Driestar educatief

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 educatief is a centre 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 specialises in the training of both primary and secondary teachers. In 2005 this institution merged with an educational support centre.

Driestar educatief 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 is 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.

Christian identity

Driestar educatief 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 organisation: all pedagogic and organisational 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.
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Driestar hogeschool - University for Teacher Education

Driestar hogeschool, part of Driestar educatief, is a small-scale university with around 1,500 students. Our ambition is to offer programmes that are up-to-date and in touch with current teaching practice. Our programmes have all been ranked between first and fifth on the national rating lists for teacher training programmes. We offer several programmes.

Bachelor’s programmes

  • Bachelor of Educational Theory (Pedagogics/social work).
  • Bachelor of Education in secondary education for the following subjects: Dutch, English, German, Economics, History and Mathematics.
  • Bachelor of Education in primary education (children aged 4 to 12).

Master’s programmes

  • Master  in Learning and Innovation.
  • Master in Special Educational Needs.
  • Master in Instructional Leadership.

We encourage our students to consider who they are - the way they function in school, in church, in their families and in society. We focus on personal development and professional skills. We work and teach in small groups; the personal attention we give our students and the atmosphere of approachability at our university are some of the things we are proudest of. 

Our university for teacher training ranks high on the list of colleges and universities in the Netherlands. Our special fields of research are Christian teaching, English and Special Educational Needs. 


Driestar onderwijsadvies - educational advice centre

Driestar onderwijsadvies, also part of Driestar educatief, provides support and coaching to primary, secondary and special needs schools. We help them to develop a sound vision, for example, or to introduce new teaching methods. We also give support to schools providing extra care for children with special needs. In this respect we advise teachers on children who aren’t faring well, or we provide training in dealing with the fear of failure. We provide customised training courses dealing with pupil tracking, questions regarding content, parents and special needs, learning environment and ICT.

Around 40 psychologists and remedial educationalists are active at Driestar onderwijsadvies, and our aim is to be involved and to deliver customised and innovative solutions.


Driestar managementadvies - management advice centre

A third body active within Driestar educatief is Driestar managementadvies. Good leadership is crucial to any organisation, which is why we consider training good leaders quintessential. We have a wealth of experience in the field of sound management and leadership, and support school boards and managements in these fields. We also provide interim management. The focus of Driestar managementadvies is on customised solutions, fostering strong leadership and achieving results.