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 a secondary integrated science major, you'll be certified to teach all areas of science from middle school through 12th 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 - Secondary

  • High School Science Teacher
  • Middle School Science Teacher
  • Overseas Teaching
  • Missions Work

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Student involvement

Volunteer at local schools; lead on-campus education programs through the nature center or science departments; do research in science education; work with churches and schools in Grand Rapids to coordinate youth-centered events; and more.

Scholarships

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

Henry Bengelink Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; intend to become a teacher at the high school or college level
  • search and apply here
Bette and John Bosma Teacher Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • 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
  • search and apply here
Gysbert and Marie Bron Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • 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
  • search and apply here
A. Dale and Mary Buist Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,900
  • first-year
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is not required; pursuing an education program
  • search and apply here
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)
  • search and apply here
Helen Cheuk Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.80+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a degree in education
  • search and apply here
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
  • search and apply here
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
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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
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Kevin Dale De Rose Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,100
  • 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
  • search and apply here
Eugene and Joan Deur Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • sophomore or junior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education, a pre-ministry program or missions
  • search and apply here
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
  • search and apply here
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)
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Richard and Marion Dykstra Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; demonstrate a Calvinistic world-life view
  • search and apply here
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)
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Marsha Greenwood Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,400
  • junior, senior or Post BA
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business major or pursuing an education program
  • search and apply here
Carl and Sandra Gronsman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.75+
  • financial need is considered; business or social work major or pursuing an education or pre-med program
  • search and apply here
James and Barbara Haveman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • 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
  • search and apply here
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
  • search and apply here
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
  • search and apply here
Helen Hulstein Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • 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
  • search and apply here
R. and J. Iwema Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; intending to teach math or science in grades 6-12
  • search and apply here
Jacobsen Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.40+
  • financial need is not required; preference is given to those pursuing an education degree
  • search and apply here
Harley A. and Julia Janssen Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • 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
  • search and apply here
Paul W. Johnson Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; pursuing a degree in education; interest in teaching English or language arts
  • search and apply here
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
  • search and apply here
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
  • search and apply here
John A. Kuiper Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • 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
  • search and apply here
Hazel Lawson Teacher Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • junior, senior or post-BA
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education; 5th year seniors are eligible
  • search and apply here
J.C. Lobbes Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education
  • search and apply here
Arthur and Kathryn Mervenne Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education
  • search and apply here
MJB Educational Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,650
  • 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
  • search and apply here
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
  • search and apply here
Donald and Kathleen Molewyk Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is not required; majoring in education, engineering or nursing
  • search and apply here
William and Matilda Monsma Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • 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
  • search and apply here
Jacob and Jeannette Nyenhuis Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • 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
  • search and apply here
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
  • search and apply here
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
  • search and apply here
Prince Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,800
  • 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
  • search and apply here
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
  • search and apply here
Owen and Bonnie Rottschafer Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • any class level
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education
  • search and apply here
Roland and Ellen Schroder Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,200
  • 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
  • search and apply here
Schultze-Weemhoff Family Christian Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • 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
  • search and apply here
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
  • search and apply here
Marion and Nella Snapper Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,300
  • 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
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Angeline Nydam Spoelhof Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,600
  • 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
  • search and apply here
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
  • search and apply here
Norma Weiden Sterk Teaching Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • 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
  • search and apply here
Alfred and Bernice Strikwerda Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,700
  • 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
  • search and apply here
James and Dolly (Hofman) Strikwerda Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education or pre-ministry or pre-dentistry program
  • search and apply here
John R. and Annie Struyk Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major or pursuing a program in education or pre-ministry
  • search and apply here
Kenneth and Phyllis Timmer Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • 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
  • search and apply here
Jan D. and Nancy M. Treur Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • 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
  • search and apply here
Eric and Wendy Van Vugt Urban Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required but will be considered; planning to pursue a career in urban education
  • search and apply here
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
  • search and apply here
John and Marian Vanden Berg Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • any class level
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; preference is given to an economics 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
  • search and apply here
Vander Ark Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • 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
  • search and apply here
Arnold and Janice VanderBok Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • 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
  • search and apply here
Vander Haagen Family Scholarship for 5th Year Education Students
  • award amount: $1,600
  • 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
  • search and apply here
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
  • search and apply here
George J. Van Wesep Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing an elementary education program
  • search and apply here
Frank and Helen Veldhuizen Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; pursuing a program in education
  • search and apply here
Veltkamp Secondary Science Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is considered; declared major in the secondary science education program
  • search and apply here
Lois R. (Post) and Nelson L. Veltman Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • 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
  • search and apply here
Verbrugge-Hoogwerf Family Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; preference given to a student who has a desire to teach in a Christian school; demonstrates a desire to continue his or her education in graduate school
  • search and apply here
Rodolfo E. Vilaro Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • 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
  • search and apply here
John and Theresa B. Wierenga Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education; intending to teach in the sciences
  • search and apply here
Tom and Reca Winkle Family Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.5+
  • financial need is considered; have graduated from a Christian high school; first preference is for a student who demonstrates a desire to pursue a teaching career in a Christian school; demonstrate a servant heart and a strong faith commitment, both at school and in the broader community
  • search and apply here
Wendell and Dorothy Yonker Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; business major or pursuing an education program
  • search and apply here
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Faculty

Eric Arnoys

Eric Arnoys
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 233
earnoys@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6051

David Benson

David Benson
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 303
deb22@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7699

Ronald Blankespoor

Ronald Blankespoor
Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 227
blan@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6174

Curtis Blankespoor

Curtis Blankespoor
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 123
cblankes@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6498

Crystal Bruxvoort

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

Randall DeJong

Randall DeJong
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 109
rdejong@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7625

Roger DeKock

Roger DeKock
Professor Emeritus
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
NH 262
dekock@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6344

David Dornbos

David Dornbos
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 205
dld9@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8578

Herbert Fynewever

Herbert Fynewever
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 305
hrf3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7711

Loren Haarsma

Loren Haarsma
Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
SB 260
lhaarsma@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8517

Paul Harper

Paul Harper
Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
SB 161
pharper@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6408

David Koetje

David Koetje
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 105
dkoetje@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7047

Larry Molnar

Larry Molnar
Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
SB 173
lmolnar@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6341

Rich Nyhof

Rich Nyhof
Professor
Pre-professional health advisor: Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry
Department of Biology
DH 111
nyhr@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6347

Anding Shen

Anding Shen
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 209
as28@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6025

Kumar Sinniah

Kumar Sinniah
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 225
ksinniah@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6058

Ralph Stearley

Ralph Stearley
Professor
NH 071
rstearle@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6370

Chad Tatko

Chad Tatko
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 307
cdt2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7584

Deanna van Dijk

Deanna van Dijk
Professor
NH 079
dvandijk@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6510

Douglas Vander Griend

Douglas Vander Griend
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 231
dav4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8729

Dave Warners

Dave Warners
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 125
dwarners@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6820

Amy Wilstermann

Amy Wilstermann
Associate Professor
Associate Director, The Calvin Honors Program
Department of Biology
DH 129
amw26@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7620

Talk to us

Crystal Bruxvoort Crystal Bruxvoort
Program Director
Department of Science Education Studies
NH 052B
cb29@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6019

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