The M.A. in Education K–12 programs are designed for K–12 classroom teachers and focus on educators’ expanding leadership roles and responsibilities in a rapidly changing educational environment. Students are provided an opportunity to reflect, engage in systematic inquiry, and collaborate in a supportive environment. Learning associated with standards, goals, and outcomes is assessed in part through the use of professional portfolios.
Bethel's graduate teacher education degree programs are accredited by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) which has approved Bethel's Graduate education programs leading to initial and add-on licenses in various K–12, 9-12, and 5-12 content areas; initial and add-on licenses in various special education disability areas; as well as an add-on license in Teacher Coordinator of Work-based Learning.
- Courses are offered sequentially throughout the calendar year, including the summer months.
- Courses are generally taken one at a time.
The Education K–12 major requires completion of all core courses and one concentration. All core courses are taken online. Some courses include synchronous components. Students have the option of selecting an online, face-to-face, or hybrid concentration from one of the following:
- Educational Leadership Concentration—hybrid or online (1-3 online courses and 0-2 face-to-face courses)
- International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning—online
- Special Education Concentration—hybrid or online
- Teacher Coordinator of Work-based Learning License—online
- Custom Concentration
The M.A. degree program in Education K–12 will consider applicants who:
- Meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School.
- Submit an official transcript (U.S. schools) or NACES or AICE evaluation (international schools) showing an earned baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited (or internationally recognized as equivalent) institution and official transcripts or NACES or AICE evaluations from all graduate schools attended.
- Have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale on the highest degree completed.
- Submit two professional Admission References.
- Submit a written Statement of Purpose.
- Interview with the program director.
- Submit a copy of current or most recent state or internationally recognized teaching license at the elementary, secondary, or K–12 (or equivalent) level.
- Have completed a minimum of one year of teaching experience.
- Submit a current resume.
Students who have not achieved the minimum GPA, grade standards, or other assessment criteria may still apply to be considered for provisional acceptance. See Admission Categories.
M.A. in Education K–12
The required curriculum for the M.A. in Education K–12 comprises a 33–34 semester credit sequence of courses, including 24 semester credits of core courses and nine to ten credits in one concentration.
|TEAC 606||Teacher as Leader *||3|
|TEAC 610||Content Research in Practice||2|
|TEAC 616||Improving Instruction||3|
|TEAC 635||Applied Classroom Assessment||3|
|TEAC 730||Introduction to Differentiation and Responsive Teaching||3|
|TEAC 731||Responsive Pedagogy for English Language Learners||3|
|TEAC 732||Culturally Responsive Instruction||3|
|TEAC 756||Preparing to Write the Thesis/Collaborative Research Project *||1|
|TEAC 790||Thesis Writing Studio *||3|
|Select one concentration from the Concentrations section.||9-10|
Course must be taken for credit at Bethel.
M.A. in Education K-12 Concentrations
The three courses in this concentrations are doctoral level. Doctoral-level credit is earned and doctoral-level tuition is charged. The student will discuss with the Ed.D. Enrollment Counselor course options that will best match the student's goals.
|Select 9 credits from the following:|
|EDUC 800||Historical, Cultural, and Philosophical Issues Impacting School Administration||3|
|EDUC 805||Principles of Organizational Leadership||3|
|EDUC 810||Curriculum and Instructional Management and Student Development||3|
|EDUC 819||Meeting the Needs of All Stakeholders||3|
|EDUC 825||Leadership for Inclusive Learning Environments||3|
|EDUC 830||Administration of Essential Educational Programs||3|
|EDUC 835||Measurement and Assessment||3|
|EDUC 840||Operations and Personnel Administration||3|
|EDUC 855||Administrators as Agents of Change||3|
|EDUC 860||Legal Issues in School Administration||3|
|EDUC 865||Resource Management in K-12 Education||3|
International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning
|EDUC 771||Curriculum Processes||3|
|EDUC 772||Assessment and Learning||3|
|EDUC 773||Teaching and Learning||3|
|Select 9-10 credits from the following|
|SPED 600||Characteristics of Mild-Moderate Disabilities||3|
|SPED 601||Characteristics of ASD||3|
|SPED 604||Child & Adolescent Psychopathology||3|
|SPED 607||Foundations of Developmental and Cognitive Disabilities/Intellectual Disabilities||3|
|SPED 620||Reading Foundations||3|
|SPED 631||Responsive Instruction, Intervention, and Assessment||3|
|SPED 641||Introduction to Behavioral Methods & Mental Health for Mild to Moderate Special Needs||3|
|SPED 780||Student Teaching - Academic Behavior Strategist * ‡||4|
|EDUC 751||Special Education Student Teaching Seminar *||3|
These courses are for BA Special Education Studies graduates who are seeking initial license only.
Pre-Reqs can be waived as long as students have successfully completed the BA in SPED Studies program
Teacher Coordinator of Work-Based Learning License
|EDUC 705||Foundations and Implementation of Work-Based Learning||3|
|EDUC 707||Curriculum Design and Instructional Methods for Work-Based Learning||3|
|EDUC 709||Implementing and Monitoring Work-Based Learning||3|
|TEAC 710||Practicum in Work-based Learning *||1|
Course is required for Minnesota state licensure. If not seeking Minnesota licensure, it can be optional.
At times the program director is able to build a customized concentration for students. This may include courses from multiple concentrations and/or transfer work from other institutions