February 17, 2015 | 8 a.m.
By Tricia Theurer, Communications Specialist
Bethel’s K-12 Education Administrative License Program recently received re-accreditation from the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA) for the five next years.
“The rigor of the accreditation process was a healthy endeavor for our program,” says Craig Paulson, program director of Bethel's Doctor of Education in Higher Education and doctoral and licensing programs in Leadership in K-12 Administration. “We were required to review our course objective alignment with administrative license competencies as well as the practices we have in place for internships and continued program improvement.”
Carla Dahl, Ph.D., assistant director and professor of formation, comments, “Interestingly, during our final accreditation evaluation, one of the external review committee members shared that she was pessimistic entering the review due to her concerns with online programs.” But the committee member’s concerns were alleviated, and she cited Bethel’s program’s “emphasis on relationship and individualized programming as strengths.”
Paulson explains that Bethel’s K-12 Education Administrative License Program is part of the doctoral major, Leadership in K-12 Administration. While some students earn only the license or doctoral degree, most earn both, he says.
Tracy Reimer, Ph.D., assistant director for program development, thanks the dozens of Bethel community members who participated in the process, pointing out that the group ranged from “the president and provost, to support staff, to administrators, to community advisory committee members, to faculty members, to current and past students.”
The Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA) was created by the state legislature in 2001 “to establish and maintain high standards for a quality administrator licensing system for Minnesota public schools, and to ensure that the highest quality administrators serve the needs of Minnesota citizens.”