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The E.P. Hart Honors Program is a highly selective Spring Arbor University program that is designed to provide academically-gifted students with an enriched general education curriculum that includes collaborative research, one-to-one mentoring, and personal advising with faculty.
The School of Education (SOE) extends an offer to E.P. Hart Honors students who wish to become teacher candidates to challenge you to a higher level of academic rigor, servant leadership training, and contact with education faculty and professionals through the Jack Esterline Honors and Leadership Preparation Program.
Students in the Esterline program will receive advanced academic and leadership training and will also complete their degree a year sooner than their peers via an accelerated curriculum that includes summer classes.
The goal of the Jack Esterline Honors and Leadership Preparation Program compliments the goal of the E.P. Hart Honors Program, as we strive to instill in students the desire to pursue God’s call to excellence, exemplary and intense study, and application of teacher education within a Christian framework.
Admission to the Jack Esterline Program is based upon the following:
Completion of all of the program course prerequisites (see list below; minimum 3.6 GPA, minimum 3.33 or B+ for any one class) prior to beginning the fall semester of the first year of full-time study at Spring Arbor University;
Acceptance into the E.P. Hart Honors Program, and good standing thereafter (see the catalog and website for admissions criteria, e.g. high school 3.6 GPA, ACT 27 or SAT 1210, etc.);
Acceptance and satisfactory progress through a three-and-a-half year, continuous program of study (including summer classes) leading to a degree from the University and a provisional teaching certificate from the Michigan Department of Education
Acceptance into the School of Education by the end of the first year of study, and good standing thereafter; and
Participation in all activities and events sponsored by education faculty for SOE Honors students.
The advantages for teacher education students who are accepted into the Esterline Program are as follows:
Academically, with strategic choices for dual-enrollment prior to the first year of study, Esterline students will complete their college education within three-and-a-half years, with some classes consisting of just honors students; students will also engage in a structured approach alongside an education faculty member towards completion of the senior thesis required for the E.P. Hart program;
Economically, honors students will have at least one less year of room & board than their peers, and will have a slightly reduced tuition because of some special summer classes; further, honors students will be able to enter the job market and be eligible for full-time employment one year earlier than their peers;
Developmentally, students will receive leadership training through working together to create and fulfill a service project focused on a special population group within K-12 education; students will also engage firsthand with legislative and policy issues at the state and district level alongside of education faculty and invited education professionals; the Esterline program will also create opportunities for honors students to be leaders among their peers; and
Socially, Esterline honors students will form a community that can encourage and support one another as they move more or less together as a cohort through education and other liberal arts classes; students will live in community for two weeks on campus when taking classes in the first and third years; and
Professionally, students will discuss vexing educational issues with education professionals and faculty in small group gatherings throughout the three years of study, and will have the opportunity to return to Spring Arbor in later years as education professionals who can help shape the education of subsequent honors students.
Esterline honors students may expect to meet together as a group at least three times per term for social purposes, to discuss educational research and current hot topics in education, to plan the service project, and to take field trips to the state capitol to see education-related legislation and policy unfold.
Questions may be directed to Linda Sherrill, Dean of the School of Education.
The courses listed below may be taken by high school students dual enrolled at Spring Arbor through either an online or traditional format.
Potential applicants to the SOE Honors Program may choose to take an AP, CLEP or Dantes test in order to obtain credit for these courses. Please check with the SAU Registrar’s Office to find out the minimum cut scores for each tests in order to receive credit.
For potential applicants who wish to transfer in some, or all, prerequisite coursework, in order to make sure that a given course may be transferred to SAU and matches the list below, the students are encouraged to work with their dual enrollment admissions rep and the SAU Registrar’s Office to obtain a Transfer Approval Request (TAR) prior to taking a given course to insure that it will transfer.
The following coursework must be completed prior to the first year of study:
PHI 200 or 210
Since E.P. Hart Honors students are expected to maintain at least a 3.6 GPA to remain in good standing, the GPA of the prerequisite coursework must also be at least a 3.6 with minimum grade per class of 3.33 (B+).
Jack Esterline Honors Program Course Schedule
The Esterline honors program director will work with students to plan out their academic program to fit with a given major(s) and/or minor(s); this is a general reference.
Fall Year One
• COL/COR 100 • ENG 104H* • EDU 140H* • 2 other classes
• REL 218H*
• EDU 290H* • PSY 110* • REL 212 • HPR 201 • 2 or 3 other classes
• EDU 202 • EDU 242
Fall Year Two
• NSC 200 • MAT 330 • COL/COR 200 • 2 other classes
• EDU 271H* for general ed • EDU 273H* for special ed majors
• EDU 350 • MAT 331 • 2 or 3 other classes
• EDU 376 • SST 200 • EDU 360
Fall Year Three
Summer (cross-cultural and campus)
• EDU 354 • BIO 281 (“option 2” only) • 2 or 3 other classes