Division of Teacher Education

 

Preparation for transitioning 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.

Preview Degree Program Options

Equipped as Qualified Content Area Instructors

The Teacher Education Division advances the mission of Cornerstone University by preparing students to influence culture as highly qualified, professional teachers in public, private, and international schools.

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 University'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.

Majors

Comprehensive Major – Elementary
Early Childhood, Learning Disability, TESOL
Spanish

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

Secondary
Biology
Communication Arts Group
English
History
Integrated Science
Integrated Science Comprehensive
Learning Disabilities (K-12)
Mathematics
Music Education (K-12)
Physical Education (K-12)
Social Studies Group
Spanish

Minors

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

Secondary
Biology
Chemistry
Communication Arts Group
English
History
Journalism
Mathematics
Physical Education (K-12)
Psychology
Spanish
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

 

Beth VanderKolk, M.A. | Assistant Professor

beth.vanderkolk@cornerstone.edu

Division Staff

 

Vicki Conrad | Student Teaching Director Assistant

Teacher Education Office Manager

 

Gary Bailey | Certification Officer

gary.bailey@cornerstone.edu