Calvin prides itself in producing compassionate, transformative teachers with a uniquely Christian worldview. Graduate work in teacher education serves to deepen a teacher's educational philosophy.

Overview

Calvin's Graduate Studies in Education (MEd) programs provide postgraduates with the opportunity to integrate a Christian perspective on life and teaching with the knowledge and skills to be transformative educators. Class times are designed to fit an educator's work schedule, and a handful of classes are also available online.

Choose between the following program options:

Careers in Graduate Studies in Education

  • Teacher
  • Administrator
  • Professor
  • Reading Specialist
  • Educational Researcher
  • School Superintendent
  • Curriculum Supervisor
  • ESL Instructor

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Earn your MPTC (Michigan Professional Teaching Certificate) as you gain teaching experience in a local school; teach or volunteer during the day and take classes during the evening.

Course Requirements 2013-14

Graduate Teacher Education

Calvin College offers Master of Education (MEd) programs in curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, literacy and learning disabilities. In addition, post-baccalaureate, non-degree programs are available for obtaining the Michigan Professional Teaching Certificate (6 hours of coursework beyond initial certification) and state endorsements for specialized areas of education.

The Master of Education (MEd) programs serve elementary and secondary teachers and administrators who want advanced professional training and who need to satisfy the requirements for continuing certification or additional endorsements.

Calvin?s MEd is designed especially for teachers who are already certified and experienced in classroom teaching or administration and who wish to attend a Christian college where academic excellence is pursued in the light of Christian commitment. The MEd provides college graduates with an opportunity to integrate an authentic Christian perspective with a broader or deeper range of knowledge and insight into the professional role of the teacher or administrator. Information about MEd programs can be found in the graduate program catalog or on the graduate studies website.

Students who wish to learn more about specific specialty areas in the MEd program should meet with one of the following advisors: J. Simonson, curriculum and instruction, A. Boerema, educational leadership, J. Rooks, literacy, or D. Buursma, learning disabilities.

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Scholarships

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

Art and Marilyn Dykstra Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need is not required; pursuing the M.Ed. Education Leadership program; professing Christian educator; preference to students employed in a CSI school
  • apply through the graduate department
Mary Louise Huizenga Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • financial need required; pursuing the M.Ed. Learning Disabilities program; preference to persons desiring to be employed in a special education program or to those needing additional training; preference to students employed in a Christian Learning Center network
  • apply through the graduate department
Corrine E. Kass Graduate Studies Scholarship
  • award amount: varies
  • GPA 3.3+
  • financial need required; preference to those demonstrating leadership potential and to those who plan to continue their education beyong the master's degree level
  • apply through the graduate department
Fred and Carol Van Den Bosch Scholarship
  • award amount: $6,000+
  • must be taking classes in the M.Ed. Learning Disabilities program
  • financial need required; must be professional Christian teachers, have teaching experience
  • apply through the graduate department
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Faculty

Albert Boerema

Albert Boerema
Professor of Education
Department of Education
SC 315
ajb37@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6036

Debra Buursma

Debra Buursma
Associate Professor of Education
SC 395
dbuursma@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6231

Bruce Hekman

Bruce Hekman
Interim Director, Van Lunen Center
Department of Education
ROB 201A
bah2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6054

Clarence Joldersma

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

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

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

David Smith

David Smith
Dir Institute for Chr Teaching, Professor
Department of German
SC 393
dsmith@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8609

Philip Stegink

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

Susan Verwys

Susan Verwys
Assistant Professor
Department of Education
SC 321
skv5@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6509

Talk to us

David Smith David Smith
Program Director
Department of Graduate Studies in Education
SC 393
dsmith@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8609

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