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Major in Education

As an education major at Dordt, you’ll take faith-infused classes that will teach you fundamentals to help you remain true to your faith and relevant in the classroom. This training will prepare you to teach confidently and skillfully from a Christian perspective—in public or private schools.

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Program Opportunities

Program Options

  • Elementary education
  • Secondary education
  • Vertical subject emphasis For teachers who'd like to specialize in one area of study at both elementary and secondary levels, such as music, Spanish, and more.
  • Endorsements A wide variety of subject options to fit your interests and goals, such as special education, reading, and more.


A unique feature of the Dordt teacher preparation program is our Professional Development School (PDS), a yearlong teaching experience in a partner school during your final year on campus.

  • You'll get to work within a school community and with teachers who are trained as mentors.
  • You'll see connections between your college coursework and classroom practice.
  • You'll have extensive experience to reference when job-seeking.


  • Model classrooms for language arts, math, and social studies.
  • Model labs for science and computer learning.
  • Classrooms with moveable furniture, allowing for multiple configurations for teaching and learning.
  • Teaching technology such as interactive Smart Boards, document cameras, presentation equipment, and more.

"Dordt has enabled me to do more in the classroom than I ever thought I could. I've been challenged to grow in healthy ways and reach higher, challenging my peers, professors, and myself in ways I never thought I would be able to in college."

—Austen Scammon, education graduate
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Sample Courses

Whether you want to teach in a Christian school or a public school, Dordt's faith-infused education program will give you a foundation for teaching from a Christian perspective.

Educational Psychology

This course introduces you to the fields of educational psychology and developmental psychology and studies the growth and maturation of children and adolescents.

Planning, Instruction, and Assessment

This course introduces students to an understanding of instructional theory and the development of a distinctively Christian approach to teaching and learning.

Comparative and International Education

This course helps pre-service teachers to develop an awareness of the strengths, challenges, and debates impacting education in different locations.

A Top Midwest Regional University

Dordt University is ranked number eight on the “Regional Universities (Midwest)” ranking released by the 2023-24 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges and is the top-ranked school in Iowa in the category.

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"Dordt has helped me realize some of my gifts are both spiritually and vocationally. I can take the skills I've developed in my classes here and apply them directly to my own classroom. I've learned that I can teach Christianly in a public school setting, and that I can reflect the love of Christ not only in the words I say, but also through my actions."

—Jamie Veldhuisen, education and biology graduate
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About Dordt

Dordt offers more than 40 undergraduate degree programs, 12 pre-professional programs, an honor's program, and several off-campus study opportunities.

Outside of academics, you can also participate in optional campus ministry activities, including chapel, student-led praise and worship nights, small groups, and more.

We also have scholarship opportunities available for athletics, music, and theatre!

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Dordt, a Christian university in Sioux Center, Iowa, has been ranked a top college in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report and Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education. Dordt draws students from all over the country and the world. Dordt’s top majors include education, business, engineering, agriculture, and nursing. As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt University equips students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life.