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Overview

To receive a special education endorsement on your teaching certificate, you will need to major in cognitive impairment and take all education courses required for the elementary education certification. In this program, you will be certified to teach students with cognitive impairment in grades K-12 and all children grades K-5.

Careers in Education - Special (Cognitive Impairment)

  • Special education teacher

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Student involvement

Volunteer for Special Olympics; work with developmentally-disabled young adults through Calvin's Ready for Live program; volunteer in local schools

Course Requirements 2013-14

Education - Special and Cognitive Impariment

The undergraduate teacher education program is described in detail in the Teacher Education Program Guidebook, which is available from the Education Department. The Guidebook includes specialized core requirements, criteria for admission to the teacher education program, criteria for admission to directed teaching (the full-time student teaching semester) and requirements for teacher certification. Normally, students apply to be admitted into the teacher education program during their sophomore year.

(38 semester hours)

  • EDUC-202 The Learner in the Educational Context: Development and Diversity
  • BIOL-115 Human Biology
  • PSYC-151 Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC-201 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
  • PSYC-213 Mental Health & the Classroom
  • EDUC-306 Introduction to Cognitive Impairment
  • EDUC-310 Assessment in Cognitive Impairment
  • EDUC-312 Teaching Exceptional Students
  • EDUC-330 Curriculum and Instruction: Cognitive Impairment
  • EDUC-347 Directed Teaching: Cognitive Impairment

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Scholarships

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
Kraay Family Legacy
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need considered
  • automatic consideration
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
Donald and Kathleen Molewyk Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need not required
  • 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
Norma Weiden Sterk Teaching Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • 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
Jan D. and Nancy M. Treur Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need required; pursuing a secondary education program; interest in public urban secondary education
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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
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
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
Lois R. (Post) and Nelson L. Veltman Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need required; planning to teach at the junior high or middle school level
  • 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
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

Hessel Bouma

Hessel Bouma
Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
DH 221
boum@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6401

Laura DeHaan

Laura DeHaan
Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 375
ldehaan@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8689

Arlene Hoogewerf

Arlene Hoogewerf
Professor
department chair
Department of Biology
DH 105
ahoogewe@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8668

Kara Sevensma

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

Ronald Sjoerdsma

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

Philip Stegink

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

Donald Tellinghuisen

Donald Tellinghuisen
Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 361
dtelling@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6745

Peter Tigchelaar

Peter Tigchelaar
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 107
ptigch@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6346

Marji Voetberg

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

Julie Yonker

Julie Yonker
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 380
jey2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7668

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Program Director
Department of Education
SC 305
pstegink@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6237

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