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Yvonne Caamal Canul, a 1973 Olivet College alumna, has been named 2015 Michigan Superintendent of the Year.

Click here to read more about her work with the Lansing School District.

Lisa Furman, Ph.D., took the reins as Olivet College’s Education Department chair last summer, and has yet to come up for air. With teaching experience at both the public school and collegiate levels, she was uniquely qualified for the position.

Learn more about Professor Furman's plan for the Olivet College Education Department.


The Olivet College Education Department is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. For more information, click here.

Trina Unger is a senior majoring in music education. She was recently honored as Olivet College’s Student Teacher of the Year at our annual Honors Convocation.

"My student teaching was in the fall of 2013. I was provided with a great opportunity to work with both elementary and middle school cooperating teachers. I rotated between the two schools every other day. In the beginning I simply observed the teachers, but then they had me jump right in!" said Unger.

As time went on, I started developing and teaching my own lessons. My cooperating teachers were great at helping me recognize where I did well and where I needed additional refinement.

Read more about Trina's story.

About the Education Department

The Olivet College teacher preparation program extends the study of education far beyond theory. With the advantage of experiences gained through exposure to multiple real classroom settings prior to your student teaching, our education majors consistently excel. Through our program, you’ll participate in integrated training, delivering lessons that correspond with your major. This valuable time spent with students in classroom settings allows you the opportunity to practice and develop your teaching skills (including classroom management, alignment with state and national standards, etc.)

Our faculty are experienced k-12 teachers and administrators from some of the best schools in Michigan. From day one, they will help you explore your options in elementary and secondary teaching. Our professors are passionate about the work they do. They’ll strive to not only challenge you in your academic pursuits, but will guide you in your development to become a successful educator yourself.

The following are a few commonly referenced forms:

Teacher Preparation Program Secondary Admissions Policy

Applicant External Evaluation form

Applicant Departmental Evaluation form

Dispositions Inventory


Lisa Furman, Ph.D.

Director of Education

Thomas Sampson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education, Director of Student Teaching

Sue Settle

Assistant Professor of Education

Sandra Nelson

Assistant Professor of Education; Student Teacher Supervisor


DaunTrell Hill

"The love is real. Olivet faculty will help you graduate as long as you are willing to help yourself first. Olivet is small, which means small classes and more opportunities to meet one-on-one with faculty. You aren’t just a number."

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