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ALL students must consult with an Education Department Advisor to compile a 4-year plan.

All teacher education candidates complete coursework that leads to either an:
Early Childhood Education (Elementary Ed. Pre-Professional & Professional Coursework) or

Elementary Education (Elementary Ed. Pre-Professional & Professional Coursework) or
Secondary Education (Secondary Ed. Pre-Professional & Professional Coursework) teaching certificate.
In addition, they complete content area majors and minors that further prepare them to teach.

IMPORTANT: Either IDS 200 - Encounter with Cultures or AES 210 - Introduction to Ethnic Studies is required of all students seeking teaching certification through the Hope College Education Department. It meets the Global Learning Domestic flag.

MAJORS & MINORS


ELEMENTARY PROGRAM
(including Special Education, Spanish K-12, and Early Childhood)

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SECONDARY PROGRAM
(including Special Education and Spanish K-12)


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ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE ENDORSEMENT - pending approval from MDE

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Major Declaration Form (pdf)
Minor Declaration Form (pdf)

In order to be certified, all teacher education candidates must pass required content tests (MTTC). To access specific test objectives and registration information, click here.


RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SELECTED SECONDARY MAJORS:
In order to be well prepared and highly qualified to teach in Michigan's high school merit curriculum, the following recommendations are made for the noted majors:

History Education Major/Political Science Education Major vs. Social Studies Group Major:
Students are strongly urged to complete the Social Studies Group Major with a minor in either History or Political Science. Teacher education candidates are advised against simply completing a major solely in one content area (i.e., History or Political Science).

Kinesiology Education Majors:
To increase your employability options, Kinesiology majors are STRONGLY encouraged to take the Health Education minor.

Science Education Majors:
To increase employability options, Science majors are STRONGLY encouraged to take a SCIENCE minor (e.g., Chemistry major with a Physics minor). Candidates should be aware there is also a nationwide shortage of certified Physics teachers. A new Integrated Science major is currently pending State approval and is a very marketable option. Contact Laura Pardo for more information on the Integrated Science major.

Special Education (Secondary Certificate):
Teacher education candidates pursuing secondary certification with an endorsement in Learning Disabilities or Emotional Impairments must also complete a minor in English or Mathematics.