Teacher Education

Evening Undergrad 

Unleash your teaching potential with Bushnell University’s Evening Undergrad Teacher Education Program. Our faith-driven and innovative approach prepares you for a rewarding career in teaching, offering flexibility without compromising on quality.

Gain the knowledge, skills, and expertise needed to confidently shape young minds through our high-quality, hands-on curriculum that seamlessly blends theory with real-world experience.

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Why Choose Bushnell?

Bushnell University’s teacher education program intentionally pairs student field experiences with classroom learning to ensure you’re prepared to connect theoretical knowledge with hands-on, real-world experiences. 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.

Students will take courses on campus two nights per week and completing the program over the course of two years. Students will complete 1000-plus hours of field experience and learn from caring faculty with experience in a K-12 school setting – allowing practical application in your courses and gaining a strong understanding of what is expected of teachers and students for state standards and benchmarks.

Program Format

Coursework is delivered in person with classes being held in the evening. Summer courses are offered in an online and hybrid format. Students are required to complete at least 240 hours of field experience leading up to 600 hours of full-time student teaching. Student teaching takes place during the spring semester and aligns with regular PK-12 teacher contract hours.

The Evening Undergrad program leads to a preliminary teaching license at either the elementary or secondary level. Students can complete the Evening Undergrad Teaching program within a six-semester program. Each cohort begins Summer Session 2 (July).

Educational Programs

Majors

Teaching Endorsements

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

Specialty Endorsements

  • Physical Education
  • ESOL

Program Requirements

All teacher education majors must apply to the School of Education. Please ensure that you have met the following requirements before applying to the School of Education:

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

Two Year Track

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

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Evening Undergrad Teacher Program, candidates:

  • Are academically competent in 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 ethical and professional responsibilities of teachers and an understanding of the teacher’s role as a leader in the community

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Admissions Requirements

  • 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-three pages, double-spaced) that clearly indicates career history, professional goals, and professional guiding principles.
  • Current resume
  • 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 (minimum score of 550 on the paper test, the minimum score of 213 on the computer test) for applicants from non-English speaking countries

Life After Graduation

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 are serving at schools in Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, and Idaho.

Additionally, here are some graduate programs that our former students are currently enrolled at:

  • Bushnell University
  • Western Oregon
  • George Fox
  • UO
  • OSU
  • Stanford
  • USC

Courses

For full course descriptions, visit our academic catalog.

  • Foundations of Education and Diversity
  • Classroom Relations and Management
  • Exceptional Learners
  • Connecting Curriculum and Assessment
  • Graduate Writing Seminar
  • Child Development/Adolescent Learners & Learning Theory
  • Faith Integration in Teaching Seminar
  • Content Specific Methods Courses
  • edTPA Support Seminar
  • Exceptional Learner and Inclusive Environment
  • Field Experience
  • Student 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 students must create an eLicensing account on the Oregon TSPC website here. For more information on Oregon licensure requirements, click here.

Out of State Licensure

For more information on out-of-state licensure, click here.

Clinical Practices

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

Testing & Fingerprinting Process

Education students are required to pass several tests mandated by the state of Oregon for teacher licensure.

Official Test Scores (as required by law, additional fee required to 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.

More information on testing requirements can be found here.

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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.