The teaching profession is challenging, rewarding, and inspirational, with the opportunity to shape generations to come. Bethany’s education majors can become licensed professionals in a variety of K-6, 5-8, and K-12 programs.
The education program at Bethany prepares students to teach in a variety of settings with the belief that future teachers educated from a Christ-centered perspective will be better prepared to meet the needs of children in a multi-cultural society whether in public, private, or Lutheran schools. Bethany’s education program provides rigorous and research-grounded coursework that is student centered and immerses teacher candidates in real classroom teaching experiences.
What sets us apart
Bethany education majors are trained in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program and spend time as an AVID tutor at a variety of grade levels. AVID is a nationally recognized program that provides study skills and college preparation training for students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. AVID students are often the first in their family to graduate from college.
Strong Campus Community
In Bethany’s education program, we have smaller class sizes than most institutions. This results in a strong feeling of community between our faculty and students, all of whom are heavily committed to the field of education. As a result of this, our students receive a great deal of personal attention. For example, each of our students sends weekly reflections on their student teaching experience to the education faculty members who individually respond to each reflection. These introspective exercises are an important component in developing as an educator. The fruits of this are seen in several ways. We regularly hear from schools that teachers love working with Bethany students and we often hear that there’s just something that sets our students apart.
Special Education Clinical
Although most programs give some attention to special education, our program is unique in requiring a three-week clinical during which you will have the opportunity to teach children with special needs under the direction and supervision of a special education teacher. This level of guidance is extremely valuable for graduates as they apply for teaching positions and begin their careers.
Read more about Clinicals and Student Teaching.
Unique Capstone Course
Our program includes a capstone course, EDUC486 Capstone for Professional Educators, that prepares our students for life after college. In this course, students are prepared for resume writing and the interview process. They also create their philosophy of education statements. Students who intend to teach in Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) schools learn about the call process. The students also engage in a great deal of reflection with the faculty and other students. The primary goal of this course is to understand the vocation of an educator while also understanding the roles that parents and others play in the lives of students.
Elementary Education Scope
Bethany’s education major offers Minnesota state-approved teaching licensure for K–6. Endorsements are available in the following areas:
- Communication Arts and Literature
- Social Studies
Entry into Major
The liberal arts serve as a foundation on which students build their professional education sequence.
- Successful completion of 24 credits of general education core courses including EDUC100 Introduction to Education
- An application to the education major
- Verification from academic advisor of a 2.75 GPA in the core education major classes
- Interview with a committee from the Education Department
- A positive clinical experience report from EDUC100 Introduction to Education
General Education Requirements
A grade of C+ or higher must be obtained in each of the courses noted with an asterisk (*), as these contain embedded state licensure standards.
- Visual/Performing Arts Elective 3 cr.
- *BIOL101 Principles of Biology and Lab 4 cr.
- COMM111 Fundamentals of Speech 3 cr.
- *ECON203 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 cr.
- ENGL100 Stretch Composition I I and II 6 cr. OR ENGL110 College Writing I 3 cr.
- Literature elective 3 cr.
- SMNR101 Freshman Seminar 2 cr.
- *GEOG101 Physical Geography 3 cr.
- *HIST111 Ancient Medieval Europe 3 cr.
- HIST207 History of USA I OR HIST208 History of USA II 3 cr.
- International Language 8 cr.
- *MATH110 Math Problem Solving 4 cr.
- Music Elective 3 cr.
- RELG108 Essentials of Christianity I and RELG109 Essentials of Christianity II 4 cr. OR RELG110 Introduction to Christianity I and RELG111 Introduction to Christianity II 4 cr.
- RELG electives (200 level) 3 cr.
- RELG electives (300 and 400 level) 6 cr.
- *SOCL330 American Minorities 3 cr.
A grade of C+ or higher must be obtained in all Elementary Education Coursework.
Professional Education Core Requirements
- EDUC100 Introduction to Education 3 cr.
- EDUC100 Introduction to EducationCL Clinical 0 cr.
- EDUC230 Educational Psychology & Human Relations 3 cr.
- EDUC230 Educational Psychology & Human RelationsCL Clinical 0 cr.
- EDUC211 Literacy Foundations 1 cr.
- EDUC315 Teaching Health and Human Performance 3 cr.
- EDUC315 Teaching Health and Human PerformanceCL Clinical 0 cr.
- EDUC320 Early Literacy 4 cr.
- EDUC320 Early LiteracyCL 0 cr.
- EDUC325 Intermediate Literacy 3 cr.
- EDUC325 Intermediate LiteracyCL Clinical 0 cr.
- EDUC342 Methods of Elementary Social Studies 1 cr.
- EDUC360 Teaching Science in Elementary Classrooms 3 cr.
- EDUC360 Teaching Science in Elementary ClassroomsCL Clinical 0 cr.
- EDUC370 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner 3 cr.
- EDUC370 Introduction to the Exceptional LearnerCL Clinical 0 cr.
- EDUC401 Educational Technology and Media 2 cr.
- EDUC426 Integrating the Fine Arts in Elementary Education 2 cr.
- EDUC430 Teaching Mathematics 4 cr.
- EDUC430 Teaching MathematicsCL 0 cr.
- EDUC450 Curriculum Planning and Assessment 2 cr.
- EDUC456 Classroom Management 2 cr.
- EDUC486 Capstone for Professional Educators 2 cr.
- EDUC495 Student Teaching I-Z (K-6) 12 cr.
- EDUC497 Student Teaching II-Z (K-6) 4 cr.
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Read stories from these Elementary Education graduates to see where your Bethany degree might take you!
Clinicals and Student Teaching
We feel it is very important that college students preparing to be teachers should have as many opportunities as possible to gain experience in the classroom. Therefore as a future teacher, you will participate in extensive classroom clinicals:
- 16 hours of early field experience in a classroom working under the direction of an experienced teacher.
- 25 hours in the classroom tutoring middle or junior high school students and assisting an experienced teacher.
- Approximately 18 weeks of clinicals during which you will plan and teach lessons in specific subject areas (language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, health, physical education, music and art) on consecutive days.
- A three-week clinical during which you will teach children with special needs under the direction and supervision of a special education teacher.
- The final classroom experience is the semester-long teaching internship during which you will complete the full-time student teaching requirement. Recently, students have done their teaching internships in Mankato and the surrounding communities of Nicollet, Janesville, Madelia, Mapleton, Jordan, Good Thunder, Faribault, St. Clair, St. James, St. Peter, Albert Lea, and Waterville.
Alumna Allie Curtis Making Impact With Reading Program
Allie Curtis, a 2016 Bethany education graduate, is in the early years of her teaching career, but she’s already making an impact at Martin County West (MCW) Elementary School.
Curtis has been an integral part of the after school studies program at MCW. The program is designed for students to receive extra help with homework subjects that are difficult for them. Curtis explained that the administration was happy with how the program was going and wanted to expand its offerings. She was interviewed about the program in a recent article published in the Fairmont Sentinel.
“The principal at MCW decided to add a reading component to the after school program. He brought me and another teacher in to build the program’s curriculum based on eight standards designed to reinforce reading across the grade levels,” explained Curtis.
Curtis and colleagues worked throughout the summer of 2017 to design the program, and have continued to enhance its offerings during the 2017-18 school year. The program is open to students in grades 3-6 two days a week – Monday and Thursday.
Curtis continued, “Typically, we spend half of the time working on a reading standard and the other half on homework help. One of the big things for the curriculum is bringing hands-on activities and other things that students may not have the chance to experience in the classroom. For example, this week we are wrapping up figurative language, and students are collaborating to write their own plays to demonstrate their understanding of figurative language. The students will present their plays to each other.”
Bethany Lutheran College applauds Allie Curtis for her exemplary work with students in the Martin County West school district.
Elementary Education Faculty
We have a passion for learning and we’d love to share our knowledge with you! Contact us if you have questions about the Elementary Education Major! For more information, check out the Education Department.
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