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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.

Department Chair

Seann Dikkers

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Education | seann-dikkers@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Seann Dikkers formerly served 14 years as a middle school history teacher, high school principal, and education consultant. Dikkers' work focuses on the integration of new media technologies for formal and informal educational settings. His books, "Real-Time Research," "Mobile Media Learning," and "TeacherCraft: How Teachers use Minecraft in the Classroom" (ETC Press) are helping educational innovators to integrate technology into classroom learning. Past project work includes CivWorld, the. . . read more.


Linda Bahr

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education | lbahr@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education

Scott Brown

Professor of Mathematics Education | sbrown@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1996

Brown has years of practical classroom experience as a mathematics teacher in the public schools of Cody, Wyoming. He teaches a wide range of courses in both mathematics and education and oversees Bethel's 5-8 and 5-12 math education programs, ensuring compliance with Minnesota teacher licensure requirements.

Becky Carlson

Adjunct Instructor and Elementary Teaching Intern Placement Coordinator | becky-carlson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Becky Carlson formerly served ten years as a fourth and fifth grade elementary teacher and began at Bethel University in 2003 serving as a supervisor for student teachers and practicum experiences. Carlson's work focuses on placing student teachers and practicum students in elementary schools and working with local Twin Cities school districts. Her current partnerships focuses on research on induction support for new teachers.

Steven Henkel

Professor of Physical Education | s-henkel@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1986

Henkel speaks and writes about creative movement, motor skill development, character development, and developmentally appropriate games for children and youth.

Sandi Horn

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

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.

Bonnie Houck

Associate Professor of Education (Literacy) | bhouck@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Bonnie Houck has served as an educator for over twenty years an educator. She has taught pre-kindergarten through postgraduate education, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, serving as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, and district literacy coordinator. Bonnie also served as the State Reading Specialist Minnesota Department of Education for over five years, supporting the professional development of educators in research supported practices across the state. . . read more.

Lisa Kepple

Instructor of Health Education | patlis@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Instructor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science

Andre Koen

Adjunct Instructor of Education | ank73572@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

My focus is in multicultural education in K-12 educational setting and in workplace demographics as they apply to EEO challenges and ADA compliance.

Donna LeGrand

Associate Professor of Spanish Education | legdon@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

LeGrand developed and directs Bethel's Spain Term and oversees the World Languages and Cultures education program at Bethel. Her interests include teaching all levels of Spanish, teaching about and applying theories of second language acquisition, and researching 16th and 17th century literature from Spain and Latin America. LeGrand is on the board of the Minnesota Council of Teaching Languages and Cultures and has been president of the Minnesota chapter of the Association of Teachers of S. . . read more.

Mary Lindell

Adjunct Associate Professor of Education | mlindell@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

I am interested in practices and interventions that support student success in inclusive environments. I enjoy facilitating general and special education teacher development and partnering with schools to better prepare teachers and serve (P-12) students well.

Jill Martin

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

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.

Breanna Mueller

Adjunct Instructor of Education | brm22425@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Adjunct Instructor of Education

Sara Nelson

Adjunct Instructor of Education | smn49478@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: Adjunct Instructor of Education

Adjunct Instructor of Education

Patricia Paulson

Professor of Science Education | patricia-paulson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

Paulson focuses her research on trustworthy practices for learning science, focusing specifically on scientific practices. She has led the GEMS program, coordinates the STEM certification program, teaches Life Science Concepts, Applied STEM Practices, and Science Curriculum and Methods at all levels. Paulson also teaches in the Ed.D. program.

Jolene Pearson

Associate Professor and Program Director of Early Childhood | jolene-pearson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Dr. Pearson has focused her research on pre-service teacher preparation. Her dissertation was entitled: Too Important to Ignore: Teaching Pre-Service Teachers about Infants and Toddlers. Her current research is focused on analysis of student's reflective journals to understand how they interpret their experiences in early childhood classrooms during practicums. In Fall 2018 her sabbatical research will take her to the University of Iceland, Queen Maud University in Norway, Roehampton Univ. . . read more.

Alison Peterson

Adjunct Instructor of Education | apeterso@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Adjunct Instructor of Education

Jay Rasmussen

Professor of Education | rasjay@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

I have now served for 27 years as a teacher educator and I am currently a Professor of Education at Bethel University. My teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate level courses in literacy education and assessment. My administrative responsibilities include serving as a Faculty Development Coordinator at Bethel and as the Program Director for the M.A. Program in Education: K-12. From 1997-2006 I helped develop and oversee four master’s programs and one doctoral program. . . read more.

Mark Rhoads

Professor of Music Education | rhomar@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Rhoads teaches courses in church music, music education, and gen. ed. arts courses. He is a member of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada and is active in discussions on music and worship, with current research in American hymnody, especially the reform movement in the American Protestant church in the early 19th century. Rhoads is active in church music as director, hymn and tune writer, and worship planner. He also writes and publishes poetry.. . . read more.

Heather Ross

Partnerships Coordinator | heather-ross@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Heather's role is to support community partnerships, including the charter schools authorized by Bethel.

Danny Swensen

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

Areas of expertise include mathematics and physics education, education technology, and statistics.

Sarah Tahtinen-Pacheco

Associate Professor of TESL | s-tahtinen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

30 years experience in teaching & research in: Teacher Education, Bilingual-Bicultural and World Languages and Cultures Ed.; Pre-K -Adult, Curriculum, Assessment, and Instructional Design, ESL/Bilingual/Foreign Language Program, Development & Evaluation, Faculty Development/Teaching Mentor, and Doctoral/Masters Thesis Advisor

Steven Thompson

Professor of Music Education | s-thompson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Thompson teaches courses in instrumental conducting, instrumental pedagogies, private trumpet instruction, and conducts the Bethel Wind Symphony. Thompson maintains an active performing schedule as a trumpeter in the Upper Midwest and the Eastern United States. He is sought after as a clinician and as an adjudicator for numerous con­test events.

Geri Von Grey

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

Instructor of Education

Sarah Wolfe

Adjunct Instructor of Education | sew79427@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Adjunct Instructor of Education

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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