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WHAT IS THE BASIC PROCESS FOR BECOMING A TEACHER AT BETHEL COLLEGE?

Bethel College education majors proceed through a process that includes completing the courses listed for their program, applying for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program during their sophomore year, applying for Student Teaching in their junior year, and completing the Student Teaching experience. Each education major’s knowledge, dispositions and skills are assessed through an assessment system throughout their experience.

WHERE AND WHEN WILL I GET HANDS ON EXPERIENCE?

Education majors begin field experiences in local schools starting with their first education course. You will go to a variety of schools, both public and private, in the surrounding area. Some of the school districts you might work in include: South Bend, Mishawaka, Penn-Harris Madison, Elkhart, Baugo, Concord, Wa-Nee and John Glenn.

WHERE CAN I STUDENT TEACH?

Student teachers may request a school district where they prefer to student teach.and are typically placed in districts within a 30 mile radius from the Bethel campus. Opportunities are also available for overseas student teaching. The student teaching handbook gives more details about the placement process.

HOW LONG IS STUDENT TEACHING?

Student teaching placements are for 15 weeks.

WHAT ARE INDIANA'S TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSING TEACHERS?

Indiana requires that anyone seeking an initial Standard License as a teacher pass the Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) test for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. In addition to the CASA, passing a specialty area test is required in order to receive licensure. More information can be found on our Licensing Information page.

WHAT IF I WANT TO TEACH OUTSIDE OF INDIANA?

Our graduates who have passed the required tests are prepared for Indiana Licensure. Our licensing advisor is available to assist in the Indiana license application process through the Indiana Department of Education. Licensed graduates may then choose to apply for an additional license in another state. Other states may provide a provisional license with minimal requirements and/or additional testing.

Any other questions, e-mail us at Education@BethelCollege.edu.