Calvin's teacher education program combines pedagogical theory with hands-on experiences to prepare you to teach in a wide range of educational environments.

Overview

Calvin's secondary education program prepares you for certification in your subject matter concentrations in grades 6-12. Choose a major and minor in areas such as biology, Spanish or history to complement your education courses.

Careers in Education - Secondary

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Student involvement

Volunteer at local high schools; lead Young Life; work with churches in Grand Rapids to coordinate youth-centered events; become a Big Brother or Big Sister; lead on-campus children's programs through the Ecosystem Preserve, chemistry department, English department and more.

Course Requirements 2013-14

Education - Secondary

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.

(32 semester hours)

  • EDUC-102 Introduction to Education
  • EDUC-202 The Learner in the Educational Context: Development and Diversity
  • EDUC-302 Curriculum and Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • EDUC-303 Curriculum and Instruction: Practicum
  • EDUC-307 Reading/Literacy in the Content Area
  • EDUC-346 Directed Teaching: Secondary
  • EDUC-398 Integrative Seminar: Intellectual Foundations of Education
  • IDIS-205 Societal Structures and Education

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2013-14 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
Rose M. Bloem Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior or post BA
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Edgar G. Boeve' Art Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to those with an interest in pursuing a career in art
  • apply through the art and art history department
Maurice and Eunice Bolt Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to those who wish to teach music or art within a public school system
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Helen Bonzelaar Art Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; major in art education
  • apply through the art and art history department
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
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
Otto J. and Adeline De Bruyn Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need required
  • physical education students apply through the Kinesiology Department; education students 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
John De Bie History Scholarship
  • award amount: $900
  • junior
  • GPA of 2.75+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the history department
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
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
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
Edna Greenway Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need not required; submit an essay on how to integrate faith into teaching Spanish
  • apply through the Spanish department
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
Carl and Sandra Gronsman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.75+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
James and Catherine Haveman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • first-year
  • HS GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • automatic consideration
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
Hoeks Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • junior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; preparing to teach Bible or religion studies at a Christian school
  • apply through the religion department
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
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
Kenneth and Lillian Kuiper Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need considered
  • apply through the English department
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
Helen Hoogland Meulink Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • financial need required; secondary education; preference to an English major
  • 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
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
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
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
Dr. Barney Steen Scholarship for Physical Education
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
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
George and Theresa Triezenberg Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • senior
  • GPA of 2.7+
  • financial need not required
  • pursuing elementary or secondary education; completed a practice teaching semester or has a contract with the Chicago Public School system
  • apply through the communication arts and sciences department
John and Antoinette Ubels Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • senior or post-BA
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; committed to a career as a high school teacher; preference to those interested in teaching in a Christian high school
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Henry Van Andel Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; first preference to those majoring in art history, then to those majoring in art education
  • apply through the art and art history department
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
Judith Vroon Vander Zee Music Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the music department
William E. and Connie L. Van Eerden Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.2+
  • financial need is not required; preference to those who demonstrate a passion for teaching in a Christian school or college
  • 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
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
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 D. Warners Scholarship for Secondary Math Education
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial aid considered; pursuing a degree in the Math Secondary Education program; demonstrate leadership as well as special effort and commitment to learning and teaching; preference will be given to students interested in coaching, preference will also be given to ethnic minority students
  • 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
Johanna Kempers Wyngaarden Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,700
  • any class level
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; be pursuing an art studio major or an art education major OR be a music major concentrating in piano performance
  • apply through the art and art history department or the music department
Wendell and Dorothy Yonker Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,250
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • automatic consideration
Paul J. and Eleanor I. Zwier Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,100
  • junior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; intention of teaching mathematics at the high school or college level
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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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

Clarence Joldersma

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

Robert Keeley

Robert Keeley
Professor
Department of Education
SC 313
rkeeley@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6816

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

Marj Terpstra

Marj Terpstra
Assistant Professor
Department of Education
SC 307
mat7@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6190

Marji Voetberg

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

Nalova Westbrook

Nalova Westbrook
Assistant Professor
Department of Education
SC 397
new2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6028

Talk to us

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

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