Become an excellent teacher for students who are just discovering who they are. Specialize in your favorite subjects and get your teaching certification.

Build a broad skillset for teaching all kinds of learners at a wide variety of stages in their development.

Upon completing the secondary education program, you will be certified to teach your major and minor subject areas in grades 6-12. Art, Chinese, music, PE, Spanish and French are also available for grades K-12 on a secondary teaching certificate.

Declaration of major/minor form

Consult the timeline for detailed program requirements.

Course Requirements 2016-2017

For secondary education core courses, visit Academic Services ».

(32 semester hours)

  • EDUC-102 Introduction to Education
  • EDUC-202 The Learner in the Educational Context: Development & Diversity
  • EDUC-302 Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • EDUC-303 Curriculum & 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

Double Major Guidelines

Secondary candidates may choose to complete two majors. This leads to the question of which subject they should teach during the internship. Candidates should discuss the guidelines below with the advisors for both major subjects:

  1. Secondary candidates completing two majors may choose one subject to teach during the internship.  Candidates should discuss possible employment implications with advisors while making this decision.
  2. If possible, EDUC 302-303 aiding should be in the major which is not preferred for the internship.
  3. The seminar course will be completed in the subject that is taught during the internship.
  4. The other seminar course will be waived.
  5. It may be possible for the intern to arrange some observation, aiding, and teaching in the non-selected major during the internship semester.  Both major advisors should be consulted prior to making these arrangements.
  6. If the waiving of a seminar course leads to fewer than 30 semester hours in the major subject, then the candidate must choose an advisor-approved course to reach 30 semester hours. If the candidate prefers not to complete 30 semester hours, then the program would need to be changed to a minor.
  7. If one of the majors is K-12, the internship should be in the K-12 subject.
    If the candidate has one K-12 major and one 6-12 major, but prefers the 6-12 major for the internship, the candidate may appeal to student teach in the 6-12 major and must present evidence of field experiences at both the elementary (K-5) and secondary (6-12) levels in the K-12 major subject.
    If both majors are K-12, the candidate must present evidence of field experiences at both the elementary (K-5) and secondary (6-12) levels in the major which is not selected for the internship.

Contact Gwen Buteyn if you have questions about the process for selecting EDUC 302-303 aiding and internship placements.

All secondary candidates choose a major for grades 6-12 or K-12. In addition to the major, candidates need a minor for grades 6-12, or any minor offered at Calvin (a “non-certifiable” minor). K-12 art and K-12 music candidates will not need to complete an additional minor.

Consider the following high-need teaching fields when choosing your major and minor: Chinese, Computer Science, English as a Second Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science, and Spanish.

Secondary Education Majors

Learn how to share your passion for art to students while encouraging them to explore and grow in their creativity.

(54 semester hours)

  • ART-153 Visual Culture
  • ARTS-250 Introduction to Drawing
  • One from:
  • One from:
  • ARTS-251 Introduction to Painting
  • Five studio art electives (including two intermediate and one advanced)
  • ARTE-315 Introduction to Elementary Art Education
  • ARTE-316 Secondary Art Education
  • ARTE-359 Seminar in Principles and Practices in Art Teaching
  • ARTH-101 Introduction to the History of Art I
  • ARTH-102 Introduction to the History of Art II
  • ARTE-399 Exhibition
  • One from:
  • One from:

All electives must be approved by the art education faculty advisor. A minor is not required for students with this comprehensive major.

Jo-Ann VanReeuwyk

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(34-37 semester hours)

  • FREN-301 Advanced Conversation
  • FREN-302 Advanced Grammar
  • FREN-351 Survey of French Literature
  • IDIS-357 Secondary World Languages Pedagogy
  • IDIS-359 Seminar in 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.

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

Jolene Vos-Camy

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Gain a broad groundwork of knowledge from multiple disciplines and combine them with new pedagogical skills and awareness to be an excellent social studies teacher in a secondary education setting.

(40 semester hours)

  • ECON-221 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON-222 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • GEOG-110 World Regions
  • ENST-210 Human Modifications of Global Environmt
  • HIST-151 History of the West & World I
  • HIST-152 History of the West & World II
  • HIST-229 U.S.A.
  • HIST-359 Seminar in the Teaching of Secondary Social Studies
  • POLS-101 Ideas/Institutions in American Politics
  • POLS-202 State Politics & American Federalism
  • IDIS-205 Societal Structures and Education
  • IDIS-375 Methods and Pedagogies for Secondary School Social Studies

Students pursuing the secondary social studies major must also complete a history major or a minor in economics, geography or political science. Courses are allowed to overlap between the social studies major and the disciplinary major or minor.

Candidates completing this program will be certified to teach social studies, economics, geography, history, political science and American government in grades 6-12 in Michigan.

Robert Schoone-Jongen

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(34 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-357 Introduction to Secondary World-Languages Pedagogy
  • IDIS-359 Seminar in Secondary World-Languages Pedagogy
  • Advisor-approved Spanish semester abroad:
  • Advisor-approved electives to reach a minimum of 34 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

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Dwight TenHuisen

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Dianne Zandstra

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Secondary Education Minors

(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.

Scott Lamanna

Assistant Professor
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Marcie Pyper

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Maria Rodriguez

Assistant Professor
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Cynthia Slagter

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Dwight TenHuisen

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Dianne Zandstra

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