Bringing HOPE to the World through Education
Do you dream of becoming a teacher? Does the opportunity to make a difference drive your passion for working with children and young adults? If education is your calling, the Hope College Department of Education will help turn your aspiration into a reality through our Teacher Certification Program.
The education department offers nationally accredited programs leading to professional certification. Graduates are prepared to “hit the ground running,” making a difference right from the start.
While we prepare students for a teaching career, we also help our students discover
their God-given callings. As Frederick Buechner writes, "our calling is the work that
(we are) called to in this world." It's also the way we see the world and its brokenness
and the hope we are to bring to it.
Is education your calling?
While we prepare students for a teaching career, we also help our students discover their God-given callings. As Frederick Buechner writes, "our calling is the work that (we are) called to in this world." It's also the way we see the world and its brokenness and the hope we are to bring to it.
Hope’s Teacher Education Program is arranged in three levels of progression during your four-year journey. Graduates will gain valuable classroom experience and earn certification to teach in either elementary, secondary, or additional special education endorsements or English as a Second Language.
- EXPLORING A CAREER IN EDUCATION/LEVEL 1
- All prospective teachers begin with the same courses, which incorporate field/clinical experiences tied to traditional classes. Once completed, students may apply to the Teacher Education Program at Hope College. The focus is learning about education and the teaching profession.
- COMMITMENT TO AN EDUCATION MAJOR/LEVEL 2
During this time, the focus is on learning how to teach, practicing pedagogical learning and developing lessons and units through various methods. Students must apply to the department in order to take Level 2 Education courses.
Newly accepted students (starting Fall 2021 and after) choose between (1) Elementary/Early Childhood or (2) Secondary certifications bands.
Accepted students can also add to the above certification bands a K–12 endorsement in one of the following areas:
- Special Education
- English as Second Language
- Physical Education
Find more information on our 4-year plans:
- Special Education
- STUDENT TEACHING/LEVEL 3
- Students must apply to and complete Student Teaching, a semester-long, all-day clinical experience, and the Teacher Education Program capstone. Successful completion is required to become a certified teacher by the Michigan Department of Education.
Thinking About Majoring in Education at Hope?
The Admissions office featured the Department of Education in an academic showcase in early 2021. If you need guidance on where to start, Dr. Jane Finn and Dr. Laura Pardo go over the available majors and how they can be paired together to give you more options after graduation. If you would like to know what it is like to be an education major from a student's perspective, a panel of current education students share some of their experiences and opportunites.
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Hope by the Numbers
- 100%Graduates Employed
Our job placement rate is 100% of our graduates.
- 120+Hours Before Student Teaching
Our students spend 120+ hours in the field before student teaching.
- 4Number of Years to Graduate
Our program allows students to graduate in 4 years.
- 13Countries Represented
Hope Education students are currently teaching in over 13 different countries.