Calvin's teacher education program combines pedagogical theory with hands-on experiences to prepare you to teach in a wide range of educational environments.

Overview

The elementary education program will prepare you for certification in all subjects for grades K-5 and in your major or minors in grades 6-8. Plan on choosing either a major or two minors in subject areas such as language arts or science. To graduate within four years, choose core courses that are recommended for elementary education.

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Student involvement

Volunteer at local elementary schools; work with churches in Grand Rapids to coordinate youth-centered events; become a Big Brother or Big Sister; lead on-campus children's programs through the Ecosystem Preserve, chemistry department, English department and more.

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Rose M. Bloem Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior or post BA
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Edgar G. Boeve' Art Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to those with an interest in pursuing a career in art
  • apply through the art and art history department
Maurice and Eunice Bolt Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to those who wish to teach music or art within a public school system
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Helen Bonzelaar Art Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; major in art education
  • apply through the art and art history department
Bette and John Bosma Teacher Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,400
  • junior, senior or post BA
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference will be given to those who are returning to college after some time away from campus or because of a change in career choice
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jameson and Barbara Bosma Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need considered; elementary education program with a desire to teach in a Christian school
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Katherine and Annette Bratt Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; elementary education; preference to those wanting to teach in a Christian school
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Virginia and Edward L. Brock Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • any class level
  • GPA 2.8+
  • financial need required, preference to African American, Native American or Hispanic students
  • automatic consideration
Gysbert and Marie Bron Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John L. De Beer Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need reqiured
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Otto J. and Adeline De Bruyn Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need required
  • physical education students apply through the kinesiology department; education students apply through the Calvin Portal
Bruce and Joanne Deckinga/Compassion International Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,900
  • sophomore, junior, or senior pursuing elementary education or a pre-med program
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to students who worked on a garbage truck or play the organ
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Louis (Luke) and Helen DeJonge Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need is considered
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Henrietta DeLoof Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA 2.8+
  • preference given to future teachers who best demonstrate an interest in incorporating the world of art into his or her classroom
  • apply through the art and art history department
Kevin Dale De Rose Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Eugene and Joan Deur Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • sophomore or junior education major, pursuing a pre-ministry program or missions
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
DeVries-Post Teacher Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to ethnic minorities or students with physical disabilities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Brian E. Dyk Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • first-year
  • financial need required; first preference West Side Christian School graduate
  • submit a letter to the Financial Aid Office (finaid@calvin.edu) describing your qualifications by February 1
Find Us Faithful - The Lester and Gladys DeVries Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need considered; preference to graduates of Kalamazoo Chr. HS or Illiana Chr. HS
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John and Mary Gideon Family Scholarship
  • award amout: $1,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; must demonstrate strong Christian character and the ability to deal with and connect with their students
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Beulah B. Goodenough Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,400
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; pursuing elementary education; preference to those who have attended a public school themselves
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Marsha Greenwood Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Arthur J. and Laura Jean Gritter Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need required; preference given to those whose character development has been influenced through their own disability or to those who have a strong record of volunteerism or extracurricular activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Mae Groeneveld Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need considered; pursuing a K-8 education program; preference to students from Western Michigan
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Carl and Sandra Gronsman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.75+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
James and Catherine Haveman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • first-year
  • HS GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • automatic consideration
Reverend Bernard Haven Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • first-year
  • HS GPA 3.0+
  • financial need considered; child of missionary
  • submit a letter to the Financial Aid Office (finaid@calvin.edu) describing your qualifications by February 1
William and Marybeth Haverkamp Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • financial need considered; demonstrate an interest in pursuing studies that will lead to the ministry, teaching or business; demonstrate commitment to and evidence of volunteerism or student leadership
  • automatic consideration
Donna T. and Louis H. Hekman Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • financial need required; pursuing elementary education; exemplify a passion for teaching, think creatively and focus on the ability of each child to succeed
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dwight and Sally Fox Hillard Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA 3.00+
  • financial need not required; preference to students wanting to pursue a public school teaching career
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Honderd Family Special Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.75+
  • financial need considered; preference to those who have participated in Friendship Ministries
  • scholarship application available through the Calvin Portal
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
David and Shirley Hubers Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,150
  • junior or senior pursuing a program in nursing or education
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Helen Hulstein Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • financial need required; demonstrate Christian character, concern for others, and active involvement in their church and community
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Paul W. Johnson Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need required; interest in teaching English or language arts
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Gerald L. Klein Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.75+
  • financial need considered; preference to those who demonstrate Christian character and concern for others through active involvement in church and community activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John A. Kuiper Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • junior, senior or post-BA
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; interest in teaching in a Christian school in an urban setting
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Hazel Lawson Teacher Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • junior, senior or post-BA
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
J.C. Lobbes Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,650
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Arthur and Kathryn Mervenne Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
MJB Educational Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need considered
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jay and Lois Mol Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+ (typically)
  • financial need required; preference to those wanting to pursue a career in Christian education
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
William and Matilda Monsma Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to students from the South Chicago area
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Patti J. Morren Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; exhibit qualities such as compassion, love and care-giving
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Tom and Marcia Nobel Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; pursuing an elementary education program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jacob and Jeannette Nyenhuis Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; interest in teaching at the middle or upper school levels
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Kenneth and Katherine Olthoff Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need considered
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Mike and Bette Oostendorp Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; participation in volunteer activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Bernard and Jane Pekelder Special Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior, senior or graduate student
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jack and Kris Ponstine Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need considered; must participate in one or more Calvin College music groups; preference given to graduates of Calvin Christian HS (Grandville, MI) or Grand Rapids Christian HS (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Lori Powell Central Ohio Scholarship
  • award amount: $500
  • first-year
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need not required; resident of the central OH area
  • submit a letter to the Financial Aid Office (finaid@calvin.edu) describing your academic qualifications and career goals by February 1
Prince Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need required; demonstrate evidence of a great love for children by involvement in volunteer activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Pauline Roskam Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Owen and Bonnie Rottschafer Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • automatic consideration for prospective students; returning students apply through the Calvin Portal
Roland and Ellen Schroder Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • sophomore
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; at least one parent who graduated from Calvin College
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Schultze-Weemhoff Family Christian Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; pursuing a career in teaching in a Christian school
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Marion and Nella Snapper Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,650
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need considered; preference to those from the State of Washington
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Angeline Nydam Spoelhof Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need required; planning to teach at the elementary or secondary level
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. Barney Steen Scholarship for Physical Education
Norma Weiden Sterk Teaching Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jennie and Sylvia Stielstra Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • any class level
  • HS GPA 3.0+; Calvin GPA 2.7+
  • financial need required; preference given to children of missionaries
  • prospective students submit a letter to the Financial Aid Office (finaid@calvin.edu) describing your qualifications by February 1; returning students apply through the Calvin Portal
James and Dolly (Hofman) Strikwerda Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • evidence that the scholarship is needed to help meet educational expenses
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John R. and Annie Struyk Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • financial need required;demonstrate Christian character and involvement in extracurricular activities in the community and college
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Bernard and Harriet Te Velde Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; planning to work with persons with disabilities; preference to those from California
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Kenneth and Phyllis Timmer Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need considered; Michigan resident
  • automatic consideration
George and Theresa Triezenberg Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • senior
  • GPA of 2.7+
  • financial need not required
  • pursuing elementary or secondary education; completed a practice teaching semester or has a contract with the Chicago Public School system
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Henry Van Andel Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; first preference to those majoring in art history, then to those majoring in art education
  • apply through the art and art history department
John and Marian Vanden Berg Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • any class level
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; participation and leadership out of the classroom
  • prospective students are considered automatically; returning students apply through the Calvin Portal
Vander Ark Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.75+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Arnold and Janice VanderBok Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • first-year
  • financial need required; speak Spanish fluently; preference to Hispanic students
  • prospective students submit a letter to the Financial Aid Office (finaid@calvin.edu) describing your qualifications by February 1; returning students apply through the Calvin Portal
Vander Haagen Family Scholarship for 5th Year Education Students
  • award amount: $1,500
  • 5th year senior or post-BA
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Margaret and Donald Vander Haar Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,200
  • junior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; be pursuing a major or minor in the sciences within the education (elementary or secondary) program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Judith Vroon Vander Zee Music Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the music department
Janet D. Van Dyke Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; pursuing an elementary education program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Van Til Family Special Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • pursuing a special education major, with preference given to students who have experience volunteering with individuals who have special needs;financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
George J. Van Wesep Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Frank and Helen Veldhuizen Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Rodolfo E. Vilaro Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; preference given to an hispanic student
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Betty Vredevoogd Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.2+
  • financial need not required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Theodore C. Wagenaar Scholarship
  • award amount: $450
  • any class level
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; planning to participate in an off-campus interim or semester in the Southwest United States; pursuing a degree in social sciences or education, in that order
  • automatic consideration
John and Theresa B. Wierenga Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; intending to teach in the sciences
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jeannette and Menno Wolters Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • automatic consideration
Johanna Kempers Wyngaarden Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,700
  • any class level
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; be pursuing an art studio major or an art education major OR be a music major concentrating in piano performance
  • apply through the art and art history department or the music department
Johanna Kempers Wyngaarden Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,700
  • any class level
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; be pursuing an art studio major or an art education major OR be a music major concentrating in piano performance
  • apply through the art and art history department or the music department
Wendell and Dorothy Yonker Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,250
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • automatic consideration
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Faculty

Ken Bergwerff

Ken Bergwerff
Assistant Professor of Science Education
Department of Science Education Studies
NH 052A
kbergwer@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6371

Robert Bobeldyk

Robert Bobeldyk
Assistant Director of Teaching & Learning
Department of Education
HL 105
rbebeldy@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6837

Lois Boerman
Daniel Day

Daniel Day
Teaching Staff
Department of Education
SC 339
djd52@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8776

Sharon DeKleine

Sharon DeKleine
Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology
SF 226
skd7@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7049

Rick Devries

Rick Devries
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
NH 181
redevrie@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7707

Jane Genzink

Jane Genzink
Teaching Staff
Department of Education
jeg3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6204

Nancy Greidanus

Nancy Greidanus
Student Teacher Supervisor
Department of Education
njg2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6201

Phillip Hash

Phillip Hash
Associate Professor (Theory, Composition, History, Music Education)
Associate Professor of Music Education
Department of Music
CF 243
pmh3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6022

Donald Hettinga

Donald Hettinga
Professor
Department of English
CFAC 274
hett@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6520

Nancy Hull

Nancy Hull
Assistant Professor
Department of English
CFAC 286
nhull@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6728

Jim Jadrich

Jim Jadrich
Professor
Science Education
Department of Physics and Astronomy
NH 052C
jjadrich@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6409

Clarence Joldersma

Clarence Joldersma
Professor
Department of Education
SC 311
cjolders@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6596

Robert Keeley

Robert Keeley
Professor
Department of Education
SC 313
rkeeley@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6816

Janice Koop

Janice Koop
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 273
kooj@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6427

Johanna Kuyvenhoven

Johanna Kuyvenhoven
Associate Professor
Department of Education
SC 391
jck8@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7629

James Rooks

James Rooks
Associate Professor of Education, Dean of Teacher Education
Department of Education
SC 399
jrooks@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8694

Gary Schmidt

Gary Schmidt
Professor, on leave spring 2013
Department of English
CFAC 287
schg@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6540

Kara Sevensma

Kara Sevensma
Instructor
Department of Education
SC 303
kcs4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6597

Philip Stegink

Philip Stegink
Assistant Professor
Department of Education
SC 305
pstegink@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6237

Gary Talsma

Gary Talsma
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
NH 280
tals@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6422

Marj Terpstra

Marj Terpstra
Assistant Professor
Department of Education
SC 307
mat7@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6190

Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk

Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk
Associate Professor, department chair
Department of Art and Art History
SC 104A
jpv2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6331

Ellen Van't Hof

Ellen Van't Hof
Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology
SFC 246
evanthof@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6031

Marji Voetberg

Marji Voetberg
Adjunct
mvoetb87@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8572

John Walcott

John Walcott
Assistant Professor
Department of Education
SC 397
jrw7@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6032

Amber Warners

Amber Warners
Associate Professor
Women's Volleyball coach
Department of Kinesiology
SFC 329
awarners@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6223

Nalova Westbrook

Nalova Westbrook
Assistant Professor
Department of Education
SC 397
new2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6028

Susan Wilkins

Susan Wilkins
Student Teacher Supervisor
Department of Education
swilkins@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6201

Talk to us

Ronald Sjoerdsma Ronald Sjoerdsma
Department Chair
Department of Education
SC 389
sjoero@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6213

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