Program Vision

We believe teacher education is a cooperative venture in building relationships and empowering candidates to be knowledgeable, skillful, and inspiring professionals who focus on the interests, welfare, and success of learners.

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 in-service 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.

Testing information can also be found on

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Gretchen Norland, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education Chair of the Education DepartmentDepartment of Education
Office Wallerstedt Learning Center, #21 Department of Education Phone: 785.227.3380, x8300 Read Biography
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Alan English, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education Coordinator of Secondary Education
Office Wallerstedt Learning Center, #23 Department of Education Phone: (785) 227-3380, ext. 8297 Read Biography
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Michelle Barreiro, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Education Coordinator of Elementary Education
Office Wallerstedt Learning Center, #22 Department of Education Phone: (785) 227-3380, ext. 8457 Read Biography
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Kelley Menke

Education Licensure Officer and Placement Coordinator Education Department
Office Wallerstedt Learning Center, #25 Phone: 785.227.3380 x. 8054
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604 Bethany Teachers in Kansas
Bethany College Education Department Research – 2017-2018

Bethany Education Department’s Administrative Assistant, Ms. Katia Matter, completed extensive research on tracking the college’s teaching graduates, or program completers, and compiled data of those currently teaching in Kansas. Results of the research revealed there were 604 Bethany teachers who are still teaching in Kansas, ranging from the earliest Bethany graduate in 1972 and up to the most recent Bethany teachers hired in 2017. The collected information included the Bethany teachers’ names, the year they graduated or completed Bethany’s education program, the degree they had earned, and the school district and building in which they were currently employed in the state of Kansas. 

Bethany College Education Department Research (2017-2018)

Significant numbers of Bethany teachers are spread throughout Kansas. The largest group of 200 is teaching in northcentral Kansas, and 154 Bethany teachers are located in three southcentral areas combined. These regions correlate with several partnering districts that work with Bethany Education Department in the placement of student teachers.

Bethany Education Department plans to extend its research, and involve education majors who choose to participate in the Partnership in Research Scholarship program, in 2018 – 2019. The education program will focus on social emotional strategies, and conduct interviews with Bethany teachers in Kansas, and examine their impact on student learning.

Kansas Board of Education District map (2018)

Downloadable Resources


The Teacher Education Program at Bethany College is approved by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and was last accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in 2013. Bethany was the first private college in Kansas to be accredited by NCATE in 1954. Bethany will be seeking accreditation in Fall 2020 through the Kansas State Department of Education.