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Special Education Faculty

Master of Arts

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.

Katie Bonawitz

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

Areas of expertise

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, mil. . . read more.

Jennifer Kettering

Program Director and Adjunct Professor | jek92472@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

Teaching Specialty

Special Education *Learning Disabilities *Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Julia Dreyer

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

Areas of expertise

Julia teaches 2 courses in the Special Education program.

Steve Kaatz

Associate Professor (retired) | kaaste@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Teaching Specialty

special education ( learning disabilities and emotional / behavior disorders)

Mary Lindell

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

Areas of expertise

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

Teaching Specialty

Introduction to Education

Peg McCormick

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

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.

Patti Meras

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

Areas of expertise

Curriculum development, classroom management, professional development, research writing, APA & MLA formats, English/language arts education, social studies education, and special education.

Maia Miller

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

Teaching Specialty

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 . . . read more.

Susan Schwope

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

Teaching Specialty

Psychology Mental Health Special Education

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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