Individual Courses

Maybe you need a course to qualify for a degree program? Or maybe you're wanting to add some skills. Either way, Bethel offers many courses that are a great option to meet your need.

  • All course offerings are subject to change and courses may be canceled due to low enrollment.
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required for all graduate-level courses.
  • Additional approval is required for some courses. Approval will be sought after registration form is submitted.
  • Financial aid is available to students who are part of a degree program.

Take a look at the current course offerings below. Once you're ready, you can register online.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Admin Operations/Personn Admin — EDUC840

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    Major categories and practical actions required to lead the operations of a modern school or district by building on many of the philosophical and contextual ideas from earlier courses or learners' experiences. Development of skills of organizational supervision and management, delegation of authority and accountability, internal and external administrative communications, politics in education, and public and media relations.

    3 credits

Admin of Essential Ed Programs — EDUC830

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    Students, as school leaders, will examine their schools in depth to ensure that essential programs are in place. Examination of valuable educational practices that successfully address the needs of students and staff. Development of specific plans for school environment that consists of student engagement, attention to safety, relationships, and creating a learning atmosphere where students and staff thrive. Students will apply a personal belief system and explore best practices.

    3 credits

Applied Ethics — PHIL660

7/7/15 - 8/11/15 | Tuesdays from 6-10 pm | 2PT
7/9/15 - 8/13/15 | Thursdays from 6-10 pm | Bloomington
11/9/15 - 12/14/15 | Mondays from 6-10 pm | Bloomington
11/11/15 - 12/16/15 | Wednesdays from 6-10 pm | 2PT
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    Synthesizing discussion of ethics from the entire MBA program. Learners will explore their own journey from the introduction of ethics, values-based leadership, and faith/work integration in the first course through each course in the program. Learners will again assess their own moral reasoning and develop a plan for integrating these concepts into their future leadership positions.

    3 credits

Classroom Technology — EDUC668

11/9/15 - 12/7/15 | Mondays | 2PT - online course
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    This course will explore various forms of technology that expand classroom learning as well as technology that facilitates communication between teachers and their colleagues, their students, and their students' guardians.

    1 credits

Curriculum & Intr Mgmt — EDUC810

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    Examination of the fundamentals of curriculum design, effective curriculum planning and implementation, as well as trends, issues, forces, and ideas affecting today's curriculum. Focus is on synthesizing knowledge gained from the curriculum with knowledge gained from professional experience. Overview of cognitive and behavioral issues and theories of learning as they affect student performance. Examination and practice of effective techniques for working with culturally and academically diverse student populations as well as techniques for managing varied types of student behavior. Implications for staff development are surveyed.

    3 credits

Data and Decision Making — BUSN605

7/7/15 - 8/11/15 | Tuesdays | Main Campus - online course
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    Explores research principles relevant in the business setting. Evaluation of research reports and data with a focus on quantitative data used for decision making. Application of appropriate strategies and tools to make and explain ethical and effective business decisions.

    3 credits

Foundations in Education — EDUC621

8/17/15 - 9/21/15 | Mondays from 5-9 pm | 2PT - online course
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    Introductory examination of the profession of teaching with a focus on the forces and ideas that have influenced and now shape education. Areas of study are history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, legal matters, reform, and other current issues related to education. Course also includes study of student health as well as the role of chemicals in the lives of students, families and schools.

    3 credits

General Teaching Methods — EDUC630

8/20/15 - 9/24/15 | Thursdays from 5-9:30 pm | 2PT
9/29/15 - 11/3/15 | Tuesdays from 5-9:30 pm | Main Campus
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    An active-learning and activity-centered course. Application of various pedagogical theories and methods in teaching middle and high school students through the practice of planning, implementation, and assessment procedures. Focus is on meeting the application/performance part of license standards as set by the Minnesota Standards for Effective Practice for Teachers.

    3 credits

Health and Aging — GRTG605

11/10/15 - 12/15/15 | Tuesdays from 5-9:30 pm | Main Campus
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    Examination of health as shalom, well-being, or wholeness. Normal physical, psychological, and spiritual changes of aging will be addressed. Identification of ways to promote healthy aging and common health concerns of the elderly.

    3 credits

Institutional Assessmt in HE — EDUC837

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    Examination of institutional assessment practices in higher education settings. The course focuses on having students engage in activities that are similar to what Assessment Directors in Higher Education do in their work. Topics include creating effective outcomes, developing ways to authentically measure outcomes, and writing clear assessment reports.

    3 credits

Integration of Psyc & Wrldview — PSYC642

10/1/15 - 12/17/15 | Thursdays from 7-9:30 pm | Main Campus
10/1/15 - 12/17/15 | Thursdays from 5-7:29 pm | Main Campus
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    Overview and critique of the models that articulate the interface between psychology and Christianity. Focus is on topics central to the practice of counseling within the context of a Christian worldview. Discussion of such areas as the nature of personhood, the nature of evil and psychopathology, and the process of healing. The course has at its core the importance of personally integrating one's Christian faith and the discipline of psychology.

    3 credits

Intro to Theories & Practices — EDUC624

8/18/15 - 9/15/15 | Tuesdays from 5-9:30 pm | Main Campus
9/28/15 - 11/2/15 | Mondays | 2PT - online course
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    Focus is on theories and current research on how people learn and how to design instruction. Emphasis is on what we know about how the brain works and what we know about effective teaching and learning strategies. Theories of human development; theories of learning; overview of effective teaching strategies.

    3 credits

Ldrship & Strategic Plan in HE — EDUC842

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    Integration of mission, vision, planning, and budgeting in order to strategically frame leadership challenges in higher education contexts. Exploration of healthy institutional development through effective leadership in areas of personnel, communications, and relationships with relevant constituencies. Reflection on personal vision in areas such as accountability, motivation, and team building.

    3 credits

Leaders as Agents of Change in — EDUC857

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    This course is designed to immerse participants in the educational change and problem-solving process as it relates to higher education. It is intended to help participants to see the need for change, and to help them develop and build visionary leadership capacity and skills for designing, leading and sustaining meaningful ongoing educational change. This will be accomplished by examining current changes and trends in our world, considering their impact on education and learning from various leaders in the area of change. Additionally, participants will read a variety of change literature, identify a complex change initiative in their own context/setting, and develop philosophies and strategies for implementing significant change through a final course project.

    3 credits

Leadership and Program Mgmt — GRTG645

10/1/15 - 11/5/15 | Thursdays from 5-9:30 pm | Main Campus
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    Review of leadership and management styles. Styles identified will be applied to various current and potential positions in the field of gerontology.

    3 credits

Legal Issues in School Admin — EDUC860

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    Focus is on the legal foundations of educational policy, statutory themes, and case law as they affect the needs of the school administrator in the daily execution of responsibilities and administrative practices. In addition, the student gains an understanding of the legal basis for the relationships between school districts and federal, state, and local units of government. Students analyze the processes of dealing with the legal issues and risks faced by academic institutions and administrators, including any current issues in learners' work environments.

    3 credits

Lifespan Development — PSYC671

7/21/15 - 8/6/15 | Thursdays from 5-9:30 pm | Main Campus
9/29/15 - 12/15/15 | Tuesdays from 5-7:29 pm | Main Campus
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    Study of the development of individuals from conception through late adulthood. Emphasis is on the familial, cultural, and societal contexts of development as a framework for the understanding of individual development. Areas of development explored are: physical and physiological changes, intellectual functioning, personality development, normative and non-normative transitions, social relations, family development, vocational development, retirement, and death. Focus is on individual differences (taking into account such factors as gender, culture, and class), issues of continuity-discontinuity throughout life, the nature and assumptions of developmental theory, and the importance of developmental factors in counseling.

    3 credits

Managerial Economics — ECON635

8/20/15 - 9/24/15 | Thursdays from 6-10 pm | 2PT
9/28/15 - 11/2/15 | Mondays from 6-10 pm | Bloomington - hybrid course
9/29/15 - 11/3/15 | Tuesdays | Main Campus - online course
9/30/15 - 11/4/15 | Wednesdays from 6-10 pm | 2PT - hybrid course
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    Study of economics, macroeconomics, and microeconomics. Analysis of the economic forces that influence the business environment. Application of economic tools to illustrate how globalization influences performance, strategy, and policy within firms. Analysis of opportunities and risks in a global economic environment.

    3 credits

Managerial Finance — BUSN625

8/18/15 - 9/22/15 | Tuesdays | Main Campus - online course
9/29/15 - 11/3/15 | Tuesdays from 6-10 pm | Bloomington
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    Focus is on the financial management of business and includes international and ethical implications. Topics include financial analysis and decision making; financial markets; risk; valuation; long- and short-term financing and investing; and working capital management. Extensive use of cases and spreadsheets is required.

    3 credits

Marketing Management — BUSN645

8/18/15 - 9/22/15 | Tuesdays from 6-10 pm | Bloomington
8/18/15 - 9/22/15 | Tuesdays | Main Campus - online course
10/1/15 - 11/5/15 | Thursdays from 6-10 pm | 2PT
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    A demographic and psychographic review of current consumer trends. Review of broadly adopted marketing models. Analysis of marketing challenges in an environment of increasing information, Internet channels, and multiple buyer options. Discussion of various global and ethical issues facing marketers and marketing managers.

    3 credits

Methods Online Tching K-12 — EDUC718

9/29/15 - 11/3/15 | Tuesdays | Main Campus - online course
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    Study of distance learning theories and best pedagogical practices of online course design and delivery. Use a learning management system to design online course content. Facilitate a strong sense of community and collaboration. Create effective supporting structures, foster effective online classroom management, evaluate student learning, and provide appropriate feedback and assessment.

    3 credits

Operations Management — BUSN660

11/10/15 - 12/15/15 | Tuesdays | Main Campus
11/10/15 - 12/15/15 | Tuesdays | Main Campus
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    Analysis of changes in operational management, legal and, regulatory issues throughout lifecycles of organizations considering faith, ethics, and Christian worldview. Evaluate organizational efficiency using quality models such as Six Sigma and Lean. Design plans for organizational success (project management steps, outcomes, technology, production and outsourcing). Distinguish between operational management process and function.

    3 credits

Org Leadership in Higher Ed — EDUC807

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    Students examine the theory and practice of leadership applied to the higher education settings. They analyze and critique leading organizational leadership theories, educational cultures, leadership communication, with emphasis on their implementation in practical educational settings. Exploration of a faith-informed worldview is incorporated with these theories and practices. Students construct philosophical and values anchors, vision cast, develop shared priorities and commitments, and implement vision through policy and program development.

    3 credits

Policy Issues in Aging — GRTG640

9/29/15 - 11/3/15 | Tuesdays from 5-9:30 pm | Main Campus
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    In-depth examination of the major public policies and programs that are intended to benefit older persons. Topics include Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Older Americans Act. Special attention will be directed at the evolution of federal, state, local, and individual roles as well as how the laws play out in community. Analysis of the differential impact of policy proposals on different populations of the elderly, particularly with reference to sex, race, class, and urban/rural differences. Discussion of strategies and tactics that could influence the development of public policy.

    3 credits

Principles of Org Leadership — EDUC805

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    Examination of the theory and practice of leadership applied to K-12 school district operations. Leading organizational leadership theories, both educational and managerial, as well as change theory are analyzed and critiqued, with emphasis on their implementation in practical school district settings. Content emphasis is on the implications of a Christian worldview when incorporated with these theories and practices. Specific foci of content include philosophical and values anchors, vision casting, developing shared priorities and commitments, and implementing vision through policy and program.

    3 credits

Private Practice Entrepreneurs — PSYC670

7/6/15 - 7/22/15 | Wednesdays from 5-9:30 pm | Main Campus
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    Exploration of clinical, ethical, financial, legal, and business aspects of owning a private practice, including development of business plan that fits with students’ values and vision.

    3 credits

Psychopathology — PSYC656

9/29/15 - 12/15/15 | Tuesdays from 7-9:30 pm | 2PT
9/29/15 - 12/15/15 | Tuesdays from 5-7:29 pm | 2PT
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    Critical review of theoretical perspectives and current research on the development and maintenance of major forms of maladaptive behavior. Examination of the diagnostic process will also include discussion of ethics, biases, and the reliability/validity of categorization. Discussion of formulations, symptoms, and progression of various disorders will interface with a consideration of appropriate therapeutic interventions.

    3 credits

Reading Field Experience — SPED621

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    Students will practice reading assessment and instructional techniques with students who have mild-moderate disabilities. Reading Field Experience will take place in a K-12 school setting.

    1 credits

Reading Foundations — SPED620

9/30/15 - 11/4/15 | Wednesdays | 2PT - hybrid course
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    Covers the major components of reading and the instructional strategies that support the development of literacy for K-6 students including those students with mild-moderate disabilities. The course also provides an overview to the structure of the English language and basic linguistic analysis. A 30 hour reading clinical, SPED 621, will run concurrently with this course.

    3 credits

Research Methods & Trmt Data — PSYC654

9/29/15 - 12/15/15 | Tuesdays from 5-7:29 pm | Main Campus
9/29/15 - 12/15/15 | Tuesdays from 7-9:30 pm | 2PT
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    Methods of empirical research particularly applicable to clinical and counseling situations, with primary emphasis on evaluation and application of published research. Secondary emphasis is development of skills necessary for completion of thesis project. Prerequisite: Introduction to Statistics.

    3 credits

Social Gerontology — SOCS600

8/18/15 - 9/22/15 | Tuesdays from 5-9:30 pm | Main Campus
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    Study of the aging process. Focus is on how larger social and cultural contexts shape aging processes and how, in turn, these shape the societies and cultures in which they occur. Particular focus is on developing a holistic understanding of aging.

    3 credits

Spirituality and Aging — GRTG620

11/12/15 - 12/17/15 | Thursdays from 5-9:30 pm | Main Campus
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    Issues such as meaning (and loss of meaning), grief, ambiguous loss, virtue ethics, and wisdom as they relate to aging persons. Examination of ethnic and gender influences on the experience of spirituality in the aging process from a cross-cultural perspective. Models of assessment of spiritual needs will be presented.

    3 credits

Strategic Talent Management — HRMA641

8/17/15 - 9/21/15 | Mondays from 6-10 pm | Bloomington
8/19/15 - 9/23/15 | Wednesdays from 6-10 pm | 2PT
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    Exploration of the strategic, global, and legal aspects of human resource management. Development of the skills and knowledge necessary to align human resource strategies with the core business strategies of organizations. Focus is on using ethical and best HR practices and strategies to optimize the organization’s competitive advantage.

    3 credits

Teaching Content Area Literacy — EDUC665

10/1/15 - 10/29/15 | Thursdays from 5-9:30 pm | 2PT
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    Emphasis is on the synthesis of multiple forms of literacy within the content area: reading, writing, media, and critical literacy. Students will weave multiple facets of literacy into their content area, with the greatest emphasis on content area reading.

    3 credits

Technology Applications — EDUC711

3/1/16 - 4/5/16 | Tuesdays | Main Campus - online course
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    Students will explore technology tools (primarily software) for instructional and student use at the K-12 level. Students will understand the legal, ethical, and safety issues of technology applications in schools. Specific projects will focus on keyboarding and other computer input devices in word processing and other software applications, including Microsoft Office suite of programs. Course time will also be devoted to emerging technologies and the changing nature of technology.

    3 credits

Technology Curriculum — EDUC712

4/19/16 - 5/24/16 | Tuesdays | Main Campus - online course
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    Strategies for planning and implementing technology integration (teaching and curriculum focus) at the K-12 level. Role of leadership in developing a shared vision for integrating technology into learning. Role of technology coordinator in schools. Writing curriculum designed to integrate technology into content areas. Policies and procedures necessary for the use of technology. Prerequisite: EDUC711.

    3 credits

Theraputic Art and Play — PSYC621

9/29/15 - 12/15/15 | Tuesdays from 7-9:30 pm | Main Campus
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    A focus on techniques in expressive therapies, with an emphasis on art therapy and play therapy. The continuum from client-centered to directive therapy is examined, and the application possibilities based on client needs and the setting are explored. Common themes in children's art and play are identified, and the dynamics of interpretation are considered and applied in light of current outcome research.

    3 credits

Understanding Divsty/Stdn Nds — EDUC663

7/21/15 - 8/11/15 | Tuesdays from 5-9 pm | 2PT - hybrid course
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    Discover various learning styles and intelligences that reflect racial, cultural and economic diversity of middle and secondary students. Explore issues that contribute to biases, discrimination, racism, and sexism in middle and secondary classrooms. Study Minnesota-based American Indian tribal government, history, language, and culture.

    2 credits