Providing good education for children and young adults alike has always been our ambition. Education permeated with a biblical identity. Education that really touches them and gives them something of lasting value. For children and students in the Netherlands, but also for those around the world.
Driestar Christian University for Teacher Education is a center of knowledge for Christian education. In 1944 we started a small Reformed teacher training college. Since then we have grown into a University of Professional education that specializes in the training of both primary and secondary teachers. In 2005 this institution merged with an educational support center.
Driestar Christian University for Teacher Education is an institution with three departments and has 325 staff members. Our ambition is to offer programmes that are up-to-date and in touch with teaching practice. All our programmes have been ranked between first and fifth on the national rating lists for teacher training programmes. Special educational needs are one of our areas of expertise.
We are closely involved with several primary schools and nurture a close relationship with practitioners in the field, and because of this involvement, we know what matters to teachers in their classrooms.
Driestar Christian University for Teacher Education is a Reformed institution. Our foundation is the eternal and infallible Word of God and the confessions of faith based on the Bible (the Heidelberg Catechism, the Netherlands Confession of Faith and the Canons of Dordt).
Our Christian identity is the foundation of our organization: all pedagogic and organizational aspects are based on our Christian belief. Devotion, reliability, wisdom, affiliation, and courage are core values from which we try to do our work.
- Coram Deo: the notion that we live for God.
- Stewardship: the notion that we receive talents and commit these talents diligently where God sets us to work.
- Dependence: the notion that we live in a broken world and are entirely dependent on God’s mercy and strength, which we receive from Him.
At Driestar Christian University for Teacher Education, all work is inspired by our conviction that the Bible is the everlasting and Vital Source.
It gives us basic principles for teaching and education. We feel called to evaluate all trends in education according to biblical guidelines and we hope to voice a (Protestant) Christian and (biblical) Reformed view on education in society. In a society where man himself has become the norm, we take this responsibility very seriously.
We do educational research by evaluating theories (theoretical concepts) and then make them applicable to teachers in the field. We believe that knowledge can only be developed by working together with teachers and other practitioners and by cooperating with our partners (across national and cultural borders).
Driestar Christian University for Teacher Education is an educational institution with a mission.
We as Driestar Christian University for Teacher Education inspire, educate and support (student) teachers and schools providing education based on Reformed Christian principles.
Our ideal school
- provides Christian education.
- is the ideal workplace for the Christian teacher.
- is where pupils can learn in an inspiring environment
- is a school where children with special needs receive special care and attention.
- has excellent leadership and is managed well.
- views parents as (one of) the most important partner(s) in education and supports parents in raising their families.
University for Teacher Education
Burg. Jamessingel 2
2803 Gouda, South Holland, Netherlands