Resources for Education Students

Handouts

See our handout created Especially for Teachers.

Credential Files

Credential files are maintained by our office and include:

  1. Your personal data sheet
  2. Two or three recommendations:
    • one employer
    • one professor (from any class you have taken - not just education)
    • pastor recommendation or someone who knows your spiritual walk (optional, but encouraged if you'd like to teach in a Christian school)
  3. Your transcript and your final student teaching evaluations (both by your supervisor and cooperating teacher) are added to your file by our office.

**Your resume is not part of your credential file.

Items for credential files should be submitted electronically by you and your recommendation writers to edcareer@calvin.edu.

Requesting Recommendations

You may request more recommndations if you wish—the two or three suggested above is the minimum.

Do not ask your college supervisor or cooperating teacher to write recommendations as they will submit evaluations of your student teaching experience for your file.

Request your recommendations thoughtfully. Once a recommendation is in your file, it can only be removed after receiving permission from the director of career development, which is only granted for special circumstances. When requesting recommendations, ask the prospective recommender if they can give you a glowing letter. If they cannot, ask someone else.

Sending Credential Files

Unless you specifically ask in writing to edcareer@calvin.edu not to have your credential file distributed to employers, we will distribute the information to prospective employers who request it. Even if you do not submit your personal data sheet or recommendations, your credential file will include your performance evaluations and unofficial transcript.

Want your credential file sent to a school? Fill out the credential file request form. You can also use this form to request that access to your credential file be sent to your email address. Be sure to save the documents you are given to access your file in the future.

Your credential file will be stored and distributed to employers upon request by our office for five years. You may submit an updated personal data sheet to edcareer@calvin.edu any time your contact information changes.

Get included in the Teacher List for Employers (for grads of this academic year only)

Enter your information online to be included. School administrators refer to this list frequently when looking for people to fill positions at their schools. This is a valuable job searching tool for you! We update it as students report their jobs.

If school administrators contact you regarding job openings at their schools, please reply out of courtesy even if you're not interested in the position.

There is a one-time $30 fee for education students to cover all of the extra services that are provided to you by our office.