Transition to Teaching




The Bethel College Transition to Teaching program is designed for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree and want to become licensed teachers. Transition to Teaching is a one-year cohort program beginning each May and October.

Upon completion of the Transition to Teaching component and passing scores on all required licensure tests, candidates are eligible for an Indiana Teaching license. Transition to Teaching program completers are able to go on to earn the Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

The MAT program is designed for candidates who are seeking initial teacher certification. The MAT program begins with the Bethel College graduate level Transition to Teaching program (18- 24 credit hours) leading to an Indiana teaching license.

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Enrollment counselor/advisor

Sandra Lesko

Phone: 574.807.7328


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Transition to Teaching Information

Who is the program for?

  • Individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education, but have realized they have a passion for education

  • Individuals who have a cumulative 3.0 or above GPA, or who have maintained a GPA between 2.50-2.99 and have 5 years of related work experience (Contact an enrollment counselor for details)

  • There is no GPA requirement if you hold a master’s degree or above

Program structure

  • The program is 12 months with cohort groups starting May and October

  • Classes meet in the evening from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

  • During the second semester, there is a fieldwork requirement in addition to the evening classes

  • During the last semester, there is a 14-week full-time student teaching

  • The Elementary Education program (K-6) is 24 credits

  • The Secondary Education program (5-12) is 18 credits

Admission Requirements

Please submit the following documents to

  • Official Undergraduate and, if available, Graduate Transcripts
  • Essay: one page, double-spaced. Include your name and title the essay, “What Makes a Great Teacher”
  • Please note: A copy of your résumé and essay will be sent to schools when securing fieldwork and school teaching placements.

  • Résumé: a person or professional resume. References not needed.
  • Indiana Background Check - Bethel College requires all teacher candidates to have a current background check on file.
    • If you are currently employed by a school, contact your administration to have a copy forwarded to Shelly Flickinger
    • To have Bethel College run the background check, a $33 fee needs paid in the Student Accounts Office, located in the lower level of the Huffman Administration Building. To pay by phone, call 574.807.7433.
    • Once payment is made, contact the Education Office by phone at 574.807.7019 or Shelly Flickinger to complete the background check form.
  • If needed, confirmation of date time that you are scheduled to take the 3-part CASA test. Schedule this test at, Exemption for this test below.
    • ACT score of at least 24 (based on Math, Reading, Grammar, and Science)

    • SAT score of at least 1100 (based on Critical Reading and Math)

    • GRE with a score of at least 301 (based on Verbal and Quantitative after 8/1/11)

    • GRE with a score of at least 1100 (based on Verbal and Quantitative prior to 8/1/11)

    • Anyone with a Master’s Degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution is exempt

  • CASA Test Exemptions: The following additional assessments/routes are acceptable and may exempt you from taking the CASA tests:
  • Interview with Director of Education, which will be scheduled by Enrollment Counselor.

Program Option

Transition to Teaching can lead to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree

  • Elementary - Additional 12 credits required
  • Secondary - Additional 18 credits required (you must choose one of the following content areas: English, business, social studies, science, math, music, art, PE/fitness)

Elementary License - Required Courses

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
EDTR 501 Teaching in the 21st Century 6
EDTR 517, 518, 519 Reading Methods, I, II & III (2 - credits per course) 6
EDTR 522 Methods of Teaching  - Elementary Grades 6
EDTR 512 Field Work  - Elementary 0
EDTR 502 Classroom Environment 3
EDTR 590 Student Teaching  - Elementary 3
  *Additional 12 credits required to complete the MAT degree        
  Total 24


Secondary License - Required Courses

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
EDTR 501 Teaching in the 21st Century 6
EDTR 52X Specific Methods in: Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Business, etc. 3
EDTR 528 Reading & Writing Across the Curriculum 3
EDTR 511 Field Work  - Secondary           0
EDTR 502 Classroom Environment 3
EDTR 590 Student Teaching  - Secondary           3
  *Additional 18 credits required to complete the MAT degree        
  Total 18

View course descriptions and course schedules.


  • Tuition - $385 per credit hour
  • Service Assessment Fee per Semester
    • Full-time - $150 (9 or more credits per semester is full-time)
    • Part-time - $125

Financial Aid and Payment Plan Options

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Bethel’s federal school code is 001787.

  • Payment Plan OR call 800.722.4867

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