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Bethel has passionate education professors, offering their experiences and knowledge and instilled in me the passion to do the same.
Sharayah Williams ’10

Teacher Education

Do you love to work with children or adolescents, and want to make an impact on their lives at many levels? Do you enjoy learning and helping others learn? Are you someone with good communication and people skills, who likes relating to all ages?

Education could be the career you’re looking for. If you have a lot of patience, along with a particular interest in children and youth with special education needs such as learning disabilities, mental retardation, behavior disorders or physical disabilities, you might want to look at Bethel’s special education program. Bethel is a member of the Associated Colleges of Central Kansas (ACCK), a group of small liberal arts institutions that share faculty and programming in some areas.

One thing that distinguishes Bethel College’s education program from many others is how quickly students begin to put theory into practice – by going into school classrooms in a teacher’s aide role to observe from the other side of the desk and through micro-teaching with peers in the college classroom.

Reflection is an important part of Bethel’s education program – you bring what you learn in the school classroom back to your peers in the college classroom for debriefing, discussion and feedback. Read-experience-reflect describes the method – from theory to practice to evaluation.

To study education at Bethel is to do more than read about the latest theories and trends. It is to challenge your assumptions about the educational process, to get out into the classroom and to learn by doing.

You can choose to major in elementary education with licensure for teaching kindergarten through grade 6 or you can gain a license to teach in conjunction with a content major, in preparation for teaching pre-school through grade 12. Teaching licensure is available in:

  • Art (P-12)
  • Biology (6-12)
  • Chemistry (6-12)
  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • English (6-12)
  • Health (P-12)
  • History and Government (6-12)
  • Mathematics (6-12)
  • Music (P-12)
  • Physical Education (P-12)
  • Special Education Adaptive (K-6, P-12, 6-12)
  • Speech/Theater (6-12)

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