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Master of Arts

Our M.A. in Teaching qualifies aspiring teachers to enter the field of their calling. You’ll receive an initial teaching license and gain the skills and knowledge you need for a successful teaching career.

Blended

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: Spring 2022, and Summer 2022

Total Credits

36-37

Finish in as Few as

18 months (plus thesis)

Courses

  • Locating Resources for Educational Research (EDUC614)

    Introduction of skills needed to search for and cite resources used in a teacher preparation program and master’s thesis. Identification of differences between research-based sources, non-research-based sources, and other scholarly sources on educational topics using discipline-specific resources.

    1 credits

  • Foundations in Education (EDUC627)

    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

  • General Methods of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (EDUC630)

    Active-learning, activity-centered eperience. Application of various pedagogical theories and methods in teaching middle and high school students through the practice of planning, implementation, and assessment procedures.

    3 credits

  • Psychology of Student Learning (EDUC634)

    Application of educational principles relevant to the physical, social, emotional, moral, and cognitive development of preadolescents and adolescents. 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 and principles that influence and motivate learning, development, and behavior related to the learning environment.

    3 credits

  • General Methods of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (EDUC641)

    Creation of standards-based, short and long-range plans that are linked to student needs and performance, connected to other disciplines, and include technology resources to support learning. Integration of evidence-based instructional strategies that meet learner needs. Development of assessments and evaluations using appropriate data practices. Examination of Christian perspectives and personal values within the professional practice of teaching.

    4 credits

  • Field Experiences in School-based Settings (EDUC643)

    Application of information gained through observations of general education, special education, EL and/or other teachers and students with specific learning needs in educational environments. Implementation of principles of effective instruction in the content area and grade level of licensure. Development of planning skills, instructional strategies, assessment skills, self-assessment skills, and professional dispositions using feedback from educational professionals. Observation of teachers’ use of culturally-responsive instructional practices to incorporate students’ experiences, cultures and communication into instruction.

    3 credits

  • Social Studies 5-12 Teaching Methods (EDUC659)

    Methods and strategies for designing and implementing standards-based learning plans for secondary social studies students using a variety of materials and educational technology. Creation and implementation of formal and informal assessments for evaluating student progress and performance. Identification of classroom management practices in a technology-integrated environment. Identification of ways to involve business, community, co-curricular activities and extracurricular activities in creating educational opportunities. A Christian or personal worldview perspective on the role of teaching social studies.

    4 credits

  • Field Experience (EDUC661)

    Participate in field experiences in K-12 schools and other school-based settings in order to apply coursework to authentic teaching experiences, observe educational contexts and receive mentoring from classroom teachers. Practice reflective skills by debriefing field experiences, writing a formative edTPA, and integrating a spiritual worldview.

    2 credits

  • Teaching Content Area Literacy (EDUC665)

    Analysis of knowledge of research-based skills and assessment strategies, reading processes, and instructional practices in the content area. Integration of various instructional strategies to support readers of various proficiency levels, linguistic backgrounds, and specific learning needs in K-12 settings. Implementation of reading research by determining strategies for developing and implementing academic language, vocabulary, fluency, orthographic knowledge, morphological relationships within words, and comprehension. Application of strategies for enhancing K-12 students’ visual, critical, vocabulary, and writing literacy.

    3 credits

  • Equity in Diverse School Contexts (EDUC669)

    Identification of various groups in American communities and how to foster communication. Analysis of Minnesota-based American Indian tribes. Evaluation of the effects that racial, cultural, and economic factors have in the classroom. Exploration of practical classroom strategies for addressing diversity and inclusion challenges such as bias, discrimination, prejudices, racism, religion, gender, and sexism. Designing and differentiating a culturally-responsive curriculum for a variety of students. Differentiation of curriculum and teaching for gifted and talented students.

    3 credits

  • Mathematics 5-12 Teaching Methods (EDUC671)

    Methods and strategies for designing and implementing standards-based learning plans for secondary mathematics students using a variety of materials, educational technology, and multiple representations. Creation of assessments for evaluating student performance. Identification of effective classroom management practices that promote a positive learning environment. Ways to involve stakeholders, co-curricular activities and extracurricular activities to create educational opportunities. Exploration of connections between biblical principles and culturally-relevant mathematics instruction.

    4 credits

  • Science 5-12 Teaching Methods (EDUC672)

    Methods and strategies for designing and implementing standards-based learning plans for secondary science students. Creation of assessments for evaluating student progress and performance. Identification of effective classroom management practices in a technology-integrated environment. Safety guidelines for caring for scientific specimens, data, chemicals and equipment. Ways to involve business, industry, community organizations, co curricular activities and extracurricular activities to create educational opportunities. Current topics in science education using a Christian and ethical perspective.

    4 credits

  • Visual Arts K-12 Teaching Methods (EDUC674)

    Methods and strategies for designing standards-based learning plans for K-12 visual arts students. Creation of assessments for evaluating student performance. Identification of effective classroom management practices in a technology-integrated environment. Ways to involve business, industry, community organizations, co curricular activities and extracurricular activities to create educational opportunities. History, philosophy, and purposes of visual arts education. Approaches to teaching art history, religion, criticism, and aesthetics, and creation of art prototypes used in visual art learning environments.

    4 credits

  • World Languages and Cultures K-12 Teaching Methods (EDUC676)

    Methods and strategies for designing standards-based learning plans for grades K-12 World Languages and Cultures. Creation of assessments for evaluating student performance. Identification of effective classroom management practices in a technology-integrated environment. How second language acquisition theory informs language teaching. Demonstration of speaking proficiency in the target language and in English. Ways to involve stakeholders, co-curricular activities and extracurricular activities to create educational opportunities. Integration of personal faith or worldview on teaching languages and culture.

    4 credits

  • ESL K-12 Teaching Methods (EDUC678)

    Methods and strategies for designing standards-based learning plans for grades K-12 English as a second language. Creation of assessments for evaluating student performance. Identification of effective classroom management practices in a technology-integrated environment. Understanding of second language acquisition theory and research. Demonstration of speaking proficiency in English. Ways to involve stakeholders, co-curricular activities and extracurricular activities to create educational opportunities. Personal faith or worldview perspective on teaching languages and culture.

    4 credits

  • Communication Arts and Literature 5-12 Teaching Methods (EDUC679)

    Methods and strategies for designing and implementing standards-based learning plans for secondary communication and language arts students using a variety of materials and educational technology. Creation of formal and informal assessments useful for evaluating student progress and performance. Identification of effective classroom management practices that promote a positive learning environment in a technology-integrated environment. Application of philosophy, theory, and research for forming a healthy, professional, community-supported learning environment that includes Christian perspectives and personal values.

    4 credits

  • Business 5-12 Teaching Methods (EDUC689)

    Methods and strategies for designing standards-based learning plans for secondary business students. Creation of assessments for evaluating student performance. Identification of effective classroom management practices in a technology-integrated environment. Ways to involve business, industry, community organizations, co-curricular activities and extracurricular activities to create educational opportunities. Strategies for recruiting business education students and organizing instruction about careers, entrepreneurship, work-based learning, and career and technical education based on key legislation.

    4 credits

  • Student Teaching Seminar (EDUC750)

    Development of reflective skills, professional qualities, and instructional and evaluative skills.  Clarification of personal teaching/learning beliefs, modification of instruction for diverse student needs, and development of effective learning environments. Embeded differentiated instruction for ELS and special education students in the general education classroom. Refinement of assessment strategies and classroom management techniques that maximize student learning.

    3 credits

    Corequisite Course: EDUC778;EDUC779

  • Teacher Candidate Seminar (EDUC753)

    Analyzation of data from assessments to monitor student progress and guide next steps for instruction. Strategies for managing student behaviors to maximize learning. Use of classroom teaching, information about students, collaboration with professionals, problem-solving strategies and self-assessment in the teaching and learning environment. Creation of professional job search tools. Social, ethical, legal, and human issues surrounding the use of information and technology. Christian or personal perspectives on the Code of Ethics for Minnesota teachers.

    3 credits

  • Preparing the Thesis/Action Research Project (EDUC755)

    Introduction to the educational research process including planning for the process of writing and defending a thesis. Recognition of the characteristics of quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, meta-analysis, and action research designs. Reflection on research ethics from a Christian worldview. Demonstration of academic research and writing skills including APA formatting proficiency. Summarization of current, relevant literature on a feasible topic. Creation of a prospectus that contains key components of a proposed study.

    1 credits

  • Student Teaching Placement I (EDUC778)

    Planning and implementing standards-based instruction based on knowledge of subject matter, educational research and/or theory, appropriate educational technology, and diverse needs of students. Use of formal and informal assessment strategies to monitor growth and progress, give feedback, and guide next steps for instruction. Execution of effective classroom management techniques. Establishment of productive relationships, through effective verbal and written communication, with parents/guardians, counselors, teachers, and other school-based stakeholders.

    5 credits

    Corequisite Course: EDUC750;EDUC779

  • Student Teaching Placement II (EDUC779)

    Continued practice of prior teaching experience under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a college supervising teacher while students teach.

    1-3 credits

    Corequisite Course: EDUC750;EDUC778

  • Writing the Thesis/Action Research Project (EDUC790)

    Exploration of a significant educational issue relevant to the student's professional involvement through an independent, individually supervised thesis or project. Oral defense of student’s thesis or project following collaboration with thesis advisor to ensure guidelines have been followed and requirements have been met as noted in the Bethel University Graduate Education Thesis Handbook.

    3 credits

  • Select one from:

    • Methods of Teaching Mathematics, 5-12 (EDUC680)

      Tools for becoming lifelong students of teaching. Instructional methods, class management, assessment strategies, math content in the 5–12 curriculum, the NCTM Principles and Standards, Minnesota K–12 Mathematics Framework, Minnesota Academic Standards, learning theory appropriate to mathematics teaching strategies, tools and technologies for support and enhancement of classroom instruction.

      3 credits

    • Methods of Teaching Science, 5-12 (EDUC681)

      Current methods and approaches used in the teaching of science in grades 5-12. Examination of ways to develop and present curriculum with emphasis on content, scientific investigation, inquiry, assessment, and safe laboratory practices.

      4 credits

    • Methods of Teaching Visual Arts, K-12 (EDUC682)

      Materials, methods, and curriculum employed in teaching art at both the elementary and secondary levels. Historical survey of philosophy of art education and present trends. Studio time for exploration and application of media suitable for both elementary and secondary levels.

      3 credits

    • Methods of Teaching World Languages and Cultures, K-12 (EDUC683)

      Theories of language acquisition, language learning, and classroom methodologies at the elementary and secondary levels. Exploration of instructional resources, uses of technology, evaluative procedures, and classroom management. Development of a philosophy of communicative language teaching and practice in unit planning and teaching. Completion of oral proficiency assessment is required.

      3 credits

    • Methods of Teaching ESL, K-12 (EDUC684)

      Theories of language learning, language acquisition, and classroom methodologies at the elementary and secondary levels. Exploration of instructional resources, uses of technology, evaluative procedures, and classroom management. Development of a philosophy of English as a second language, education, and practice in unit planning and teaching.

      3 credits

    • Methods of Teaching Communication Arts and Literature, 5-12 (EDUC685)

      Concepts, strategies, and skills necessary for the successful instruction and assessment of students in grades 5-12 in reading, writing, speaking, media, listening, and literature.

      3 credits

    • Methods of Teaching Business, 5-12 (EDUC686)

      Learn practical methods for teaching business education to middle and high school students. Students will connect their knowledge of business, both real world and course work, with an understanding of how students learn and how to best ensure student success in the classroom.

      3 credits

    • Methods of Teaching Social Studies, 5-12 (EDUC687)

      Creation of short and long-range learning plans for social studies learners in grades 5-12. Analysis of how content is taught and classroom management is utilized in standards-based middle and high school classes. Design of effective instructional strategies which meet the needs of diverse learners. Implementation of formal and informal assessments.

      3 credits

This program fulfills the licensure requirements in the state of Minnesota. In addition to coursework, there are external tests you must pass. Minnesota also requires all teacher candidates to complete and pass the edTPA. If you want to obtain a teaching license in a state other than Minnesota, check that state’s requirements for licensure.

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Licensure 

Bethel University cannot confirm whether courses or programs meet requirements for professional licensure in states outside of Minnesota. Students should contact their program's licensing bureau to determine whether Bethel's program meets requirements for licensure in their state.