.

Candidates completing this program will be certified to teach social studies, economics, geography, history, political science and American government in grades 6-12 in Michigan.

Robert Schoone-Jongen

Associate Professor
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(34 semester hours)

  • SPAN-301 Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Conversation I
  • SPAN-302 Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Conversation II
  • SPAN-308 Introduction to the Hispanic World I
  • SPAN-309 Introduction to the Hispanic World ll
  • SPAN-340 Spanish Phonology and Dialectology
  • One from:
    • SPAN-370 Advanced Cultural Topics
    • SPAN-395 Palabra y mundo: the Word and the World
  • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World-Languages Pedagogy
  • IDIS-359 Seminar in Secondary World-Languages Pedagogy
  • Advisor-approved Spanish semester abroad:
  • Advisor-approved electives to reach a minimum of 34 hours

Candidates must complete the Oral Proficiency Exam and the Grammar and Composition Exams before student teaching. Ask at the Spanish Department for details.

Cynthia Slagter

Professor
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Dwight TenHuisen

Professor
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Dianne Zandstra

Professor
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(37 semester hours)

  • SPAN-301 Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Conversation I
  • SPAN-302 Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Conversation II
  • SPAN-308 Introduction to the Hispanic World I
  • SPAN-309 Introduction to the Hispanic World ll
  • SPAN-340 Spanish Phonology and Dialectology
  • One from:
    • SPAN-370 Advanced Cultural Topics
    • SPAN-395 Palabra y mundo: the Word and the World
  • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World-Languages Pedagogy
  • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World-Languages Pedagogy
  • IDIS-359 Seminar in Secondary World-Languages Pedagogy
  • Advisor-approved Spanish semester abroad:
  • Advisor-approved electives to reach a minimum of 37 hours

Secondary candidates completing the K-12 major are assigned a K-8 elementary Spanish placement during EDUC 303 and student teaching is completed in a 6-12 secondary classroom.

Candidates must complete the Oral Proficiency Exam and the Grammar and Composition Exams before student teaching. Ask at the Spanish Department for details.

Cynthia Slagter

Professor
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Dwight TenHuisen

Professor
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Dianne Zandstra

Professor
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Secondary Education Minors

(20-21 semester hours)

  • IDIS-205 Societal Structures and Education as a Social Enterprise
  • ENGL-372 Sociolinguistics and Issues in Language Education
  • ENGL-375 Grammar for Teachers of ESL
  • IDIS-301 Introduction to Bilingual and ESL Education
  • (concurrent with EDUC-302 and EDUC-303)
  • SPAN-310 Hispanic Culture in the United States
  • SPAN-340 Spanish Phonology and Dialectology*
  • One from:

Students earning the bilingual Spanish endorsement must major in Spanish and minor in Bilingual Spanish (this requirement does not apply to certified teachers adding the bilingual Spanish endorsement).

All candidates must pass the Spanish Department Proficiency Tests.

If you are interested in a bilingual endorsement program, your must request a bilingual teqacher aiding experience in Education 303. SPAN 310 and 340 may count towards both the bilingual minor and Spanish major.

Students who would like to be certified to teach both ESL and bilingual Spanish may complete both programs at Calvin along with the Spanish major. Because of the number of overlapping courses, only one of the minors may appear on the Calvin degree. The other minor will be added as an additional endorsement to the teaching certificate after graduation. Students interested in this option should meet with the Teacher Certification Coordinator to set up a plan. Students must complete field experiences in both ESL and bilingual Spanish settings. These field experiences will be arranged during EDUC 303 and IDIS 301 or completed as an independent study for two semester hours.

Marcie Pyper

Professor, Department Chair
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(24-26 semester hours)


    The integrated science major with a biology minor is the recommended program for most students. Consult with Professor C. Bruxvoort, integrated science advisor, before completing the declaration of major form.

    David Koetje

    Professor of Biology
    Full profile

Our secondary education minor will prepare you to teach chemistry in a high school setting. Think about combining an education major with an off-campus program to get a feel for teaching in different cultures.

(36 semester hours)

  • Either
  • CHEM-201 Analytical Chemistry
  • One from:
    • CHEM-253 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (recommended)
    • CHEM-261 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM-295 Chemistry Seminar (two times)
  • One from:
    • CHEM-304 Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences (alternate years)
    • CHEM-317 Physical Chemistry (recommended if minoring in mathematics)
  • One from:
  • Cognates

  • Two from:
  • SCES-214 Communication and Learning in the Natural Sciences

The integrated science major with a chemistry minor is the recommended program for most students. Consult with Professor C. Bruxvoort, integrated science advisor, before completing the declaration of major form.

*students who are well prepared for college chemistry are encouraged to enroll in CHEM-105.

Crystal Bruxvoort

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Science Education
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(30 semester hours)

  • CHIN-101 Elementary Chinese
  • CHIN-102 Elementary Chinese
  • CHIN-201 Intermediate Chinese
  • CHIN-202 Intermediate Chinese
  • CHIN-301 Advanced Chinese Language I
  • CHIN-302 Advanced Chinese Language II
  • One from:
  • One from:
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World Language Pedagogy
    • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World Language Pedagogy

An Interim or summer in China is highly recommended. Discuss possibilities with your Chinese advisor.

Candidates complete oral proficiency testing prior to student teaching. Discuss this requirement with the Chinese advisor.

Larry Herzberg

Associate Professor of Asian Languages
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(20-21 semester hours)

  • CAS-101 Oral Rhetoric
  • CAS-140 Communication and Culture
  • CAS-190 Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
  • CAS-203 Performance Studies
  • CAS-204 Directing Co-Curricular Program
  • CAS-117 Introduction to Theatre and Drama
  • One from
    • CAS-218 Acting for Stage and Screen
    • CAS-316 Directing for Stage and Screen
    • An approved interim

Debra Freeberg

Professor, Director of Theatre
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(23 semester hours)

  • CS-100 Creating Interactive Web Media
  • CS-1081 Introduction to Computing
  • CS-112 Introduction to Data Structures
  • CS-212 Data Structures and Algorithms
  • IS-141 Computing with Databases
  • IS-171 Computing with Spreadsheets
  • IS-271 Introduction to Information Systems
  • EDUC Interim Teaching and Learning with Technology

Keith Vander Linden

Professor
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(31-35 semester hours)

  • ASTR-211 Planetary and Stellar Astronomy (alternate years)
  • ASTR-212 Galactic Astronomy and Cosmology (alternate years)
  • One from:
  • GEOL-152 Historical Geology
  • GEOL-250 Meteorology (alternate years)
  • GEOL-251 Oceanography (alternate years)
  • SCES-214 Communication and Learning in the Natural Sciences
  • One from:
    • MATH-132 Calculus for Management, Life, and Social Sciences
    • MATH-171 Calculus I
  • One course in college or high school physics

The integrated science major with an earth/space science minor is the recommended program for most students. Consult with Professor C. Bruxvoort, integrated science advisor.

Ken Bergwerff

Assistant Professor of Science Education
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Deanna van Dijk

Professor
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(21 semester hours)

  • ECON-221 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON-222 Princeples of Macroeconomics
  • ECON-338 International Trade and Finance
  • ECON-339 Government Finance and Public Policy
  • IDIS-375 Methods & Pedagogies for Sec Soc Studies
  • Six additional semester hours frm within the departemnt. One advisor-approved interim may be included.

Social Studies is the recommended major for candidates interested in teaching Economics.

Evert Van Der Heide

Professor
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(21-22 semester hours)

  • SPAUD-216 Phonetics
  • One from:
  • ENGL-372 Sociolinguistics and Issues in Language Education
  • ENGL-375 Grammar for Teachers of ESL
  • IDIS-301 Introduction to Bilingual and ESL Education
  • (concurrent with EDUC-203-303)
  • One from:
    • EDUC-303 Practicum in ESL
    • (concurrent with IDIS-301)
    • EDUC-590 for teachers in the ESL endorsement program
  • One from:
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World-Languages Pedagogy
    • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World-Languages Pedagogy

IDIS 301 must be taken during the same fall semester as EDUC 302 and 303.

Secondary candidates should consider the English major in addition to the ESL minor.

The ESL minor may be combined with the language arts minor, but ENGL 370, 372, and 375 may not overlap. In addition to ENGL 370, 372, and 375, the candidate must complete SPAUD 215 or 311 and ENGL 374. When combined with the ESL minor, the language arts minor requires 5 courses (3 cr. each) beyond those already required for elementary education and the ESL minor. The language arts major requires 6 courses (3 cr. each) beyond those already required for elementary education and the ESL minor.

The ESL minor may be combined with the Spanish minor, but SPAN 340 may not overlap. In addition to SPAN 340, the candidate must complete ENGL 370. IDIS 356 or 357 may overlap. Two courses may overlap between the language arts major and ESL minor.

Adult learners and teachers in the ESL endorsement program must demonstrate competency in at least one world language. Competency is defined as the successful completion of the equivalent of two years of study in college or four years in high school with a minimum grade of C in each course.

Students who would like to be certified to teach both ESL and bilingual Spanish may complete both programs at Calvin along with the Spanish major. Because of the number of overlapping courses, only one of the minors may appear on the Calvin degree. The other minor will be added as an additional endorsement to the teaching certificate after graduation. Students interested in this option should meet with the Teacher Certification Coordinator to set up a plan. Students must complete field experiences in both ESL and bilingual Spanish settings. The field experiences will be arranged during EDUC 303 and IDIS 301 or completed as an independent study for two semester hours.

Dean Ward

Professor
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(21 semester hours)

  • ENGL-295 Introduction to Studies in English
  • This course is a prerequisite for all 300-level literature courses in English.
  • One from:
  • One from:
    • ENGL-212 Survey of British Literature I
    • ENGL-213 Survey of British Literature II
    • ENGL-214 Survey of British Literature III
    • ENGL-310 British Literature of the Middle Ages
    • ENGL-312 British Literature of the Renaissance and Reformation
    • ENGL-313 British Literature of the Eighteenth Century
    • ENGL-314 British Literature of the Early Nineteenth Century
    • ENGL-315 British Literature of the Middle and Later Nineteenth Century
    • ENGL-316 British Modernism
    • ENGL-317 Contemporary British and Commonwealth Literature
    • ENGL-337 Major Authors
    • ENGL-338 Shakespeare
  • One from:
    • ENGL-220 Survey of American Literature I
    • ENGL-221 Survey of American Literature II
    • ENGL-320 Literature of the United States I: Settlement to Civil War
    • ENGL-321 Literature of the United States II: Civil War to Great Depression
    • ENGL-322 Literature of the United States III: World War II to the Present
    • ENGL-335 Genre Study
  • One from:
    • ENGL-370 Linguistics
    • ENGL-371 History of the English Language
    • ENGL-372 Sociolinguistics and Issues in Language Education
  • ENGL-350 Teaching of Writing
  • ENGL-352 Teaching of Literature

Students completing the English minor must pass all five sections of the English Department Screening Exam in order to be certified to teach English. Contact the English Department for details.

Karen Saupe

Co-Director of RAC Program, Professor
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James Vanden Bosch

Professor
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Dean Ward

Professor
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(22 semester hours)

  • FREN-301 Advanced Conversation
  • FREN-302 Advanced Grammar
  • FREN-351 Survey of French Literature
  • One from:
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World Language Pedagogy
    • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World Language Pedagogy
  • One from:
    • FREN-361 Francophone Literature and Culture in Quebec
    • FREN-362 Francophone Literature and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora
    • FREN-363 Francophone Literature and Culture in North Africa
  • Two electives chosen from:
    • FREN-372 French Linguistics
    • FREN-373 French for International Business
    • FREN-374 Women and Gender in French Literature and Culture
    • FREN-375 French Cinema
    • FREN-381 Special Topics
    • FREN-394 Medieval and Early Modern French Literature
    • FREN-395 French Literature Before and After the French Revolution
    • FREN-396 Contemporary French Literature and Thought
  • STFR-315 Advanced Stylistics & Phonetics
  • STFR-316 Advanced Language Study in France II
  • STFR-330 Contemporary France
  • Approved interim abroad

Candidates need to pass the French Department’s Competency Exam and Oral Proficiency Interview in addition to the French MTTC test.

Jolene Vos-Camy

Professor, Department Chair
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(22 semester hours)

  • GEOG-120 Earth Systems
  • ENST-210 Human Impact on the Environment
  • GEOG-243 The United States and the World
  • IDIS-375 Methods and Pedagogies for Secondary Social Studies
  • 9 hours of electives from:
    • Approved Interim Course
    • ENST-302 Environment and Society
    • GEOG-250 Meteorology (alternate years)
    • GEOG-230 The Global Economy (alternate years)
    • GEOG-242 Africa (alternate years)
    • GEOL-251 Oceanography (alternate years)
    • GEOG-261 Geographic Info Systems & Cartography (alternate years)
    • GEOG-310 Urban Geography (alternate years)
    • GEOG-322 Coastal Geomorphology (alternate years)
    • GEOG-351 City and Regional Planning (alternate years)

Social Studies is the recommended major for candidates interested in teaching Geography.

A number of these courses are only offered every other year. Consult the catalog and plan ahead.

Ken Bergwerff

Assistant Professor of Science Education
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(21 semester hours)

  • GERM-301 Advanced German Language and Culture
  • GERM-302 German Culture and Intercultural Studies
  • GERM-361 Advanced Writing in Cultural Context
  • Three electives:
    • GERM-362 Culture and Language through Performed Texts
    • GERM-371 German Visual Culture and Literature
    • GERM-372 Outside Voices: German Culture from the Margins
    • GERM-381 Special Topics
    • German interim abroad
  • One from:
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World Language Pedagogy
    • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World Language Pedagogy

Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim

Associate Professor; Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
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(24 semester hours)

  • HE-202 Foundations of Health Education
  • HE-203 First Aid and Emergency Care
  • HE-254 Nutrition
  • HE-265 Basic Health Concepts: Mental Health, Fitness, Sexuality, Aging, Addictive Behaviors, and Death
  • HE-266 Basic Health Concepts: Diseases, Substance Abuse, Community, and Environment
  • HE-308 Administration and Methods
  • One from:
    • IDIS-212 Global Health
    • Community Health Course
    • Advisor-Approved Interim
  • Cognate: STAT-143 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

BIOL 115 is a prerequisite for several of these courses. Elementary candidates complete BIOL 115 in addition to SCES 121 and SCES 122.

Elementary Health minors may waive either PER 150 or KIN 223 (core courses).

Debra Bakker

Professor of Kinesiology
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(22-25 semester hours)


At least one course must deal with a period prior to 1500. At least one course must be a 300-level course. No course in which the candidate received a grade lower than C- may count toward the major or minor. Social studies is the recommended major for candidates interested in teaching history.

Robert Schoone-Jongen

Associate Professor
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(21 semester hours)


David Noe

Associate Professor
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(29 semester hours)

  • One from:
  • MATH-172 Calculus II
  • STAT-243 Statistics
  • MATH-256 Discrete Structures and Linear Algebra
  • MATH-301 The Foundations of Geometry
  • MATH-329 Introduction to Teaching Secondary School Mathematics
  • MATH-361 Real Analysis I
  • One from:
    • CS-106 Introduction to Scientific Computation and Modeling
    • CS-108 Introduction to Computing

Janice Koop

Professor
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Gary Talsma

Professor
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(29 semester hours)


BIOL 115 or BIOL 141 is a required cognate and a prerequisite for several of these courses. Take one of these courses to fulfill the Physical and Living World core requirement.

Students need to see the course advisor during the freshman or sophomore year to enroll in KIN 380. This course must be completed before student teaching. Students may register for this during their student teaching semester provided the 380 requirements have been completed before student teaching.

Brian Bolt

Department Chair
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(36-38 semester hours)

  • PHYS-132 Matter, Light, and Energy
  • PHYS-133 Introductory Physics: Mechanics & Gravity
  • PHYS-195 Physics & Astronomy Student Seminar (at least one semester)
  • PHYS-235 Introductory Physics: Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS-237 Einstein's Theory of Relativity
  • PHYS-246 Waves, Optics, and Optical Technology (alternate years)
  • PHYS-306 Introduction to Quantum Physics (alternate years)
  • One from:
  • MATH-172 Calculus II
  • One from:
    • MATH-270 An Introduction to Multivariable Calculus
    • MATH-271 Multivariable Calculus
  • SCES-214 Communication and Learning in the Natural Sciences
  • SCES-314 Integration Methods & Pedagogies for Secondary Science Teachers (alternate years)

The integrated science major with a physics minor is the recommended program for most students.
Consult with Professor C. Bruxvoort, integrated science advisor, before completing the declaration of major form.

Loren Haarsma

Associate Professor
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(21 semester hours)

  • IDIS-375 Methods and Pedagogies for Secondary Social Studies
  • POLS-101 Ideas and Institutions in American Politics
  • POLS-202 State Politics and American Federalism
  • POLS-207 International Cooperation and Conflict
  • One course from:
    • POLS-110 Persons in Political Community
    • POLS-240 Freedom, Justice, and Political Authority
  • POLS-251 Foundations of Political Science Research
  • One course from:

Social Studies is the recommended major for candidates interested in teaching Political Science.

Mikael Pelz

Assistant Professor, Internship Director for Political Science
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(21–23 semester hours)

  • PSYC-151 Introductory Psychology: Perspectives on the Self
  • PSYC-201 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
  • PSYC-212 Psychopathology
  • PSYC-310 Social Psychology
  • PSYC-399 Psychology and Religion
  • At least one from:
  • One psychology elective (may be an interim)

Laura DeHaan

Professor
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(21 semester hours)

  • REL-121 Biblical Literature and Theology
  • REL-131 Christian Theology
  • REL-357 Religion and Education Seminar
  • One course in Biblical Studies:
  • One course in Theological Studies:
  • One course in Religious Studies:
    • REL-250 Introduction to the Study of Religion
    • REL-255 World Religions
  • One 300-level elective in Religion

MTTC Test: Not required

Candidates completing this religion minor will not have religion listed on their teaching certificates but will still be qualified to teach religion in grades 6-12 in Michigan. Students interested in teaching religion will complete a non-certifiable religion minor in addition to a certifiable major. Contact Professor Tom Thompson for details.

REL 357 should be taken prior to the Directed Teaching semester (EDUC 346). While the Teacher Education Program will attempt to accommodate students who wish to also teach religion during their student teaching experiences, that experience must be completed primarily in each student’s statecertified major.

Thomas Thompson

Professor, on leave fall 2012
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(21 semester hours)

  • IDIS-205 Societal Structures and Education as a Social Enterprise
  • PYSC-310 Social Psychology
  • SOC-151 Sociological Principles and Perspectives
  • SOC-253 Intercultural Communication
  • One from:
  • SOC-304 The Family (alternate years)
  • One Sociology Elective

Sociology is not recognized as a certifiable subject in certain states. See the Teacher Certification Coordinator for details.

Jonathan Hill

Assistant Professor
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(23 semester hours)

  • SPAN-301 Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Conversation I
  • SPAN-302 Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Conversation II
  • SPAN-308 Introduction to the Hispanic World I
  • SPAN-309 Introduction to the Hispanic World ll
  • SPAN-340 Spanish Phonology and Dialectology
  • One from:
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World-Languages Pedagogy
    • (elementary education minor)
    • IDIS-357 Secondary World Languages Pedagogy
    • (secondary education minor)
  • Advisor-approved interim or Spanish semester abroad
  • Advisor-approved electives to reach a minimum of 23 hours

Prior to student teaching, candidates must successfully complete all three portions of the Spanish Department Proficiency Exam: Grammar, Composition, and Oral. The Proficiency Exam is offered by the Spanish Department four times each year. For dates and details, see Nora Koster in the Spanish Department. Candidates need a minimum of 80% on the Grammar Exam and need to attain a rating of Advanced Low for both the Composition and the Oral tests.

Cynthia Slagter

Professor
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Dwight TenHuisen

Professor
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Dianne Zandstra

Professor
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