Whether you're teaching Spanish or geology, history or math, literature or physical education, be the teacher that makes a lasting difference in a child’s life.

Students in the Elementary Education Program earn certification in grades K-5, all subjects, and grades 6-8 in their major and minor subject areas. An early childhood endorsement is also available for grades Pre-K through Kindergarten. The elementary education program can be completed in four years with careful planning.

Here are a few tips that will help you make it in four years:

  • Choose courses recommended for elementary education.
  • Decide early which levels and subjects you would like to teach.
  • Try to qualify for high school exemptions.
  • Be willing to take summer courses.

Consult the timeline for a more in-depth view of how the program goes.

Course Requirements 2016-2017

Core courses are intended to help you think more deeply and critically, using the tools of the various disciplines, with the mind and heart of Christ, about the wide range of issues that confront us in today's world. The core is relevant to your preparation as a teacher as well, because it will enable you to make instructional decisions with discernment.

Note: In addition to the courses listed below, you will complete additional core courses listed on your Elementary Education AER and subject area major/minor courses.

(84-85 semester hours)

  • CAS-214 Creating Comm Arts in the Classroom
  • GEOG-243 The United States and the World
  • One from:
    • HIST-151 History of the West & World I
    • HIST-152 History of the West & World II
  • ENGL-101 Written Rhetoric
  • One from:
  • EDUC-102 Introduction to Education
  • EDUC-202 The Learner in the Educational Context: Development and Diversity
  • EDUC-210 Music and Art in the Elementary Classroom
  • EDUC-302 Curriculum and Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • EDUC-303 Curriculum and Instruction: Practicum
  • EDUC-305 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary and Middle School
  • EDUC-309 Teaching Religion to Children and Adolescents
  • EDUC-322 Introduction to Methods of Teaching Reading: Elementary
  • EDUC-326 Reading/Language Arts in the Elementary School
  • EDUC-345 Directed Teaching: Elementary
  • EDUC-398 Integrative Seminar: Intellectual Foundations of Education
  • IDIS-110 Foundations of Information Technology
  • IDIS-205 Societal Structures and Education
  • KIN-223 Movement and Health Education in the Elementary Classroom
  • SCES-121 Content & Nature of Science
  • SCES-122 Science Content & Skills for Elementary Teachers
  • One from:
  • MATH-221 The Real Number System and Methods for Elementary School Teachers
  • MATH-222 Geometry, Probability, Statistics, and Methods for Elementary School Teachers
  • MATH-323 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary and Middle School
  • One from PER 101-112
  • PER-150 Educational Dance

Elementary candidates will be certified to teach grades K-5 all subjects, grades 6-8 all subjects in a self-contained class and the major/minor subjects in grades 6-8 in Michigan. K-12 Chinese, French, Spanish and special education majors are also available to elementary candidates. K-12 art and k-12 music are available through the secondary program. Consider the following high-need teaching fields when choosing your major/minor subjects: Bilingual Spanish, Chinese, Early Childhood, English as a Second Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Spanish, and Special Education. When you have determined your major and/or minors, complete the Declaration form for Academic Services.

Elementary candidates may choose one major, a major and minor, or two minors from the lists below. One major is usually the shortest program, but a major and minor or two minors can lead to greater marketability due to certification in more subject areas.

Elementary Education Majors

(choose one)

(39-42 semester hours)

  • CHIN-101 Elementary Chinese
  • CHIN-102 Elementary Chinese
  • CHIN-201 Intermediate Chinese
  • CHIN-202 Intermediate Chinese
  • CHIN-301 Advanced Chinese Language I
  • CHIN-302 Advanced Chinese Language II
  • CHIN-311 Readings on Society & Culture I
  • CHIN-312 Readings on Society & Culture II
  • STCH-203 Traditional Chinese Civilization (in Beijing) Candidates who have lived in China for at least one year may substitute HIST-245 East Asia to 1800 if approved by the advisor.
  • STCH-204 Modern China (in Beijing) Candidates who have lived in China for at least one year may substitute HIST-346 Modern China if approved by the advisor.
  • One from:
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World Language Pedagogy
    • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World Language Pedagogy
  • IDIS-359 Seminar in Secondary World Lang Pedagogy (required for secondary certificate candidates only - concurrent with EDUC-346 Directed Teaching: Secondary)

*Students who have lived in China for at least one year may seek advisor approval for the on-campus history alternate to a semester in China (STCH).


Candidates complete oral proficiency testing prior to student teaching. Discuss this requirement with the Chinese advisor.

Larry Herzberg

Associate Professor of Asian Languages
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(42-45 semester hours)

  • CHIN-101 Elementary Chinese
  • CHIN-102 Elementary Chinese
  • CHIN-201 Intermediate Chinese
  • CHIN-202 Intermediate Chinese
  • CHIN-301 Advanced Chinese Language I
  • CHIN-302 Advanced Chinese Language II
  • CHIN-311 Readings on Society & Culture I
  • CHIN-312 Readings on Society & Culture II
  • One from:
    • STCH-203 Traditional Chinese Civilization (in Beijing)
    • HIST-245* East Asia to 1800
  • One from:
  • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World Language Pedagogy
  • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World Language Pedagogy
  • IDIS-359 Seminar in Secondary World Lang Pedagogy (secondary education only)

*Students who have lived in China for at least one year may seek advisor approval for the on-campus history alternate to a semester in China (STCH).


Candidates complete oral proficiency testing prior to student teaching. Discuss this requirement with the Chinese advisor.

Elementary candidates may be certified to teach K-5 all subjects and K-12 Chinese based on completion of the Elementary Education Program and this K-12 major. Elementary candidates complete an elementary Chinese field placement during IDIS 356 and a secondary Chinese field placement during IDIS 357. EDUC 303 aiding and EDUC 345 student teaching are in regular elementary classrooms (candidates are encouraged to teach some Chinese in these placements if at all possible).

Larry Herzberg

Associate Professor of Asian Languages
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Loving children as God loves us

Calvin's early childhood education major equips you to work with innovative methods, including inquiry learning, to engage the curiosity of all young children. In addition to earning an endorsement to work with children from birth to age 5 in inclusive environments, Calvin's early childhood education majors are also certified to teach kindergarten - grade 5 through the elementary education program.

(31 semester hours)

  • EDUC-202 The Learner in the Educational Context: Development and Diversity
  • EDUC-236 The Young Child in an Educational Setting
  • EDUC-238 Developmentally Appropriate Practice with Young Children
  • EDUC-312 Teaching Exceptional Students
  • EDUC-335 Assessment of the Young Child
  • EDUC-337 Curriculum Theory and Development: Early Childhood Education
  • EDUC-339 The Early Childhood Professional
  • EDUC-343 Early Childhood Education: Preschool Field Experience
  • SOC-304 The Family (alternate years)
  • SPAUD-311 Child Language Development

Some school districts require the Early Childhood endorsement for preschool through second grade teaching positions. Candidates interested in teaching preschool, preschool special education, kindergarten, first grade or second grade should consider the Early Childhood major. Candidates complete the Elementary Program and are also certified to teach grades K-5, all subjects.

Susan Verwys

Assistant Professor
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(31-34 semester hours)

  • FREN-301 Advanced Conversation
  • FREN-302 Advanced Grammar
  • FREN-351 Survey of French Literature
  • IDIS-356 World Languages Pedagogy
  • Choose one elective from the Study in France Program, Interim abroad, or:
    • FREN-372 French Linguistics
    • FREN-373 French for International Business
    • FREN-374 Women and Gender in French Literature & Culture
    • FREN-375 French Cinema
    • FREN-394 Medieval and Early Modern French Literature
    • FREN-395 French Literature Before and After the Revolution
    • FREN-396 Contemporary French Literature and Thought
  • All French Education majors must complete the Study in France Program:
    • STFR-315 Advanced Language Study in France I
    • STFR-316 Advanced Language Study in France II
    • STFR-381 Special Topics
    • STFR-330 Contemporary France
    • One course from:
      • STFR-361 Francophone Literature & Culture in Quebec
      • STFR-362 Francophone Literature & Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa & the Diaspora
      • STFR-363 Francophone Literature & Culture in North Africa

Candidates need to pass the French Department’s Competency Exam and Oral Proficiency Interview in addition to the French MTTC test.

Jolene Vos-Camy

Professor
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(30-33 semester hours)

  • GERM-301 Advanced German Language and Culture
  • GERM-302 German Culture and Intercultural Studies
  • GERM-303 Introduction to German Literature
  • GERM-361 Advanced Writing in Cultural Context
  • GERM-395 German Literature and the Reading Self
  • Three electives (at least 9 hours) number 301 or higher. One may be the German Interim Abroad:
    • GERM-362 Culture and Language through Performed Texts
    • GERM-371 German Visual Culture and Literature
    • GERM-372 Outside Voices: German Culture from the Margins
    • GERM-381 Special Topics
    • German interim abroad
  • One from:
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World Language Pedagogy
    • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World Language Pedagogy
  • IDIS-359 Seminar in Secondary World-Languages Pedagogy (secondary major only)

Secondary majors take IDIS-359: Seminar in Secondary World Languages Padagogy concurrently with EDUC-346: Directed Teaching: Secondary.

Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim

Associate Professor
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(36-38 semester hours)

    One from:
  • ASTR-110 Planets, Stars and Galaxies
  • ASTR-111 The Solar System
  • BIOL-123 Living Systems
  • CHEM-101 The Molecular World (spring only)
  • One from:
    • GEOL-112 Earth Science for Educators (recommended-May term, alternate years)
    • GEOG-120 Earth Systems
  • PHYS-212 Inquiry-Based Physics (fall only)
  • SCES-121 The Content and Nature of Science for Elementary Teachers
  • SCES-122 Science Content and Skills for Elementary Teachers
  • One from:
    • SCES 312 Teaching Science in Elementary and Middle School
    • SCES 313 Teaching Science in Elementary and Middle School
  • Advisor-approved elective in life science
  • Advisor-approved elective in science

Ken Bergwerff

Assistant Professor
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Jim Jadrich

Professor
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(36 semester hours)

  • One from:
    • CAS-203 Performance Studies
    • CAS or English performance-based Interim
  • CAS-214 Creating Communication Arts in the Classroom
  • ENGL-261 Academic and Professional Writing
  • ENGL-230 Understanding Literature
  • One from:
    • ENGL-200 Literature in a Global Context
    • ENGL-225 African-American Literature
    • ENGL-226 Ethnicity in American Literature
  • One from:
    • ENGL-340 Children's Literature
    • ENGL-341 Adolescent Literature
    • Language Arts majors will be exempted from the ENGL 295 prerequisite in order to take either 340 or 341. Should they wish to take both or other 300-level literature courses, they will need to take ENGL 295.
  • One from:
    • ENGL-370 Linguistics
    • ENGL-372 Sociolinguistics and Issues in Language Education
    • SPAUD-101 Introduction to Speech Pathology and Audiology
    • SPAUD-311 Child Language Development
  • ENGL-351 Language, Grammar, and Writing for the Elementary Classroom
  • ENGL-352 Teaching of Literature
  • EDUC-322 Introduction to Methods of Teaching Reading: Elementary
  • EDUC-326 Reading/Language Arts in the Elementary School

Donald Hettinga

Professor
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(30 semester hours)

  • IDIS-110 Foundations of Information Technology
  • MATH-100 Mathematics in the Contemporary World
  • One sequence from:
    • MATH-169 Elementary Functions and Calculus I
    • MATH-170 Elementary Functions and Calculus II
    • IS-141 Computing with Databases
    • IS-171 Computing with Spreadsheets
    OR
  • One from:
  • MATH-221 The Real Number System and Methods for Elementary School Teachers
  • MATH-222 Geometry, Probability, Statistics, and Methods for Elementary School Teachers
  • MATH-323 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary and Middle School
  • MATH interim elective (Materials for K–8 Mathematics recommended)

Janice Koop

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Gary Talsma

Professor
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Build a broad basis of knowledge to allow you to answer even the toughest questions as you teach children about the country and the world they live in.

(39 semester hours)

  • ECON-221 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON-222 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • EDUC-305 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
  • GEOG-243 The United States and the World
  • HIST-151 History of the West & World I
  • HIST-152 History of the West & World II
  • HIST-229 U.S.A.
  • IDIS-205 Societal Structures and Education
  • POLS-101 Ideas/Institutions in American Politics
  • POLS-202 State Politics & American Federalism
  • Elective
  • Advisor approved geography elective

Students must take two specified courses from each of the following four disciplines: economics, geography, history, and political science. (Specific course choices are listed in the Teacher Education Program Guidebook.) In addition, students must complete a sequence of courses from one of these disciplines chosen in consultation with a social studies advisor. Students seeking special advice on elementary teacher education should consult R. Schoone-Jongen or D. Miller.


Requirements for all majors

  • One from: 
    • HIST-151 History of the West and the World I
    • HIST-152 History of the West and the World II

with a minimum grade of a C

  • One from a period before 1500:
    • HIST-151 History of the West and the World I
    • HIST-261 Ancient Mediterranean
    • HIST-262 Early Medieval Worlds, 300-1000
    • HIST-263 Medieval and Renaissance Europe, 1000-1500
    • HIST-362 Studies in Ancient and Medieval Europe
  • One from a period after 1500
  • Two 300-level courses in addition to the required HIST-395 and HIST-395
  • Elective credit may be met by an interim W40 or 280 history course

Robert Schoone-Jongen

Associate Professor
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(31 semester hours)


Prior to student teaching, candidates must successfully complete all three portions of the Spanish Department Proficiency Exam: Grammar, Composition, and Oral. The Proficiency Exam is offered by the Spanish Department four times each year. For dates and details, see Nora Koster in the Spanish Department. Candidates need a minimum of 80% on the Grammar Exam and need to attain a rating of Advanced Low for both the Composition and the Oral tests.

Scott Lamanna

Assistant Professor
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Marcie Pyper

Professor
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Maria Rodriguez

Assistant Professor
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The 37-38 hour Spanish elementary education major K-12 combined with courses in the education department will prepare you to teach Spanish in a K-12 setting. For this major the field experience for Education 302/303 must be in an elementary school.

(35-36 semester hours)

  • SPAN-301 Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Conversation I
  • SPAN-302 Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Conversation II
  • SPAN-308 Introduction to the Hispanic World I
  • SPAN-309 Introduction to the Hispanic World ll
  • SPAN-340 Spanish Phonology and Dialectology
  • One from:
    • SPAN-370 Advanced Cultural Topics
    • SPAN-395 Palabra y mundo: the Word and the World
  • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World-Languages Pedagogy
  • IDIS-357* Introduction to Secondary World-Languages Pedagogy
  • Advisor-approved Spanish semester abroad
  • Advisor-approved electives to reach a minimum of 35 hours

* For the K-12 Elementary endorsement, IDIS-357 requires a secondary field placement in addition to the regular course work.

Elementary candidates will be certified to teach K-5 all subjects and K-12 Spanish based on completion of this K-12 major and the Elementary Education Program. Elementary candidates complete an elementary Spanish field placement during IDIS 356 and a secondary Spanish field placement during IDIS 357. EDUC 303 aiding and EDUC 345 student teaching are in regular elementary classrooms (candidates are encouraged to teach some Spanish in these placements if at all possible).

Prior to student teaching, candidates must successfully complete all three portions of the Spanish Department Proficiency Exam: Grammar, Composition, and Oral. The Proficiency Exam is offered by the Spanish Department four times each year. For dates and details, see Nora Koster in the Spanish Department. Candidates need a minimum of 80% on the Grammar Exam and need to attain a rating of Advanced Low for both the Composition and the Oral tests.

Scott Lamanna

Assistant Professor
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Marcie Pyper

Professor
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Maria Rodriguez

Assistant Professor
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Learn to create safe learning spaces where all God's children are truly transformed.

(38 semester hours)

  • BIOL-115 Human Biology
  • PSYC-151 Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC-201 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
  • EDUC-202 The Learner in the Educational Context: Development and Diversity
  • EDUC-306 Introduction to Cognitive Impairment
  • EDUC-310 Assessment in Cognitive Impairment
  • EDUC-312 Teaching Exceptional Students
  • EDUC-330 Curriculum and Instruction: Cognitive Impairment
  • EDUC-347 Directed Teaching: Cognitive Impairment

Debra Buursma

Associate Professor
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Philip Stegink

Assistant Professor
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Elementary Education Minors

(choose two)

Do you have a passion for Spanish language and Hispanic culture? If you're majoring in Spanish education, consider our unique bilingual education minor.

(20-21 semester hours)

  • IDIS-205 Societal Structures and Education as a Social Enterprise
  • ENGL-372 Sociolinguistics and Issues in Language Education
  • ENGL-375 Grammar for Teachers of ESL
  • IDIS-301 Introduction to Bilingual and ESL Education
  • (concurrent with EDUC-302 and EDUC-303)
  • SPAN-310 Hispanic Culture in the United States
  • SPAN-340 Spanish Phonology and Dialectology*
  • One from:

Students earning the bilingual Spanish endorsement must major in Spanish and minor in Bilingual Spanish (this requirement does not apply to certified teachers adding the bilingual Spanish endorsement).

All candidates must pass the Spanish Department Proficiency Tests.

If you are interested in a bilingual endorsement program, you must request a bilingual teacher aiding experience in Education 303. SPAN 310 and 340 may count towards both the bilingual minor and Spanish major.

In Michigan, teachers certified in bilingual Spanish are also qualified to teach English as a second language classes at the level of their certification.

Students earning the bilingual Spanish endorsement must major in Spanish and minor in Bilingual Spanish (this requirement does not apply to certified teachers adding the bilingual Spanish endorsement).

All candidates must pass the Spanish Department Proficiency Tests.

If you are interested in a bilingual endorsement program, you must request a bilingual teacher aiding experience in Education 303. SPAN 310 and 340 may count towards both the bilingual minor and Spanish major.

In Michigan, teachers certified in bilingual Spanish are also qualified to teach English as a second language classes at the level of their certification.

Marcie Pyper

Professor
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(30 semester hours)

  • CHIN-101 Elementary Chinese
  • CHIN-102 Elementary Chinese
  • CHIN-201 Intermediate Chinese
  • CHIN-202 Intermediate Chinese
  • CHIN-301 Advanced Chinese Language I
  • CHIN-302 Advanced Chinese Language II
  • One from:
  • One from:
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World Language Pedagogy
    • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World Language Pedagogy

An Interim or summer in China is highly recommended. Discuss possibilities with your Chinese advisor.

Candidates complete oral proficiency testing prior to student teaching. Discuss this requirement with the Chinese advisor.

Larry Herzberg

Associate Professor of Asian Languages
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(22 semester hours)

  • SPAUD-216 Phonetics
  • One from:
  • ENGL-372 Sociolinguistics and Issues in Language Education
  • ENGL-375 Grammar for Teachers of ESL
  • IDIS-301 Introduction to Bilingual and ESL Education
  • (concurrent with EDUC-203-303)
  • One from:
    • EDUC-303 Practicum in ESL
    • (concurrent with IDIS-301)
    • EDUC-590 for teachers in the ESL endorsement program
  • One from:
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World-Languages Pedagogy
    • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World-Languages Pedagogy

IDIS 301 must be taken during the same fall semester as EDUC 302 and 303.

Secondary candidates should consider the English major in addition to the ESL minor.

The ESL minor may be combined with the language arts minor, but ENGL 370, 372, and 375 may not overlap. In addition to ENGL 370, 372, and 375, the candidate must complete SPAUD 215 or 311 and ENGL 374. When combined with the ESL minor, the language arts minor requires 5 courses (3 cr. each) beyond those already required for elementary education and the ESL minor. The language arts major requires 6 courses (3 cr. each) beyond those already required for elementary education and the ESL minor. Two courses may overlap between the language arts major and ESL minor.

The ESL minor may be combined with the Spanish minor, but SPAN 340 may not overlap. In addition to SPAN 340, the candidate must complete ENGL 370. IDIS 356 or 357 may overlap.

Adult learners and teachers in the ESL endorsement program must demonstrate competency in at least one world language. Competency is defined as the successful completion of the equivalent of two years of study in college or four years in high school with a minimum grade of C in each course.

Students who would like to be certified to teach both ESL and bilingual Spanish may complete both programs at Calvin along with the Spanish major. Because of the number of overlapping courses, only one of the minors may appear on the Calvin degree. The other minor will be added as an additional endorsement to the teaching certificate after graduation. Students interested in this option should meet with the Teacher Certification Coordinator to set up a plan. Students must complete field experiences in both ESL and bilingual Spanish settings. The field experiences will be arranged during EDUC 303 and IDIS 301 or completed as an independent study for two semester hours.

Dean Ward

Professor
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(22 semester hours)

  • FREN-301 Advanced Conversation
  • FREN-302 Advanced Grammar
  • FREN-351 Survey of French Literature
  • One from:
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World Language Pedagogy
    • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World Language Pedagogy
  • One from:
    • FREN-361 Francophone Literature and Culture in Quebec
    • FREN-362 Francophone Literature and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora
    • FREN-363 Francophone Literature and Culture in North Africa
  • Two electives chosen from:
    • FREN-372 French Linguistics
    • FREN-373 French for International Business
    • FREN-374 Women and Gender in French Literature and Culture
    • FREN-375 French Cinema
    • FREN-381 Special Topics
    • FREN-394 Medieval and Early Modern French Literature
    • FREN-395 French Literature Before and After the French Revolution
    • FREN-396 Contemporary French Literature and Thought
  • STFR-315 Advanced Stylistics & Phonetics
  • STFR-316 Advanced Language Study in France II
  • STFR-330 Contemporary France
  • Approved interim abroad

Candidates need to pass the French Department’s Competency Exam and Oral Proficiency Interview in addition to the French MTTC test.

Jolene Vos-Camy

Professor
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(21 semester hours)

  • GERM-301 Advanced German Language and Culture
  • GERM-302 German Culture and Intercultural Studies
  • GERM-361 Advanced Writing in Cultural Context
  • Three electives:
    • GERM-362 Culture and Language through Performed Texts
    • GERM-371 German Visual Culture and Literature
    • GERM-372 Outside Voices: German Culture from the Margins
    • GERM-381 Special Topics
    • German interim abroad
  • One from:
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World Language Pedagogy
    • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World Language Pedagogy

Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim

Associate Professor
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(26 semester hours)

  • BIOL-123 Living Systems
  • CHEM-101 The Molecular World
  • One from:
    • GEOL-112 Earth Science for Educators (recommended-May term, alternate years)
    • GEOG 120 Earth Systems
  • PHYS-212 Inquiry-Based Physics
  • SCES-121 The Content and Nature of Science for Elementary Teachers
  • SCES-122 Science Content and Skills for Elementary Teachers
  • One from:
    • SCES-312 Science Teaching in Elementary and Middle School
    • SCES-313 Science Teaching in Elementary and Middle School

Ken Bergwerff

Assistant Professor
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Jim Jadrich

Professor
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(24 semester hours)

  • One from:
    • CAS-203 Performance Studies (fall only)
    • CAS or English performance-based Interim
  • CAS-214 Creating Communication Arts in the Classroom
  • One from:
  • One from:
    • ENGL-340 Children's Literature
    • ENGL-341 Adolescent Literature
    • Language Arts minors will be exempted from the ENGL 295 prerequisite in order to take either 340 or 341. Should they wish to take both or other 300-level literature courses, they will need to take ENGL 295.
  • One from:
    • ENGL-370 Linguistics
    • ENGL-372 Sociolinguistics and Issues in Language Education
    • SPAUD-101 Introduction to Speech Pathology and Audiology
    • SPAUD-311 Child Language Development
  • One from:
  • One from:
    • ENGL-351 Language, Grammar, and Writing for the Elementary Classroom
    • ENGL-352 Teaching of Literature
  • EDUC-326 Reading/Language Arts in the Elementary School

Donald Hettinga

Professor
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(22-23 semester hours)

  • IDIS-110 Foundations of Information Technology
  • One from:
    • MATH-132 Calculus for Management, Life, and Social Sciences
    • MATH-171 Calculus I
  • One from:
  • MATH-221 The Real Number System and Methods for Elementary School Teachers
  • MATH-222 Geometry, Probability, Statistics, and Methods for Elementary School Teachers
  • MATH-323 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary and Middle School
  • One from:
    • MATH-172 Calculus II
    • An approved interim

Janice Koop

Professor
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Gary Talsma

Professor
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(23 semester hours)

  • SPAN-301 Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Conversation I
  • SPAN-302 Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Conversation II
  • SPAN-308 Introduction to the Hispanic World I
  • SPAN-309 Introduction to the Hispanic World ll
  • SPAN-340 Spanish Phonology and Dialectology
  • One from:
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World-Languages Pedagogy
    • (elementary education minor)
    • IDIS-357 Secondary World Languages Pedagogy
    • (secondary education minor)
  • Advisor-approved interim or Spanish semester abroad
  • Advisor-approved electives to reach a minimum of 23 hours

Prior to student teaching, candidates must successfully complete all three portions of the Spanish Department Proficiency Exam: Grammar, Composition, and Oral. The Proficiency Exam is offered by the Spanish Department four times each year. For dates and details, see Nora Koster in the Spanish Department. Candidates need a minimum of 80% on the Grammar Exam and need to attain a rating of Advanced Low for both the Composition and the Oral tests.

Cynthia Slagter

Professor
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Dwight TenHuisen

Professor
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Dianne Zandstra

Professor
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Additional Education Minors

(can be added to one major, one starred minor or any two minors listed above)

(23-24 semester hours)

  • CAS 140 Communication and Culture
  • CAS 190 Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
  • CAS 203 Performance Studies
  • CAS 204 Directing Co-Curricular Program
  • CAS 214 Creating Communication Arts in the Classroom
  • SPAUD 101 Introduction to Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • CAS 217 Plays in Production
  • One from
    • CAS 316 Directing for Stage and Screen
    • CAS 323 Acting for Stage and Screen
    • an approved interim

Debra Freeberg

Professor
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(24 semester hours)

  • ARTE-315 Introduction to Elementary Art Education
  • CAS-214 Creating Communication Arts in the Classroom
  • EDUC-210 Music and Art in the Elementary Classroom
  • MUSC-239 Teaching General Music
  • Elementary Dance Interim or PER-150 Educational Dance
  • One from:
    • ART-153 Visual Culture
    • ARTS-250 Introduction to Drawing
    • ARTH-101 Introduction to the History of Art I
    • ARTH-102 Introduction to the History of Art II
    • Art or Art History interim
  • One from:
    • CAS-190 Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
    • CAS-200 Advanced Oral Rhetoric
    • CAS-203 Performance Studies
    • CAS 217 Plays in Production
    • CAS-316 Directing for Stage and Screen
    • CAS 323 Acting for Stage and Screen
    • CAS Interim
  • One from:
    • DAN-202 Dance in Western History
    • DAN-310 Dance in World Culture
    • DAN-330 Dance Composition and Performance
    • Dance interim
  • One from:

Debra Freeberg

Professor
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Phillip Hash

Associate Professor
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Jo-Ann VanReeuwyk

Associate Professor
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(24 semester hours)

  • HE-202 Foundations of Health Education
  • HE-203 First Aid and Emergency Care
  • HE-254 Nutrition
  • HE-265 Basic Health Concepts: Mental Health, Fitness, Sexuality, Aging, Addictive Behaviors, and Death
  • HE-266 Basic Health Concepts: Diseases, Substance Abuse, Community, and Environment
  • HE-308 Administration and Methods
  • One from:
    • IDIS-212 Global Health
    • Community Health Course
    • Advisor-Approved Interim
  • Cognate: STAT-143 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

BIOL 115 is a prerequisite for several of these courses. Elementary candidates complete BIOL 115 in addition to SCES 121 and SCES 122.

Elementary Health minors may waive either PER 150 or KIN 223 (core courses).

Debra Bakker

Professor
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This history minor is for both elementary and secondary education.

(22-25 semester hours)

(28 semester hours)


KIN 223 and PER 150 are waived for elementary candidates completing this minor.

Students need to see the course advisor during the freshman or sophomore year to enroll in PE 380. This course must be completed before student teaching. Students may register for this during their student teaching semester provided the 380 requirements have been completed before student teaching.

BIOL 115 or BIOL 141 is a required cognate and a prerequisite for several of these courses. BIOL 115 or BIOL 141 must be completed in addition to SCES 121 and SCES 122.

Brian Bolt

Professor, department chair
Full profile

  • Phone:  (616) 526-7526
  • Email: brb8@calvin.edu
  • Office: Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex 220 (Map)

Note: Bilingual education must be combined with Spanish

Bilingual Education, Early Childhood Education, ESL and Special Education are all endorsement programs that prepare students to teach in specialized classroom settings. Students need to meet with advisors from these programs as soon as possible in order to do efficient planning.