Calvin's teacher education program combines pedagogical theory with hands-on experiences to prepare our students for a wide range of educational environments.

Overview

As an elementary integrated science minor or major, you'll be certified to teach elementary school and science at any level from Kindergarten through eighth grade. By combining courses in science and pedagogy with hands-on classroom experiences, you'll develop the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to become an inspirational Christian educator.

Careers in Science Education - Elementary

  • Elementary Teacher
  • Middle School Science Teacher

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Student involvement

Volunteer at local schools; lead Young Life; work with churches and schools in Grand Rapids to coordinate youth-centered events; become a Big Brother or Big Sister; lead on-campus children's programs through the nature center, science departments, and more.

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By the numbers

$1.8 million
Grants received by the science education studies program for research and professional development since 2000
80+
Students in Calvin's science education studies program
$1.8 million
Grants received by the science education studies program for research and professional development since 2000

Scholarships

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

Henry Bengelink Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need considered; intend to become a teacher at the high school or college level
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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
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
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
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
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
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
R. and J. Iwema Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need required; intending to teach math or science in grades 6-12
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Harley A. and Julia Janssen Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.2+
  • financial need required; preference to those pursuing secondary education
  • 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
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
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
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
Secondary Science Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • financial need required; major in secondary science education
  • 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
John L. and Carolyn J. Steen Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • first-year
  • financial need required; graduate of Eastern Christian HS
  • application available through Eastern Christian HS
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
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
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
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
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
Veltkamp Secondary Science Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.2+
  • financial need considered; declared major in the secondary science education program
  • 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
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

Ken Bergwerff

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

Crystal Bruxvoort

Crystal Bruxvoort
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Science Education
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
North Hall 052B
cb29@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6019

Jim Jadrich

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

Talk to us

Jim Jadrich Jim Jadrich
Department Co-Chair
Science Education
Department of Science Education Studies
NH 052C
jjadrich@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6409

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

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