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Education at Aquinas College
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School of Education faculty and staff are working remotely. Our phone line (616-632-2800) and our department email (SchoolofEd@aquinas.eduSchoolofEd@aquinas.edu) are being monitored regularly. Please check this FAQ document for details and updates.
Although we can't have you visit us on campus right now, we would love to meet with you online to answer your questions and tell you more about our program options. At AQ we prepare teachers who are ready for the classroom - whether online or in person - by completing clinical fieldwork in almost every education course you take. You will experience high diversity, urban/rural, low-income, and high-technology schools while working with experienced educators and dynamic professors.

Why Study Education?

The Aquinas College School of Education ensures that our teachers are prepared to make a difference in today’s world. Our wide variety of programs meets the needs of our diverse body of students, as we offer programs for undergraduate, continuing education and graduate students.

By incorporating hands-on-learning, dynamic class discussions, and innovative teaching methods, Aquinas students acquire the skills they need to become effective educators and make an impact on the schools, communities, and families they serve.

Preparing Racially-diverse Educators Program (PREP)

Have a passion for teaching, coaching and learning? Love helping young minds develop? We need YOU to ensure all children have an equal opportunity to succeed! There is a critical shortage of early childhood teachers of color, and great demand in our community for educators who more accurately reflect their student population. 

PREP is an innovative pathway for college graduates (associate or bachelors) and those interested in a career change to earn their early childhood education credentials. 

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Montessori Teacher Certification

Individuals completing Montessori teacher certification through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies are eligible to apply program course work toward a graduate degree program at Aquinas College. Candidates must apply within 6 months of completing their CGMS certification program and can apply for up to 18 graduate credits (Cost = $150 per credit hour plus a $100 processing fee). More information about the Aquinas College Master in the Art of Teaching graduate program can be found at on the Education at Aquinas College webpage.

The School of Education at Aquinas College is 1 of 147 providers in the U.S. meeting new, rigorous CAEP national accreditation standards to better prepare tomorrow’s teachers.
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  • 90%
    AQ Education grads rated "Effective" or "Highly Effective"
  • 80%
    First Attempt Pass Rate on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification

90& of AQ education graduates were rated "Effective" or "Highly Effective" by their employers..


The Introduction to Education field placement component provides K-12 classroom experience before committing to teacher training.


Can earn an undergraduate Learning Disability endorsement that most colleges offer only at graduate level.


Grant funds available to support English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher training.


Home of the Michigan Department of Education Deaf and Hard of Hearing program.


Our community-based tutoring program, conducted by students in literacy courses, has served hundreds of area students.


Highly qualified K-12 teachers teaching specialized courses bring real-world experience to students.


Tuition-free early childhood educator training funded by Preparing Racially-diverse Educators Program.


Our Reading Clinic has been providing opportunities to apply knowledge and serve children on and off-campus since 1933.


Approved to offer 25 different Michigan teacher endorsement programs.