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Peg McCormick

Job Title

  • Associate Professor of Education
    Special Education (M.A.), Graduate School

Started at Bethel



  • Metro State University - B.A. in Liberal Arts, 1994
  • University of Minnesota - M.A. in Special Education, 1996
  • University of Minnesota - Ph.D., 2009

Areas of expertise

Peg McCormick's interests and areas of specialization include Behavioral Theory, interventions for the EBD classroom, resilient health for teachers, and best practices for the support of international student teachers.


Peg McCormick began her 20-year career in special education teaching primarily in Setting III EBD classrooms. Peg is fascinated by the science of information processing and behavior change and how this knowledge can be used to influence and shape the environment and the delivery of instruction in Special Education classrooms. She has been successful in the practical use of this knowledge and now teaches the science and application of these principles to emergent teachers at the academic level.

Unique to the Special Education classroom are a variety of known variables that contribute to teacher burnout. In 2004, Peg began her doctoral work at the University of Minnesota with the intent to research burnout, resilience, and occupational longevity among special education teachers. Following a successful defense in 2009, and charged with the desire to train and influence new teachers through a biblical worldview, Peg teaches a variety of courses across Bethel's teacher licensure programs.

Courses Taught

  • SPED 613 Interventions for Moderate to Severe Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities
  • EDUC 624 Introduction to Theories and Practices of Teaching and Learning
  • SPED 608 Introduction to Academic Instruction and Behavior Management for Exceptional Learners
  • SPED 613 Interventions for Moderate to Severe Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities
  • EDUC 750 General Education Teaching Seminar
  • SPED 751 Special Education Teacher Seminar


McCormick, P. (2008) Teacher Burnout Factors as Predictors Of Adherence to Behavioral Interventions. Paper presented at the International Convention for Applied Behavior Analysis, Chicago, IL

McCormick, P., McComas, J., Goodman, D., (April, 2007) Creating a Modified Industrial Arts Program for EBD Students in the Self-Contained Classroom. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Louisville, KY.

McCormick, P., (2014) Occupational Burnout: Predictors, Indicators, and Prevention of Field Exhaustion. Continuing Education Event. Behavioral Dimensions, St. Louis Park, MN.

Certificates and Licenses

Special Education, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, K-12. State of Minnesota, file #365409

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Council for Exceptional Children

Ministry Coordinator Board, Bethel Christian Fellowship

Hobbies and Interests

Peg plays cello with the Bethel Philharmonic Orchestra and Twin Cities Justice House of Prayer. She is a summer gardener, a leader in her home church, an advocate for immigrant students. Peg enjoys adventures with her husband, Brian, and their three grandchildren.


"A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out." - Isaiah 42:3