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Teaching Program Details

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.


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: Summer 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021

Total Credits


Finish in as Few as

17 months (plus thesis)


  • Locating Resources for Educational Research (EDUC614)

    Introduction of skills needed to search for and cite resources used in a teacher preparation program and masters 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

  • 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)

    Emphasis is on the synthesis of multiple forms of literacy within the content area: reading, writing, media, and critical literacy. Students will weave multiple facets of literacy into their content area, with the greatest emphasis on content area reading.

    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. 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.

    3 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.

    5 credits

    Corequisite Course: EDUC778;EDUC779

  • Preparing the Thesis/Action Research Project (EDUC755)

    Description of the masters thesis and action research project options including requirements and the oral examination process for the masters degree. Understanding of both quantitative and qualitative research designs. Identification of a literature review, literature review with application emphasis, or action research project topic and creation of a prospectus. Demonstration of academic research, writing skills, and APA formatting proficiency.

    1 credits

  • Student Teaching Placement I (EDUC778)

    Prior course knowledge and skills will be practiced under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a college supervising teacher while students teach. In the field experience and through two student teaching placements, students will have teaching experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

    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.

    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 students 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

    Corequisite Course: EDUC756

  • 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 512 curriculum, the NCTM Principles and Standards, Minnesota K12 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.

      3 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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