Education

Female education major student with young children

University Level Education Programs

If you have a passion for teaching, come to Bethel University as an education major! With a growing demand for teachers in all age groups and disciples, you’re needed now more than ever in public and private schools. Bethel University in Indiana offers the best training in the Midwest region to prepare you for a job in the classroom.

The Bethel Difference

Quality Teacher Training

The development of an effective teacher includes acquiring the necessary skills, knowledge, and disposition to teach in a classroom or online setting. Bethel’s programs continually seek ways to ensure our teacher candidates receive the best instruction based on the latest educational research.

Undergraduate teaching programs include:
  • Art Education
  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary Education
  • English Education
  • English Language Leaners (ENL)
  • Health Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Music Education
  • Physical Education
  • Science Education
  • Social Studies Education
For college education majors wanting to continue their education, we offer advanced degrees*:
  • Master of Education
  • School Administration Licensure
  • Special Education Licensure

Through close interaction with faculty members, fieldwork throughout the four-year program, an on-site kindergarten classroom, and student teaching opportunities our Bethel  graduates are well prepared. Our students graduate and  fulfill their roles in the teaching profession as leaders who contribute in both local and global communities.

Employment outlook for teachers is good. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026. This is about as fast as the average for all occupations. For high school teachers, growth projection is 8 percent for that same period.**

Fieldwork Begins Freshmen Year

Bethel University  has a kindergarten partnership with School City of Mishawaka public schools, which allows us to have an actual kindergarten classroom on campus. Faculty and teacher candidates call it the Kindergarten Lab and it serves as a wonderful opportunity for Bethel’s teacher-candidates to learn and hone the teaching craft.   

Accreditation 

The education program is one of Bethel’s most popular majors. We offer several degrees that train students for careers  in elementary, junior high, high school and higher education . Programs are accredited by the NCATE and CAEP.

Beyond the Classroom

For more than 70 years, Bethel University’s Education Department has been influencing future educators with the essential knowledge and skills needed for today's most demanding and diverse classrooms. Our mission is to prepare informed, dynamic professionals with the knowledge and skills to teach in 21st Century classrooms.  

What makes Bethel’s programs unique outside of the classroom?

  • As a Christian university, Bethel encourages students to find their purpose in Christ, and live their faith as role models, an especially valuable trait for a teacher.
  • Our education club hosts local educators and authors. 
  • Students are involved in service projects for the community.
  • Professors regularly engage with area school faculty to make sure programs are meeting the needs of today’s schools.  
* All master’s-level programs are offered on campus or fully online.
** BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm and https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm (Aug. 14, 2019)
Education college student with kindergarten student

New for Fall 2019

English as a New Language (ENL) is a new major option for teacher education majors. The State Board of Education approved the major on Nov. 14, 2018. ENL leads to licensure for teaching in the schools.

 

Accreditations

School principals have ranked Bethel University’s graduates as the most highly effective in the state, and all of our education programs have been granted accreditation through 2023 from National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Read more.

Majors & Minors

A.A. Majors

Early Childhood Education (non-licensure)

B.A. Majors

English as a New Language (ENL)

Early Childhood Education

Birth - third grade (non-licensure)

4-year-plan

Physical and Health Education

Grades P-12

4-year-plan

Science Education - Life Science

Grades 5-12

4-year-plan

Science Education - Physical Science

Grades 5-12

4-year-plan

Minors

Early Childhood Education (non-licensure)

Special Education (with dual licensure option K-6 or 5-12)

Master's Degrees

If you want to continue your education schooling, Bethel offers the following degrees:

 
 

Bethel’s Education Department was recognized by Colleges of Distinction as providing programs that invest in student engagement, innovation and critical thinking.

Read full press release on this ranking. 

Faculty and Staff

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James Bennett

James Bennett

Titles: Program Director of Education, Department Chair of Education
Degrees: Ed.D.
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 574.807.7347
Michelle Fish

Michelle Fish

Titles: Assistant Professor of Education
Degrees: Ph.D.
M.A.
Diane Myers

Diane Myers

Titles: Assistant Professor of Education
Degrees: M.S.
B.S.
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