If you decide to become a teacher, you probably feel that it’s your calling to help make a difference. Our department helps you make those dreams a reality with our teacher certification program.
The Department of Education is a nationally accredited professional certification program, which means that you’ll graduate ready to begin your career. Through the three levels of our Teacher Education Program, you’ll get valuable classroom experience, including student teaching, and earn certification to teach in elementary or secondary classrooms. Most students graduate in four years.
Earn your degree and certification to teach at the elementary or secondary level.
To fulfill the requirements for graduation and for certification, all students planning on a professional teaching career must complete the Teacher Education Program course sequence and a major and a minor in an approved academic field.
Every course offered through the education department includes field experience. We believe that learning in and outside of the classroom best prepares our future teachers.
The courses you take in the Department of Education depend on which track and specialty you choose. Visit the Degree Programs page for more information on what each program entails.
Each course includes a clinical experience as part of the curriculum. From your very first course as a freshman in your final courses a senior year and student teaching, you’ll have actual classroom experience. This means you’re able to get into the classroom and learn what kind of teacher you want to be — and confirm that you want to be a teacher — from day one.
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.