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Standards of Effective Practice Concentration

If you're not already a Tier 3 or Tier 4 Minnesota licensed teacher, you will need to complete the Standards of Effective Practice concentration. The concentration meets all the prerequisites for Bethel’s M.A. in Special Education program and it meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Standards and Licensing Board’s (PELSB) Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice, a requirement for all Tier 3 and Tier 4 licensed teachers. The Standards of Effective Practice concentration must also be paired with one of the concentrations in the M.A. in Special Education program.


Mostly Online

You'll complete over 80% of your coursework online.

Location: St. Paul

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.


Partially Online

Courses will be a mix of online and face to face sessions. You'll complete over half of your coursework online.

Location: St. Paul

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

Total Credits

16 (a total of 57 with another concentration)

Finish in as Few as

24-30 months


  • General Methods of Effective Instruction (EDUC594)

    Develop effective lesson plans that include all required components. Create effective long-range plans, assessments, and evaluations. Integrate a variety of instructional strategies within lesson plans to meet student needs. Describe appropriate data practices related to student assessment and progress.

    3 credits

  • School-wide Systems Field Experience (EDUC595)

    Supervised observation in K-12 inclusive education setting. Analysis of student needs, classroom environments, and related cultural factors. Development of a personal standard for effective teaching. Implementation of effective lesson plans. Identification of MN edTPA language. Impact of personal faith on the special education teacher role. 30 hours over 10 weeks.

    1 credits

  • Foundations in Education (EDUC621)

    Introduction to the teaching profession and focus on influences shaping education. History, philosophy, psychology, sociology, legal matters, reform, and other current education issues. Student mental health and impact of chemicals in student lives, families, and schools. Personal growth planning and the connection between professional responsibilities and personal faith and values.

    3 credits

  • Introduction to Theories and Practices of Teaching and Learning (EDUC624)

    Identification of different approaches to K-12 students’ development, learning, performance, and critical elements needed to structure an effective learning environment. Synthesis of early assessment theory and current issues. Analysis of theories that influence learning and behavior related to the learning environment. Integration of Christian or personal faith perspective of learning.

    3 credits

  • Understanding Diversity and Student Needs (EDUC663)

    Identification of various groups in American communities and how to foster communication. Analysis of Minnesota-based American Indian tribes. Description of biases, discrimination, prejudices, racism, and sexism in the classroom and the influence personal identity has on student learning. Evaluation of the effects that various diversity factors have in the classroom.

    2 credits

  • Classroom Technology (EDUC668)

    Description of foundations of technology integration practices. Development of a personal technology integration philosophy. Creation of instructional materials to develop understanding of digital citizenship. Evaluation of technology integration resources. Identification of appropriate technology tools for meeting objectives. Application of best practices in technology integration. Analysis of tools for collecting data.

    1 credits

  • Special Education Student Teaching Seminar (EDUC751)

    Development of strategies using personal and professional efficacy skills along with an engagement of school and community resources to provide instruction. Consideration of the learner’s needs while aligning an instructional plan to help ensure student success. Identification of the impact that second language has on learning. Application of appropriate academic language related to lesson planning, instruction, and assessment in the K-12 environment.

    3 credits