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Bethel Advance is more than a partnership program. It's championing education, connecting resources, and collaborating with the community. 

Through Bethel Advance, we are: 

  • changing the face of P-12 and higher education relationships by being more collaborative, attentive, and responsive to the changing needs of all students.
  • making connections amongst Bethel students, Education Department alumni, Bethel faculty and departments, teacher educators and school administrators, and metro schools and districts.
  • helping others give back to the teaching profession by sharing knowledge and expertise, hosting student teaching placements, and attending events to earn CEUs.
  • supporting current students by hosting career-ready events such as the Principal Panel, interviews, and a graduation celebration.
  • supporting graduates by sponsoring alumni activities and providing opportunities for continued professional growth.

Principal Panel

  • Held in the fall each year
  • Partner principals are invited to participate in a panel and the session is open to current and alumni students
  • These field experts share relevant advice, their experiences, and tips for a successful interview or first year on the job

Bethel Advance Interviews

  • Held in the spring each year
  • Principals from partner schools and districts get a first look at graduating seniors for current job openings
  • Current students participate in real interviews and receive real-time feedback
  • Principals from partner schools and districts connect and share innovative initiatives and best practices over dinner

Graduation Celebration

  • Held in the spring each year
  • Celebrate our graduates' accomplishments as they begin their new careers
  • Support our new graduates through a commissioning ceremony to show our love and care
  • Connect our new graduates with the Bethel Education community including alumni, former professors, and school administrators

Continuing Education Units

  • CEUs are available at different times throughout the year on various current and relevant education topics

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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