Gail Konzem , M.S. » Department of Education

When studying education at Bethany, you will receive:

  • Small classes with high-quality instruction;
  • Faculty and staff who care about student learning;
  • Education faculty who have classroom teaching experience;
  • Collaboration with local school districts that places you in the classroom;
  • In-class experiences working with inservice teachers;
  • Methods classes based on theory and real-life situations.

Courses designed to help confirm your decision about an educational career early in your college education.

Licensure for current students and alumni (to renew or apply for a teaching license.)

Contact KSDE website ( for License Applications with instructions, Fingerprint Card Order Form and payment instructions for background checks as well as licensure and Testing Information. Licensure in Kansas will take 6 to 8 weeks to complete.

If you are licensing in another state, please contact that state’s Department of Education website for licensure forms and instructions.

In all correspondence, please include your name, year of graduation, Bethany I.D. number (if you know it) and a maiden name, if your name has now changed.

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The state of Kansas also allows teaching candidates to pursue licensure in Middle School English, Mathematics, Social Science, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics. Please contact your adviser relative to coursework designed to facilitate these endorsements.


Art Teaching PreK-12
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Business Education Teaching 6-12
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Elementary Education Teaching K-6
Elementary Education General Studies in Elementary Education
English Teaching 6-12
Health and Physical Education Teaching PreK-12
Mathematics Teaching 6-12
Mathematics Teaching Middle Level
Music: Vocal Music Teaching PreK-12
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Social Science Teaching 6-12
Social Science Teaching Middle Level




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High-Incidence Special Education Endorsement for Teacher Licensure 6-12
Speech and Theatre 6-12


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Department Contacts

Gail Konzem, M.S.

Chair of the Department of Education Professor of Elementary Education
Office Wallerstedt Learning Center 22 Department of Education Phone: 785.227.3380, x8457
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Associate Professor Gail R. Konzem has served on the education department faculty since 2006, joining Bethany College after 33 years as a teacher and administrator in USD305, Salina, Kansas.  Professor Konzem became chair of the department in 2010, and has served on numerous committees at the college.
Professor Konzem graduated from Marymount College in Salina in 1973 with a double major in Music Education K-12, and Elementary Education.  He received his Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from Kansas State University in 1976.  Professor Konzem was recognized as Outstanding Young Educator by the Jaycees in 1980. He has served on numerous boards in the Salina community for many years including member of the board and past president of CAPS (Childrens and Parents Services), and member of the board and past president of Salina Education Foundation. He has participated as a committee member for a number of other associations and organizations in Salina, as well as on the steering committee for Smoky Valley Vision_Tek in Lindsborg, Kansas.  He is past Secretary of KACTE (Kansas Association of Colleges of Teacher Education), and continues to serve on the executive leadership team for the association.
Gail and his wife Cheryl are active members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Salina, serving on numerous committees over the years and as musicians in the parish. They are the parents of two sons, Ryan,( daughter-in-law Lisa and granddaughters, Michaela and Dakota) of Gardner, Kansas and Shane, (daughter-in-law Mandy and grandsons, Sean, Braden, Joshua and Izaac) of Hoisington, Kansas.
During the Spring of 2015, Professor and Mrs. Konzem spent the semester at Harlaxton College near Grantham, England, while he was on sabbatical.  While there, Professor Konzem taught Teacher Preparation courses, completed research regarding the British Education System and traveled extensively.  The International Studies program, named the #1 Study Abroad Program in the United States, is owned by the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.  Bethany College is one of about two dozen partner colleges and universities from across the United States who participate in this in this program.  Professor Konzem was selected as one of nine visiting faculty members from these partner institutions during this semester. The visiting faculty members serve along side six British Faculty who provide a British Studies curriculum to some 175 students from the United States.

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