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 3.00+
  • financial need is 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 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a degree in the teacher education program; available to 5th year students; 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 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a degree in the elementary education program with a desire to teach in a Christian school
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Katherine and Annette Bratt Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing an elementary education program; preference to those wanting to teach in a Christian school
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Gysbert and Marie Bron Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education; preference is given to those who demonstrate exemplary Christian character
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
A. Dale and Mary Buist Family Honors Scholarship
  • award amount: varies
  • first-year
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is not required; an Honors Scholarship recipient; pursuing an education program
  • automatic consideration
Susan Lemmen Byker Honors Scholarship
  • award amount: varies
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is not required; an Honors Scholarship recipient; planning to pursue an education program; from Unity Chr HS (Hudsonville, MI)
  • automatic consideration
Helen Cheuk Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.80+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a degree in education
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John L. De Beer Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in either elementary or secondary education
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Bruce and Joanne Deckinga/Compassion International Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing elementary education or a pre-med program; will correspond with a child through Compassion Internationa; preference is given to those who worked on a garbage truck or play the organ
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Louis (Luke) and Helen DeJonge Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education; demonstrate Christian concern and compassion through volunteer activities with children
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
DeRidder Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; pursuing a degree in education (elementary, secondary, or special education); preference is given to out-of-state students; demonstrate Christ-like character in everyday life, a passion for learning, and who are loving role models to those around them
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Kevin Dale De Rose Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; pursuing a program in education; planning to pursue a career in teaching English at the secondary level
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Eugene and Joan Deur Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • sophomore or junior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education, a pre-ministry program or missions
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
DeVries-Post Teacher Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education; first preference is given to ethnic minorities; second preference is given to students with physical disabilities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Brian E. Dyk Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; first preference is given to graduates of West Side Christian School (Grand Rapids, MI); second preference is given to graduates of one of the following Christian high schools: Calvin Chr (Grandville), Central Wisconsin Chr (Waupun), Grand Rapids Chr, Holland Chr, Kalamazoo Chr, or Unity Chr (Hudsonville)
  • 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: $3,200
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in educatino; first preference is given to graduates from either Kalamazoo Chr HS (Kalamazoo, MI) or Illiana Chr School (Lansing, IL)
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Beulah B. Goodenough Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,300
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in elementary education; committed Christian planning to teach in public schools; preference is given to those who have attended a public school themselves
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Marsha Greenwood Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • junior, senior or Post BA
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business major or pursuing an education program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Mae Groeneveld Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a degree in elementary or middle school education
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Carl and Sandra Gronsman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,750
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.75+
  • financial need is considered; business or social work major or pursuing an education or pre-med program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
James and Barbara Haveman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • any class level
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; planning to major in public health, business, social work or pursuing a degree in engineering or education
  • prospective students submit a letter of recommendation to the Financial Aid Office (finaid@calvin.edu) by February 1; returning students apply through the Calvin Portal
William and Marybeth Haverkamp Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.40+
  • financial need is 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: $2,200
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in elementary education; exemplify a passion for teaching, think creatively and focus on the ability of each child to succeed; demonstrate joy for life and learning; open to different educational settings
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
David and Shirley Hubers Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; pursuing a program in education or major in nursing; admitted to the nursing program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Helen Hulstein Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; pursuing a program in elementary or secondary education; 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: $3,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; intending to teach math or science in grades 6-12
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jacobsen Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,100
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.40+
  • financial need is not required; preference is given to those pursuing an education degree
  • automatic consideration
Harley A. and Julia Janssen Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is considered; chemistry or biochemistry major or minor; preference is given to those pursuing secondary education
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Paul W. Johnson Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; pursuing a degree in education; interest in teaching English or language arts
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Gerald L. Klein Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.75+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in elementary or secondary education, including special education; preference is given 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 of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a career in nursing, education or business
  • automatic consideration
John A. Kuiper Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior, senior or post-BA
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education; 5th year seniors are eligible; demonstrate Christian character and concern for others through active involvement in church and community activities; preference is given to those planning to pursue a career in a Christian school in an urban setting
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Hazel Lawson Teacher Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • junior, senior or post-BA
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education; 5th year seniors are eligible
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
J.C. Lobbes Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Arthur and Kathryn Mervenne Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
MJB Educational Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education; demonstrate Christian character and concern for others through their active involvment in church and community
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jay and Lois Mol Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education; preference is given to those wanting to pursue a career in Christian education; preference is given to those who have worked hard, volunteered and been involved in extracurricular activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Donald and Kathleen Molewyk Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is not required; majoring in education, engineering or nursing
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
William and Matilda Monsma Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; English or communication arts and sciences major; pursuing a program in education or planing a career in a helping profession; preference is given 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 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing an elementary education program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jacob and Jeannette Nyenhuis Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,850
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; pursuing a program in education; interest in teaching at the middle or upper school levels
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Mike and Bette Oostendorp Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education or pre-med; 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 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing an education degree; participate in one or more Calvin College music groups
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Lori Powell Central Ohio Scholarship
  • award amount: $500
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; resident of the central Ohio area; first preference is given to those interested in elementary or secondary education; second preference is given to those who are interested in working with children
  • 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: $2,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education; 5th year seniors are eligible; demonstrate evidence of a great love for children by involvement in volunteer activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Pauline Roskam Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education; planning to teach at the elementary or secondary level; possess Christian character and concern for others as demonstrated by active involvement in volunteer activities in prior years
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Owen and Bonnie Rottschafer Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • any class level
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education
  • automatic consideration for prospective students; returning students apply through the Calvin Portal
Roland and Ellen Schroder Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • sophomore
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business or sociology major or pursuing an education or engineering program; must have at least one parent who graduated from Calvin College
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Schultze-Weemhoff Family Christian Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; pursuing a program in education; pursuing a career in teaching in a Christian school; familiar with the history and philosophy of Christian education and strongly committed to Christian education in the future
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Secondary Science Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; major in secondary science education
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Marion and Nella Snapper Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,200
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a degree in elementary or secondary education; demonstrate a deep desire to work with children and be able to express clearly their reasons for wanting to teach; preference is given to those from the state of Washington
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Angeline Nydam Spoelhof Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education, including special education; planning to teach at the elementary or secondary school level; possess Christian character and concern for others as demonstrated by active involvement in volunteer activities in prior years
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John L. and Carolyn J. Steen Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; graduate of Eastern Chr HS (attending for at least grades 7-12), during which they were active members of the Christian Reformed Church; committed to enrolling in the teacher education program; committed to teaching in a CSI school if at all possible, with strong encouragement to consider Eastern Christian if there are openings available; involved in extracurricular activities
  • application available through Eastern Chr HS
Norma Weiden Sterk Teaching Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing an elementary education program; demonstrate love for students evidenced by being involved in children's lives
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jennie and Sylvia Stielstra Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • any class level
  • HS GPA 3.00+; Calvin GPA 2.70+
  • financial need is considered; intending to serve in either elementary education or in missions; preference is given to children of missionaries; demonstrate Christian character and promise of grown through participation and leadership in activities outside the classroom such as community, church, and extra-curricular school activities
  • 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
Alfred and Bernice Strikwerda Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is required; planning to enter fields of service such as the public sector, teaching, the Peace Corps or Teach for America, working with the handicapped or the disadvantaged, and similar areas of service
  • automatic consideration
James and Dolly (Hofman) Strikwerda Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,750
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education or pre-ministry or pre-dentistry program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John R. and Annie Struyk Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major or pursuing a program in education or pre-ministry
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Kenneth and Phyllis Timmer Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; business, nursing, or communication arts and sciences major or pursuing a program in engineering or education; Michigan resident
  • automatic consideration
Jan D. and Nancy M. Treur Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a secondary education program; interest in public urban secondary education, in reaching "at risk" students, and in volunteerism and community involvement
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Adrian and Margaret Van Andel Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; planning to pursue a degree in education or ministry
  • automatic consideration
John and Marian Vanden Berg Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • any class level
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; preference is given to an econmics major or to someone pursuing a degree in education; demonstrate Christian character and promise of growth through participation and leadership out of the classroom such as community, church and extracurricular school activities
  • 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 is considered; pursuing a program in education; exhibit sound moral character, a commitment to Christian teaching, and promise of expanding maturity
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Arnold and Janice VanderBok Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • first-year
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; majoring or planning to major in a helping profession such as a social worker, teacher, pastor, nurse, or doctor; fluent in Spanish; first preference is given to north American ethnic minorities, with special preference to Hispanic students; preference is also given to first or second generation 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: $1,400
  • 5th year senior or post-BA
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing teacher certification in elementary, secondary, or special education; entering their 5th or 6th year or returning as post-BA
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Margaret and Donald Vander Haar Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,100
  • junior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; 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: $2,350
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in elementary education
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
George J. Van Wesep Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing an elementary education program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Frank and Helen Veldhuizen Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; pursuing a program in education
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Veltkamp Secondary Science Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is 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: $1,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; pursuing a program in education; planning to teach at the junior high or middle school level; possess Christian character and concern for others as demonstrated by active involvement in volunteer activies in prior years
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Rodolfo E. Vilaro Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in elementary or secondary education; preference is given to an hispanic student
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John and Theresa B. Wierenga Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education; intending to teach in the sciences
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jeannette and Menno Wolters Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,800
  • first-year
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; planning to pursue a program in elementary education
  • automatic consideration
Wendell and Dorothy Yonker Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,150
  • junior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; business major or pursuing an education program
  • 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

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

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

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