Education

Want a two-year degree in education? Dordt is the only accredited four-year college in Iowa that offers an Associate of Arts degree in paraeducator education. Our program leads to the paraeducator certification from the State of Iowa and will equip you to be an invaluable asset to any P-12 school system.

The paraeducator program is a blend of theory and practice, and you'll have many opportunities to develop your skills in P-12 classrooms while gaining the knowledge needed under the guidance of outstanding professors who have the experience and desire to see you become an outstanding educator.

Program Options

Dordt offers the following general and specialist paraeducator certifications:

  1. Generalist: This degree provides you the certification needed to work as a paraeducator in P-12 classrooms.
  2. Early Childhood: This degree provides you the certification needed to work as an early childhood specialist in prekindergarten through third grade classrooms.
  3. Special Needs: This degree provides you with the certification to work as a special needs specialist in P-12 classrooms.
  4. English as a Second Language: This degree provides you with the certification to work as a ESL specialist in P-12 classrooms.
  5. Career and Transitional Programs: This degree provides you with the certification to work as a career and transitional specialist in grades 5-12.

Resources

Education facilities in the Ribbens Academic Complex include:

  • Three model classrooms for language arts, math, and social studies.
  • Model science and computer labs.
  • Classrooms with moveable furniture, allowing for multiple configurations for teaching and learning.
  • State-of-the-art technology, including interactive Smart Boards, document cameras, advanced lighting options, and presentation equipment as well as other equipment used in today's classrooms.
  • A lounge area for informal learning.
  • A teacher workroom furnished with state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and supplies needed for pre-service teachers and professors.

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Abby De Groot

Abby De Groot
Instructor of Education

CL 2276
(712) 722-6325
Abby.DeGroot@dordt.edu

Kim Hengeveld

Kim Hengeveld
Instructor of Education

CL 2278
(712) 722-6227
Kim.Hengeveld@dordt.edu

Dr. Barb Hoekstra

Dr. Barb Hoekstra
Professor of Education

CL 2252
(712) 722-6229
barb.hoekstra@dordt.edu

Dr. Steve Holtrop

Dr. Steve Holtrop
Professor of Education
Department Chair

CL 2244
(712) 722-6214
Steve.Holtrop@dordt.edu

Dr. Gwen Marra

Dr. Gwen Marra
Professor of Education

CL 2274
(712) 722-6237
Gwen.Marra@dordt.edu

Dr. David Mulder

Dr. David Mulder
Associate Professor of Education

CL 2271
(712) 722-6039
David.Mulder@dordt.edu

Mary Beth Pollema

Mary Beth Pollema
Assistant Professor of Education

CL 2275
(712) 722-6352
MaryBeth.Pollema@dordt.edu

Dr. Ed Starkenburg

Dr. Ed Starkenburg
Professor of Education

CL 2268
(712) 722-6277
Ed.Starkenburg@dordt.edu

Dr. Timothy Van Soelen

Dr. Timothy Van Soelen
Director of CACE/Professor of Education

CL 2273
(712) 722-6228
Timothy.VanSoelen@dordt.edu

Dr. Kathleen VanTol

Dr. Kathleen VanTol
Associate Professor of Education

CL 2272
(712) 722-6266
Kathleen.VanTol@dordt.edu

Dr. Ryan Zonnefeld

Dr. Ryan Zonnefeld
Professor of Education
Department Chair

CL 2266
(712) 722-6225
ryanz@dordt.edu

Josh Bowar

Josh Bowar
Education Assistant Adjunct

josh.bowar@dordt.edu

Lori De Jong

Lori De Jong
Education Assistant Adjunct

Lori.DeJong@dordt.edu

Nicki Kuiper

Nicki Kuiper
Coordinator for Heartland Christian Schools

(712) 722-
nkuiper@dordt.edu