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Community Partnerships

Bethel University and its Department of Education have a long history of investing in and partnering with the Twin Cities community around us.

Formal Partnerships

Our formal partnerships include charter school authorizing and field placements and teaching internships with P-12 schools and districts.

Education Advisory Board

Partnerships also include the Education Department Advisory Board, made up of 40+ P­-12 professionals (superintendents, principals, classroom teachers) who meet once or twice a year and provide:

  1. input around what is current in their schools and districts
  2. feedback on graduates that they may have hired
  3. guidance to us on needs for new emphases in our programs
  4. induction and mentoring needs
  5. bringing to their attention new priorities at Bethel

Partner Organizations

The Bethel Education Department also partners with community organizations such as:

Twin Cities Teaching Collaborative (TC2)

Initially sponsored by the Bush Foundation, this partnership of teacher preparation programs works at developing clinical cluster sites, offer co-­teaching training, professional development and established university liaisons at school sites.

Indigo Education

Workshops, seminars, and related training for special education teachers and general content area classroom teachers.

Minnesota Teen Challenge

MTC staff may earn a scholarship if they enroll in any of the Bethel degree programs, including education.

Bethel-Frogtown/Summit-University Community Partnership

Students in the Education Equity class are part of a broader partnership with the Frogtown and Summit-University neighborhoods. This connection shows support for the community through service, civic, social, and spiritual engagement. Students spend time volunteering with several organizations including: Central Community Services, Reading Partners, Hmong American Partnership, St. Paul City School, and the Hubbs Center. Read more about Bethel's long-standing relationship with the Frogtown/Summit-University Partnership.

P-12 School Partnerships

Cluster sites and advanced level partnerships allow for targeted resources to support multiple teaching interns and cooperating teachers or innovative initiatives in diverse settings with the opportunity for hands-on classroom and real-life teaching experiences.

Program Distinctives

Approved by Minnesota Board of Teaching

The Board of Teaching governs the teacher licensing requirements for the state of Minnesota. The undergraduate Education program at Bethel meets these requirements.

Accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

Bethel’s undergraduate teacher education program is accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Accreditation System for a period of 7 years, from October 2015 through December 2022. Our teacher education program will seek accreditation under the CAEP Standards in fall of 2022. Formed in 2013, CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation, and administers TEAC accreditation. See our candidate performance data (pdf).

Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative

Bethel’s Education program is part of a Bush Foundation funded collaboration with five other higher education institutions called the Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative (TC2).

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