Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Education (Evening Program)

Accelerated Hybrid Program for Adult Learners 

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Whether you’re seeking a career change or are returning to college as an adult, your passion for education and a desire to make a difference in the lives of students has led you here. At Bushnell University, you unleash your teaching potential in our faith-driven Evening Undergraduate Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Teacher Education program. Without compromising on quality, our flexible two-year teaching degree program prepares you for a rewarding career as an educator.

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Credits 39 | Cost/Credit $495 | Completion 2 Years | Entry Points Per Year One

Why Pursue Your Bachelor’s in Teacher Education at Bushnell?

The impact of a teacher extends far beyond the classroom, as they are facilitators of discovery who help children learn more about themselves and the world around them. Through our experience-based curriculum that seamlessly blends theory with real-world practice, you can complete your teaching degree in just two years and gain the knowledge, skills and expertise to confidently shape young minds.

Discover more benefits of Bushnell’s evening undergraduate teaching program:

  • Flexible schedule: Seamlessly integrate your education into your busy schedule by taking courses on campus two nights per week and completing the program over two years.
  • Hybrid learning: We deliver courses in person, with classes held in the evening. You can also take summer courses in an online and hybrid format, and your student teaching takes place during the spring semester and aligns with regular PK-12 teacher contract hours.
  • Field experience: Put what you study in the classroom into practice in 1,000-plus hours of field experience and learn from caring faculty with expertise in a K-12 school setting. This real-world training prepares you to work with state standards and benchmarks.
  • Preliminary licensure: The Evening Undergrad Teacher Education program leads to a preliminary teaching license at either the elementary or secondary level. You can complete the program within six semesters, and each cohort begins Summer Session 2 (July).

Curriculum 

Designed to equip beginning teachers with the tools to run a classroom, our program accelerates professional growth while nurturing their faith. Students who graduate with their bachelor’s in teacher education from Bushnell have a well-rounded skill set and the ability to:

  • Show academic competence in the subjects they are to teach
  • Exemplify professional communication (speaking, writing, listening) and technology skills
  • Apply a working knowledge of effective classroom management and the skills of teaching
  • Motivate students with hands-on, action-based learning opportunities
  • Demonstrate the ethical and professional responsibilities of teachers and an understanding of the teacher’s role as a leader in the community

Endorsements

Choosing between Elementary Education and Secondary Education, students may develop teaching specializations with additional endorsements.

Teaching Endorsements

  • Advanced Mathematics
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Health
  • Integrated Science
  • Language Arts
  • Multiple Subject Elementary
  • World Languages: Spanish
  • Social Studies

Specialty Endorsements

  • Physical Education
  • ESOL

Education Courses

The courses in this accelerated teaching degree program cover the material students need to know to pass licensure exams and lead the classroom with confidence.

Education classes include:

  • Child Development/Adolescent Learners & Learning Theory
  • Classroom Relations and Management
  • Connecting Curriculum and Assessment
  • Content Specific Methods Courses
  • edTPA Support Seminar
  • Exceptional Learner and Inclusive Environment
  • Exceptional Learners
  • Faith Integration in Teaching Seminar
  • Field Experience
  • Foundations of Education and Diversity
  • Graduate Writing Seminar
  • Student Teaching

Visit our academic catalog for full course descriptions.

To learn more about important dates, such as new student orientation and the last days to add or drop classes, review the academic calendar.

Two-Year Track Rotation

Students completing the program in two years.

Course Rotation

(Year 1) Course Title
Summer Connecting Curriculum & Assessment
Child Development/Adolescent Learners & Learning Theory
Exceptional Learners & Inclusive Environment
Fall Content Specific Methods Courses
Foundations of Education & Diversity
Field Experience
Classroom Relations & Management
Spring Content Specific Methods Courses
Field Experience
(Year 2)
Summer Graduate Writing Seminar
Exceptional Learners & Inclusive Environment
Fall EdTPA Support Seminar
Field Experience
Spring Faith Integration
Student Teaching

Clinical Practice

Once accepted into the program, candidates are enrolled in clinical experiences, which continue each term, culminating in a full-time student teaching experience.

Students in the Evening Undergrad program engage in 240 hours of Clinical Practice, which prepares them for a 600-hour full-time clinical experience in student teaching.

During school-based clinical practices, candidates will work closely with a certified teacher in their area of concentration and will create a work sample with supervised support. Candidates will use a variety of research-based educational practices that reflect how students learn, are sensitive to individual differences, and address the needs of diverse populations.

Student Teaching

The majority of Bushnell students complete their student teaching within 30 miles of campus. If you don’t see the school or district on this list that you are interested in, let us know and we’d be happy to connect with you.

  •       Springfield School District
  •       Eugene 4j School District
  •       Junction City School District
  •       Creswell School District
  •       Corvallis School District
  •       West-Linn-Wilsonville School District
  •       Pleasant Hill School District
  •       St. Paul Catholic School
  •       O’Hara Catholic School
  •       Eugene Christian School
  •       Bethel School District
  •       Harrisburg School District
  •       Salem-Keizer School District
  •       South Lane School District
  •       North Santiam School District
  •       Lake Oswego School District
  •       Willamette Christian School

Hear From Our Educational Majors

Student
"Bushnell provided me the support I needed as I pursued teaching. Before I could even graduate, I had many job opportunities lined up for my career!"
Rachel Schuck '24
Student
Liliana Lopez
"I chose to attend Bushnell because of its faith-based learning and reasonable night class size. At Bushnell, I feel that my teaching career has met a life-work balance here!"
Liliana Lopez '24

B.S. in Teacher Education (Evening Undergrad Program) Admissions

To apply to the Evening Undergrad Teacher Education program at Bushnell University, submit the following materials:

  • A free application for admission.
  • Official transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75.
  • A statement of purpose (two to three pages, double-spaced) that clearly indicates career history, professional goals and professional guiding principles.
  • Current résumé.
  • One letter of recommendation that specifically addresses the academic ability, work performance and character of the applicant.
  • Two Disposition Assessments.
  • Personal interview with the Admissions Committee.
  • An official test score on the TOEFL (a minimum score of 550 on the paper test and a minimum score of 213 on the computer test) for applicants from non-English-speaking countries.

All teacher education majors must apply to the School of Education, ensuring they’ve met the following requirements before applying:

  • Admission to Bushnell University
  • Completion of approximately 60 semester credits

Tuition and Financial Aid

Bushnell aims to make education accessible by offering a multitude of financial aid options to incoming students. In addition, we strive to ensure that our academic programs remain affordable without sacrificing quality. 

Per-semester cost of attendance for the two-year teaching degree program is as follows:

  • Cost per credit: $495
  • Housing & Food: $5,650
  • Books & Supplies: $35 per credit
  • Personal: $700
  • Transportation: $700
  • Tech Fee: $150

Explore financial aid at Bushnell.

We encourage military veteran students to review Bushnell’s veteran support services and tuition assistance program.

Pathways in Education Scholarship

n collaboration with 20 organizations, Bushnell University offers the Pathways in Education Scholarship, which helps to support diverse teaching candidates and reduce the persistent diversity gap in our teacher workforce.

Learn more about this scholarship opportunity.

Career Opportunities in Teaching and Education after Bushnell

Our graduates serve in dozens of PK-12 districts across the western U.S., with many landing jobs locally in Lane County. Many of our alumni serve at schools in Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona and Idaho.

 

Additionally, our former students are currently enrolled in graduate programs at the following institutions:

  • Bushnell University
  • George Fox University
  • Oregon State University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Southern California
  • Western Oregon University

Teaching Licensure Requirements

Oregon Licensure

In accordance with the rules established by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC), the Bushnell University Department of Teacher Education offers comprehensive programs leading to a PK-12 Preliminary Teaching License.

All Teacher Education program students must create an eLicensing account on the Oregon TSPC website

Learn more about Oregon licensure requirements.

Out-of-State Licensure

Learn more about out-of-state licensure.

Testing & Fingerprinting Process

Education students must pass several tests mandated by the State of Oregon for teacher licensure.

Official Test Scores (as required by law; additional fee required by testing agency)

Fingerprinting (as required by law)

  • Education Program Fingerprinting Procedures
  • Fingerprint packets and forms can be obtained in the Teacher Education Department. Fingerprint clearance by TSPC is required prior to official admission into the program.

Civil Rights

To hold a teaching license, Oregon educators are required by statute to demonstrate knowledge of civil rights laws and laws prohibiting discrimination. In accordance with ORS 342.123 (1), pre-service teachers must pass all components of the Civil Rights in the Educational Setting learning modules. 

All modules must be successfully passed prior to starting any field experience or by the second week of the fall semester, whichever comes first. A passing score of 100% is required.

Learn more about testing requirements.

Change Your Career Trajectory with a Teaching Degree from Bushnell

Ready to make a lasting impact and shape the future? Bushnell University’s two-year teaching degree program empowers you to reach your goals and become a skilled educator. Propel your professional success and inspire minds as you embrace the art of education — where every lesson becomes a legacy.

Take the next exciting step — apply today!

Have Questions?

We encourage you to reach out with any questions about the education major. Our admissions team and faculty are always happy to guide you through the process.

JaiLeigh Wiren
Senior Admission Counselor

541-349-5284
jwiren@bushnell.edu 

Suzanne Price, M. Ed.
Associate Dean, School of Education

541-684-7206
sprice@bushnell.edu

Meet the Dean

   Suzanne Price, M.Ed.

“Choosing a career in education impacts the world around you. It is a job that blends both the head and heart as teachers foster meaningful relationships that can open doors of opportunity for children and youth. You can learn with, and from, your students as you come alongside them in their educational journey.

The role of teacher can be challenging at times, yet one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. The Evening Undergraduate Teacher Education Program will guide you in developing the knowledge, skills, and disposition necessary of effective teachers. Through engaging, hands-on, coursework and time spent in PK-12 classrooms, you will leave the program prepared to confidently meet the demands of the professional. Join us and start making a difference, today!”

The School of Education Faculty

Tammy Bovee, M.S.    Jenee Cazares, M.A.    Allyssa Goertzen, M.A.    Brian Kaelin, Ed.D.    Cindy Nees, M.Ed.     Suzanne Price, M.Ed.    Ray Ricks, M.Ed.    Marilyn Williams, Ed.D.