Do you have a passion for Hispanic language and culture? Students interested in majoring in Spanish education are strongly encouraged to consider our unique bilingual education program.


Calvin's Christian approach to teacher education will challenge you to become an inspiring, engaging and compassionate teachers. Classes in Spanish phonology, sociolinguistics and grammar provide a strong foundation for this program. Additionally, a teaching practicum will provide you with real-world experience in your field.

Careers in Bilingual Spanish

  • Bilingual Spanish teacher

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Eat at the Spanish table during meals; live in the Spanish House on campus; participate in conversation groups; attend local festivals and events; help with Rangeela.

Course Requirements 2013-14

Bilingual Education minor

(21 semester hours)

  • SPAN-310 Hispanic Culture in the U.S.
  • SPAN-340 Spanish Phonology
  • ENGL-372 Sociolinguistics and Issues in Language Education
  • ENGL-375 Grammar for Teachers of ESL
  • IDIS-205 Societal Structure & Education As Social Enterprise
  • IDIS-301 Bilingual & ESL Education - Elementary
  • EDUC-303 Curriculum & Instruction Practicum

Note: The bilingual education minor must be combined with the Spanish major, and IDIS-301 must be taken concurrently with EDUC-303. Students must complete the Spanish department proficiency exam.

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Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2013-14 academic year.

Edna Greenway Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need not required; submit an essay on how to integrate faith into teaching Spanish
  • apply through the Spanish department
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Marilyn Bierling

Marilyn Bierling
Professor of Spanish
director: Interim program in Mexico
Department of Spanish
HH 403
(616) 526-8540

Albert Boerema

Albert Boerema
Professor of Education
Department of Education
SC 315
(616) 526-6036

Marcie Pyper

Marcie Pyper
Professor, department chair
Department of Spanish
HH 405
(616) 526-6356

Ronald Sjoerdsma

Ronald Sjoerdsma
Department of Education
SC 389
(616) 526-6213

Marj Terpstra

Marj Terpstra
Assistant Professor
Department of Education
SC 307
(616) 526-6190

James Vanden Bosch

James Vanden Bosch
Department of English
CFAC 292
(616) 526-6592

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Marcie Pyper Marcie Pyper
Program Director
Department of Education
HH 405
(616) 526-6356


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