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Our professors are distinguished scholars, active researchers, published writers, and faithful Christians who demonstrate what it means to be both Christ-followers and leaders in their academic fields. As mentors and role models, they play a huge role in the integration of faith and learning at Bethel.

Program Directors & Lead Faculty

Katie Bonawitz

Program Director and Associate Professor of Education | katie-bonawitz@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Dr. Bonawitz researched disabilities amidst world religions for her doctoral work. Other research areas include Finnish SpEd, collaboration with general and special education, and transformational teacher preparation. Her special education teaching specialties include history, legal issues, mild-moderate disabilities, consultation, collaboration.


Julia Dreyer

Adjunct Instructor | j-dreyer@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Julia teaches 2 courses in the Special Education program.

Karin Farrington

Adjunct Professor, Student Teacher Supervisor and Thesis Advisor | kkf98786@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Over ten years of professional classroom teaching experience in K-12 Special Education EBD, SLD, and ASD in federal settings I,II,III,IV. Current expertise in the areas of: edTPA training/instruction, SPED student teaching supervision, SPED 608 instruction, and SPED Graduate Thesis advising.

Becky Gerdes

Faculty | beg92364@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: Spring 2017

Greetings, I am Becky Gerdes. I started my educational journey by earning my Bachelor of Science Degree at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN in elementary education with a minor in Social Welfare. That background in social welfare has provided me with an opportunity over the years to build connections in the communities to provide parents with resources (social services, food stamps, counseling, dental health). My teaching experience includes teaching fourth grade, . . . read more.

Rachel Jorgensen

Adjunct | rra35368@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: Fall of 2017

Special education teacher with a particular interest in effective collaboration with all stakeholders.

Judith Landrum

Dean of Education, Christian Ministries, and Associate Programs | j-landrum@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Secondary Literacy: Writing instruction practices, K-12 Literature, and Reading in the Content Area

Mary Lindell

Associate Professor | mlindell@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

I am interested in practices and interventions that support student success in inclusive environments. I enjoy facilitating general and special education teacher development and partnering with schools to better prepare teachers and serve (P-12) students well.

MIchael MIgnard

Director of Educational Clinical Practice | m-mignard@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Introduction to Education

Peg McCormick

Associate Professor of Education | p-mccormick@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

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.

Patti Meras

Adjunct Faculty | p-meras@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

• Curriculum development • Classroom management • Professional development • Research • Writing • APA & MLA formats • English/language arts education • Social studies education • Special education

Maia Miller

Adjunct | maia-miller@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Maia has been teaching in the special education field for 10 years. During this time she has worked with students of all disability areas. For the majority of her teaching career she has taught reading and writing, but has also taught in center-based programs as well as social skills classes for students with autism.

Jan Mrozinski

Adjunct Faculty | j-mrozinski@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Counseling and mental health, teaching students with challenging behaviors, collaboration with outside agencies

Linda Probert

Associate Professor of Education | linda-probert@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

My initial teaching experience of 15 yrs was at the Kindergarten-first grade levels. I have completed 20 yrs at Bethel, primarily in the undergraduate education program- with specialties in literacy and kindergarten education. At the graduate level I teach literacy and reading foundations. I am passionate about working with teacher candidates as they learn to assess and teach their own students to read-regardless of the student's age or learning abilities.. . . read more.

Susan Schwope

Teaching Partner Adjunct Instructor | s-tag@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

Psychology Mental Health Special Education

Program Distinctives

Approved by Minnesota Board of Teaching

The Board of Teaching governs the teacher licensing requirements for the state of Minnesota. The graduate Special Education program at Bethel meets these requirements.

Accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

Bethel’s graduate Special Education program is accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Accreditation System for a period of 7 years, from October 2015 through December 2022. Our teacher education program will seek accreditation under the CAEP Standards in fall of 2022. Formed in 2013, CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation, and administers TEAC accreditation. See our candidate performance data (pdf).

Premier Paraprofessional Partnership with Anoka-Hennepin

We partner with the Anoka-Hennepin School District to offer you opportunities to work as a full-time float para in area schools while you earn your master’s in special education. This program is a chance to gain first hand experience, get full-time pay and benefits while you work towards your degree, and make connections that will help you build a successful career.

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