|"The best thing we had reinforced at Calvin was a reformed world and life view. It has been helpful all our lives."Class of '52|
After Calvin's establishment as a school to teach pastors in 1876, teacher training was the first program of study added. In 1900, the curriculum was modified to include courses that would allow students to earn a teaching certificate.
While among the earliest of programs at the college, education continues to be a dominant force, with nearly 20 percent of the students majoring in education. This means that each year about 200 new teachers graduate and enter the workforce hoping to have a lasting influence on the lives of children.
Calvin graduates go on to teach in a variety of settings including both public and non-public schools, special education classes, international settings and in a wide range of ethnic situations.
Because of the diverse range of opportunities for teachers, a relatively new prerequisite for entering the program is experience in a multicultural setting.
"What we are really trying to do is broaden our students' vision a little," said Susan Hasseler, education department chair. "Students are required to spend 15 hours throughout the semester in a situation where they experience an ethnic setting other than their own."
Creating these opportunities for students has really connected the Calvin education department to the community, she said. Students are in the community volunteering in after-school programs, computer labs, homework houses and tutoring.
"Taking students out of their comfort zone helps them understand the community in a more meaningful way," said Hasseler. "Students often find that their preconceived notions generally don't hold true; their perception of an urban school is often changed by working with caring teachers and wonderful kids."
|Teacher Education Program Statistics|
|Enrollment Information (Fall of 2001)|
(2001 teacher certification graduates)
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