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Division of Teacher Education


Transition from student to teacher.

The Teacher Education Division is passionate about preparing our students to serve as highly qualified teachers in public, Christian or overseas schools by developing the knowledge, skills and Christian character to enable them to be servant leaders who are influencers in their world for Jesus Christ. Graduates of the Teacher Education Division influence culture as highly qualified, professional teachers in public, private, and international schools.

Equipped as Qualified Content Area Instructors

Degree programs combine academically rigorous coursework in education and the liberal arts with practical teaching experience in general and special education at elementary and secondary schools. In addition, you'll have the option of completing a portion of your directed teaching practicum as a cross-cultural experience in selected schools around the world.

Cornerstone's Teacher Education program is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Christian Schools International. The program holds exemplary classification from the Michigan Department of Education.

National Accreditation

The Teacher Education Program at Cornerstone University is awarded TEAC accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from October 2013 to October 2020. The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the EPP offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

Degree Programs Available

For information on distinctive components of our degree programs and internship opportunities, select a major or minor below.


Comprehensive Major – Elementary
Early Childhood, Learning Disability, TESOL

Planned Program – Elementary
Integrated Science
Language Arts Group
Social Studies Group

Triple Minor (consists of 3 minors)
Integrated Science, Math, Planned
Integrated Science, Reading, Planned
Math, Language Arts, Planned
Math, Reading, Planned
Reading, Language Arts, Planned
Language Arts, Integrated Science, Planned

Communication Arts Group
English | Bachelor of Arts
History | Bachelor of Arts
Integrated Science
Integrated Science Comprehensive
Learning Disabilities: K-12
Music Education: K-12
Physical Education: K-12
Social Studies Group
Spanish | Bachelor of Arts


Early Childhood | ZA Endorsement
Elementary Planned
Integrated Science
Language Arts Group
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Communication Arts Group
Physical Education: K-12
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 

Teacher Education Degree Completion:
It is possible for students to complete their degree in four years by taking summer courses, J-term or May-term classes and carrying 15-17 credits each semester. A possible four year degree is also dependent on which major/minor is selected. To determine the number of required semesters, students meet with an academic advisor to draft a four year plan.

Record of Teacher Certification Test Results for Michigan Preparation Institutions

Relational learning with mentoring, modeling scholars

Student life at Cornerstone is participatory in nature; we view the learning curve as benefiting from having a lived component. Meet the folks you will come to count on as discussion facilitators, mentors, lifelong students in the field, and fellow disciples.


Beth VanderKolk, M.A. | Assistant Professor


Division Staff


Vicki Conrad | Student Teaching Director Assistant

Teacher Education Office Manager


Gary Bailey | Certification Officer