/ Education Department

Facilities and Classrooms

Our faculty and staff are based in Van Zoeren Hall, on the second floor. As an education student, however, most of your courses will include a field/clinical experience, getting you out of the Hope classroom and taking on a teacher perspective.

Van Zoeren Hall

41 Graves Place Holland, MI 49423

Once the college’s library, Van Zoeren Hall was redesigned to provide classrooms and faculty offices. Later, Van Zoeren Hall was connected to the newly built Van Wylen Library and VanderWerf Hall. The Academic Success Center, located on the second floor, provides students with group and individual opportunities to become successful, active learners. Learn more.

Field/Clinical Experiences and Student Teaching

Before you’re even officially admitted to the education program you’ll get real-world experience in an actual classroom. There’s no better way to determine if teaching is the career you want to pursue — and no better way to prepare. Our students are in the field for each course and end their time at Hope with one full semester of student teaching before receiving their certification. The following list is where many of our students have taught and been placed.

  • The Philadelphia Center
  • Chicago Semester
  • Liverpool, UK
  • Interaction International
  • Hope comes to Watts (Los Angeles, California)
  • Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota (as available)

Technology in the Classroom

We know how important it is for our teachers to be well-prepared for the technology they'll encounter in today's changing classroom landscape. Here's a list of some of the instruments we offer our students to work and practice on.

  • Smart Boards
  • Smart slate
  • iPads
  • Document camera
  • Digital voice recorders

The Education Department abides by the International Society for Technology Standards for Teachers (ISTE).