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Our professors are distinguished scholars, active researchers, published writers, and faithful Christians who demonstrate what it means to be both Christ-followers and leaders in their academic fields. As mentors and role models, they play a huge role in the integration of faith and learning at Bethel.

Katie Bonawitz, EdD

Associate Professor of Education, Program Director of M.A. in Special Education | katie-bonawitz@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Areas of expertise

Dr. Bonawitz researched disabilities amidst world religions for her doctoral work. Other research areas include Finnish SpEd, collaboration with general and special education, and transformational teacher preparation. Her special education teaching specialties include history, legal issues, mild-moderate disabilities, consultation, collaboration.

Seann Dikkers

Associate Professor in Education | seann-dikkers@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Sandi Horn

Associate Professor in Education | sandi-horn@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Areas of expertise

Horn’s research interests include charter school development, experiential learning for teacher education candidates, and integration of social studies concepts into elementary curriculum. Her teaching specialties include introduction to education and elementary social studies methods.

Jill Martin

Associate Professor of Education | jmartin@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1996

Areas of expertise

Martin’s scholarly interests include content area literacy, reflective teaching, and teacher’s use of metacognation. Her teaching specialties include secondary social studies, middle level philosophy and pedagogy, and educational psychology.

Jolene Pearson

Associate Professor, Director of Early Childhood Services in Education | jolene-pearson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Areas of expertise

Pearson has focused her research and professional work in pre-service teacher education, professional development for early childhood educators, online education, and infant mental health. Her teaching specialties include premature infants, infant mental health, early childhood special education, and development of early childhood teachers.

Linda Probert

Associate Professor in Education | linda-probert@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Areas of expertise

My expertise is in Literacy for K-2 children and Kindergarten education. I am passionate about working with teacher candidates as they learn to teach young children in developmentally, active, and creative ways. My research interest is the importance of play in children's school experience.

Danny Swensen

Associate Professor of Education | d-swensen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Areas of expertise

Areas of expertise include middle school education, education technology, statistics, and math and physics education.

Geri Von Grey

Instructor in Education | geri-vongrey@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

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 Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

Bethel’s undergraduate Education program is an accredited member of the Teach Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). 

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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