Teacher Coordinator of Work-based Learning License

Today’s students learn in all kinds of environments. Sometimes that means on the job as well as in the classroom. High schools are looking for experts to help plan programs geared toward students who thrive in work-based experiences—programs that help them find possible career paths and set personal goals, programs that give them a step ahead in the job market as well as in college.

Bethel’s Teacher Coordinator of Work-based Learning license program helps educators plan experiences that give their students the chance to learn in work settings outside of the classroom.

As the only private university in Minnesota with a work-based learning program, we approach our teaching from a faith-based perspective—weaving the discussion of personal growth and ethical decision making into every course. 

Who is the work-based learning license for?

This license is for educators who already have a valid K-12 teaching license. The program is designed for teachers who want to coordinate work-based educational opportunities for regular and special education high school students and expand their knowledge of work-based learning.

Most of our students are employed in a school district and are either completing the program because they already serve in a work-based learning position on a variance, or are being asked to start a work-based learning program in their school.

The program builds skills in these key areas:

  • Program planning and implementation
  • Learning assessment
  • Employment trends
  • Human resources
  • Career counseling
  • Community and business relations
  • Law, policy, and regulations

How is the program structured?

The work-based learning program uses a cohort model where students are automatically registered for the program and move through the 3 courses with a group of peers. All courses are delivered completely online, with optional social events planned throughout the year.

Students can start their program work in the summer, fall, or spring, taking 3 classes over the course of a year:

  • First course: History and Advancement of Work-based Learning (EDUC705)
  • Second course: Designing School-based Instruction for Work-based Learning Programs (EDUC707)
  • Third course: Implementing and Monitoring Work-based Learning Programs (EDUC709)

Plus, you have the option of completing the program as part of the M.A. in K-12 Education program, or as license-only.

  • Master’s track: Up to 9 credits of the license can be transferred directly into the 32-credit M.A. in K-12 Education program.
  • License-only track: Earn only the work-based learning license in less than one year.

Experiential learning is a main component of the program experience. In addition to your class work, you'll interview both a human resources representative at the business of your choice and a work-based learning coordinator at the school of your choice. 

How is the license awarded?

The Teacher Coordinator of Work-based Learning license for grades 9-12 is awarded by the Minnesota Board of Teaching after the completion of the required coursework.

What do graduates say about the program?

Here's some statistics from our most recent Bush Exit Survey* given to our students:

  • 100% of our students said they felt prepared to effectively teach the subject matter in their licensure area.
  • 91% of students said the program gave them the skills to integrate a variety of media and educational technologies into instruction.
  • 82% of students said they felt prepared to understand the needs of students from diverse backgrounds.

Plus, 82% of students that began the program during summer 2013 completed it in spring 2014. Our students have commented that:

  • The program is well balanced between expectations that are reasonable without being overly ambitious
  • Bethel has come through, ensuring "quality, quality, quality" in instruction and coursework
  • The practical application of materials made them feel definitely prepared

*Funded by the Bush Foundation, the Bush Exit Survey is a valid and reliable instrument. This survey was designed and issued by 14 higher education institutions in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. It is given to students toward the end of their program.