/ Education Department

Applying to the Education Department

The following requirements are usually submitted/completed the semester students are finishing up their Level 1 Coursework (EDUC200 or EDUC220, EDUC225, and EDUC270).

The due date is the first Friday in October in the fall and the first Friday in March in the spring to be considered for admittance into the department that particular semester.

Some items may not be able to be completed by the due date because coursework needs to be completed. Students should still work to submit/complete the rest of the items. Students must be admitted into the program to continue in Level 2 coursework.

Application Form

Fill out the on-line application form. Included in the form are three documents that you are signing and agreeing to as a part of the application. Those forms are listed here for reference:

Requirments Completed in your Level 1 Coursework
  1. EDUC200/201 Encounter with Cultures for the Educator: Diversity, Inclusion & Equity and Clinical Experience (for students entering fall 2021)

or

       EDUC220/221 Educational Psychology and Clincal Experience (students who
        entered before fall 2021)

    • Attend the Teacher Education Orientation Meeting
    • Earn a C+ or better 
    • Sucessfully complete clinical experience by receiving a Highly Recommend or Recommend on the evaluation
    • Sucessfully complete ISTE portfolio assignment
    • For students entering before fall 2021 only - attend one Orientation Meeting for Chalk and Wire
  1. EDUC225/226 The Exceptional Child and Adolescent and Clinical Experience

    •  Attend the Teacher Education Orientation Meeting if you didn't in EDUC200/201 or EDUC220/221
    • Earn a C+ or better 
    • Sucessfully complete clinical experience by receiving a Highly Recommend or Recommend on the evaluation
    • Sucessfully complete two ISTE portfolio assignments
  2. EDUC270

    • Earn a C+ or better 
    • Sucessfully complete ISTE Portfolio Assignment
IDS 200: Encounter with Cultures or AES 210: Introduction to Ethnic Studies (Students entering before Fall 2021 Only)

Only for students entereing before Fall 2021

Complete or commit to completing IDS 200: Encounter with Cultures or AES 210: Introduction to Ethnic Studies

Submit your Major and Minor Declaration Form

Submit your major declaration form and minor declaration form to the appropriate department. Be sure to indicate that it is for teacher certification.

Obtain three Faculty Recommendations

Obtain three faculty recommendations from Hope College professors you’ve had by filling out the Faculty Recommendations Request Form. Only one must be from an education department professor; the other two should be from professors across campus. We do not accept recommendations from coaches or advisors.

Minimum GPA of 2.75 

Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. (Check your GPA on degree works for major, minor and education courses.)

Program Completion Plan

Meet with an education professor to establish a Program Completion Plan

What to do if I am not Admitted

Next Steps 
  • Go to the Boerigter Center to see if an education degree is really for you.

  • Discuss with your FYS advisor how to take classes that will count for your education degree to be reconsidered in the future.

  • Submit an appeal for the education program if this is the right path for you.

  • Address any issues that caused the denial. Talk to your advisor on how to raise your GPA, as well as improve your GPA in the classes that you are currently taking. Create an action plan if necessary.
Appeal Process
If you are not admitted, but feel education is still the right path for you, follow the Instructions for Filing an Appeal. Please complete the entire packet and email to education@hope.edu with the subject "Education Department Application Appeal."