/ Education Department

After Graduation

Our teacher certification program is nationally accredited, which means that you have an opportunity for certification in other states, opening up your job prospects.

We take our national accreditation program seriously — and so does Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which has granted us a full seven-year recognition for all Hope students. This means you have the backing and recognition of CAEP for future employers in Michigan and other states.


As an education graduate from Hope College, you’re well-equipped to become a teacher in either elementary or secondary schools. Our students have found teaching positions throughout the country and world — 24 states and 14 countries to be exact.

Not all education majors and minors go on to the classroom. Graduates of our program have gone on to become Peace Corps volunteers, counselors, curriculum coordinators and supervisors, administrators in school systems and college professors.

Graduate School

Most graduates pursue advanced studies for continuing certification and complete graduate degrees in special areas of education, such as reading, curriculum development, special education, counseling and administration. 

Graduates of our education program are currently serving as:

  • Classroom teachers in rural, urban and suburban K–12 schools
  • Special education teachers in categorical, inclusive or resource classrooms
  • Teachers overseas
  • Peace Corps volunteers
  • Counselors in elementary and secondary schools
  • Curriculum coordinators and supervisors
  • Administrators in school systems throughout the United States
  • College professors


We love to hear from our education alumni. Let us know what you’re up to! Email us to share new jobs and tales from grad school. In addition, fill out the Graduate Job Tracker so we can count your success story among the others!

Visit our alumni page for information on resources and services 

  • Distinguished alumni

    Kaleigh Doan received an Outstanding New Teacher of the Year Award in Prince William County, Virginia.