The Teacher Preparation Program Conceptual Framework:
In keeping with the mission of the college, candidates are expected to build upon the required core of general studies courses, seeing their relevance to teacher preparation, view their own development (intellectual, social, physical, spiritual, and professional) as a life-long process, and engage in teaching-related activities in the church and community. Candidates will be enabled to competently perform the roles associated with excellence in teaching.
Recognizing that teachers play a vital role in the future of our world, the School seeks to prepare individuals who remain aware of current developments in education and in their field of specialization, who model a spirit of inquiry, provide an atmosphere for the development of the whole person, and who are professional in their approach to and attitude about teaching.
The Department of Education Mission
Within the context of a biblical worldview, the mission of the Bethel College Department of Education is to prepare high quality candidates to serve as wise decision makers and leaders in professional roles.
Bethel College offers state and NCATE accredited programs leading to standard (initial) licensure. The following list indicates the areas that licensure is available. Students who seek licensure in Indiana must achieve satisfactory scores on the Praxis I and Praxis II exams prior to licensing. The Education Resource Center (ERC) in Bowen Library is a methods and materials support center, for education majors.
The Bethel College Department of Education exists within the broader college to help develop graduates who will possess:
- An awareness of the accumulating body of knowledge as an incentive for study and research;
- The ability to think analytically and critically, to appreciate the thinking and culture of others, and to communicate effectively and creatively;
- An understanding of the factors in the physical, mental, and spiritual development of one’s own personal growth;
- Social and civic attitudes leading to responsible participation in human relationships ranging from individual contacts to world citizenship and including people from differing religious, racial, ethnic and economic contexts;
- An appreciation of God’s creation and of humanity’s cultural achievements in the arts and sciences as an outgrowth of increased understanding; and,
- Competence through acquired understandings and skills considered fundamental to certain professions or areas of specializations.