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Transition to Teaching FAQ

Who is the program for?

  • Individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education who realize that they actually have a burning passion for education
  • Candidates who have some experience (three years preferred) beyond college in the degree field or are over the age of 25—exceptions may be made on an individual basis
  • Candidates with a minimum 3.0 GPA for all college work—the School of Education will compute the GPA based upon transcripts
  • Candidates with a 2.5 GPA and five (5) years experience in degree field (elementary education candidates should have experience working with elementary-aged students—secondary education candidates should have worked within their bachelor’s degree major)

How is the Transition to Teaching program structured?

  • Tranisition to Teaching24 credit hours for elementary education licensure
    • Kindergarten - 6th grade, self-contained classrooms (not departmentalized middle school classrooms)
  • 18 credit hours for secondary education licensure
    • Licensure may be more limited than for those in the traditional education program (for example, a graduate in chemistry will earn a /Secondary Chemistry license rather than a Secondary Science license)
    • Secondary education licensure is available in:
      • Mathematics
      • Science (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)
      • English/Language Arts
      • Social Studies (History, Government, Geography, Psychology, and/or Sociology)
      • Business Education
      • Spanish Education
  • Transition to Teaching is now the initial component to the Bethel College Master of Arts in Teaching degree
    • Elementary education students will have 24 of the 36 credit hours completed at the end of the program
    • Secondary education students will have 18 of the 36 credit hours completed at the end of the program
  • The Transition to Teaching program concentrates on pedagogy (how to teach)-it is assumed that the student already has content knowledge before being admitted into the program
    • A transcript review will be conducted to determine any gaps in content knowledge
    • All recommendations for additional content knowledge must be successfully completed prior to the beginning of the Transition to Teaching program

What are the qualifications for admission?

  • Complete a formal application form
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Submit a candidate profile or resume
  • Submit an essay as to “What makes a Great Teacher and Why I will Become One” (1 – 2 pages, single spaced)
  • Complete a self evaluation form
  • Submit Indiana qualifying scores on the CASA—mathematics, reading, and writing tests.
  • Secondary candidates, submit Indiana qualifying scores on your Pearson Content Area Assessment.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation—should support the candidate’s ability to work with school-aged students.
  • Submit a current criminal history check
  • Successfully complete an interview—this March interview will help determine if the candidate has the appropriate disposition for being a teacher .

What is the program like?

  • Tranistion to Teaching Transition to Teaching is offered as a cohort program
  • Students go through the program sequentially and as a group
  • The program is 12 months—it begins in the last of April and is completed the following May
  • Classes are offered in the evening—usually from 6:00 to 10:00 on Monday and Thursday evenings
  • During the fall semester there is a field work requirement in addition to the evening classes
    • 80 hours for secondary education students
    • Bethel will assign students to a school and teacher, and the actual schedule for the hours will be worked out between the student and the teacher—this allows some flexibility in scheduling, but hours must be completed during school hours while students are present
  • During the spring semester there is a 15 week, full-time student teaching requirement in addition to the evening class
    • Bethel will coordinate the student teaching assignments
    • Bethel will attempt to obtain student teaching placements within a reasonable proximity to the student’s home but it will be within a 30 mile radius of the Bethel College campus

What are the timelines?

  • Transcripts should be provided as soon as possible so that a transcriptTeachingreview can be completed
    • A minimum of a “C” (2.0) will be accepted for content requirements
      • Secondary education candidates’ transcripts are evaluated according to the basic requirements of students in the traditional teacher education program in that content area (must have a grade of “C” or better)
      • Includes 40 semester hours in that content area
  • Passing CASA scores on all three tests must be received prior to the beginning of the cohort in May.  Test waiver for those with a 3.0 in their Master’s Degree
  • Passing Content Area Assessments scores (Secondary candidates only) must be received prior to the beginning of the cohort in May.  Elementary candidates take their Content Tests during Student Teaching.

What is the cost of the program and is financial assistance available?

  • Contact the Adult & Graduate Office 574.807.7550 for current pricing.
  • Financial aid is available in the form of loans—there are no scholarships or grants available
    • Additional information regarding financial aid is available from Arlene Duerksen at 574.807.7326

How can I get additional information?

Contact an Enrollment Counselor