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Adult & Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Bethlehem Central School District offers Continuing Education courses for the community in the fall and spring of each year. Course offerings for the fall and spring semesters are mailed to all district residents in late August and late January. Questions about Continuing Education classes can be directed to Scott Carlton (Fall classes) at or Kate Burkart (Spring classes) at

IMPORTANT: Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus public health emergency, all Continuing Education is suspended as of Friday, March 13 until further notice.

The deadline to register for spring classes is Friday, February 14, 2020

HVCC to offer 3-credit Early Childhood course at BC beginning Jan. 27, 2020

Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) will be offering a 3-credit Foundations of Education course at Bethlehem HS for the Spring 2020 semester. It will be offered on Monday evenings from 6:00 – 8:50 pm each week. This is one of the three courses HVCC plans to offer on a rotating basis each semester. These courses may help employees work towards their Level II New York State Teaching Assistant Credential, which has a requirement of 9 college credits.

EDUC 110 – Foundations of Education in America

Description: This course is designed for students having an interest in education as a field of study. The course will familiarize students with the history and functions of educational institutions as well as issues that impact students and teachers in learning settings from birth – grade 12. Students will explore the social factors, values, knowledge structures and technologies influencing curriculum and instruction. Up to 30 hours of unsupervised field experience also required in this course.

To register for this class only, visit

The Humanities Institute for Lifelong Learning (HILL)

Bethlehem’s Humanities Institute for Lifelong Learning is an independent organization offering opportunities for lifelong learning to residents of the Capital District. Information on HILL courses and programs is included in the Continuing Education course brochure mailed to district residents each fall and spring.

HILL was founded in 1993 by Fred and Helen Adler to make available educational and cultural experiences to residents of the Town of Bethlehem and the greater Capital District. The Institute’s goal is to enhance lifelong learning opportunities for the adult population of the local community. HILL is a non-profit entity and serves as an adjunct organization of the Bethlehem Central School District. It is staffed by volunteers who comprise the Coordinating Committee, and all expenses are funded from the modest fees charged to attendees of its regularly scheduled spring and fall semester classes. HILL’s six-week series of spring and fall classes are taught by distinguished professionals who are usually faculty members of colleges and universities in the Capital Region. The courses are in the humanities and related cultural areas and include selections that focus on contemporary issues, respond to community interests and appeal to a wide audience. Other events provided by HILL can include single lectures, concerts, panel discussions or other activities considered by the Coordinating Committee to be of educational or cultural value.

Quick facts:

  • Each HILL class meets 6 times a semester, and the starting dates and times differ with each course. See the class descriptions in our brochure for more information.
  • HILL observes Bethlehem Central School District’s full-day weather cancellations. Check local stations or the district website for closing information.
  • Messages with questions about HILL courses should be left on (518) 368-7029.