The Department of Education at Bethel will guide you to become an inspiring teacher through Christ-centered values. Learn how to work collaboratively and creatively so you can watch potential come to life in your classroom.
Majors, Minors, and Programs
|Elementary Education with Early Childhood Education||Major|
|Elementary Education with Preprimary (age 3 to grade 6)||Major|
|Elementary Education with Middle Level (grades 5-8)||Major|
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Teacher Preparation Coupled with Real-world Experience
At Bethel, you'll be challenged in a supportive community that gives you numerous classroom placements and experience with evolving education technology. We go beyond books and theories to provide you with significant, real-world opportunities in a number of diverse settings to ensure your success. We're taking your faith in Christ and integrating it everything you learn so you can lead and serve in incredible ways–in the classroom and beyond to our communities and our world.
of partnering/cooperating teachers enjoy their experience mentoring and working with our students
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21st century skills
Learn evolving teaching technology–from SmartBoards, iPads, and online resources to tools for creative teaching, such as programming simple robots and designing games for learning so you can engage and inspire your students.
Intensive school experience and practice
We offer numerous classroom experiences in diverse settings, from urban to private and International Baccalaureate structures, with classroom observations, content practicums and even the option of a year-long residency.
As part of the education program, study in Mexico, Great Britain, Guatemala or Spain–and even student teach internationally or in a partner program in Chicago.
Strong STEM focus
In the elementary setting, you will be more marketable by preparing to teach in schools that integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—now a high demand in teaching.
Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative (TC2)
Bethel's Education program is a member of a 6-institution collaborative designed to enhance urban teaching and narrow the achievement gap in Minnesota.
Small class sizes
Our department provides you with personal attention as you develop as an aspiring teacher.
Faculty become encouraging mentors and friends as you progress through the program.
Spain Term changed my life. God showed me a beautiful culture and people in need of Him. After graduation, I returned to complete a masters in Spanish and literature, and then taught at a private school in Madrid.–Lauren Borst
What can I do with an education degree?
Education majors serve as classroom teachers in schools as well as youth leaders, consultants, or in business careers.
Our education graduates work as:
- Elementary school teachers in public, private, charter, or international schools
- Middle school or high school teachers in endorsement or specialty areas
- Teachers of English to speakers of other languages
- Content specialists in science, math, communication arts & literature, social studies, Spanish, music, art, physical education at every level
- Preschool teachers
- Youth leaders
- Missionary leaders
- Educational consultants
- Curriculum developers
- Industrial or business trainers
- Also engaged in numerous non-education careers
Our alumni attend
- Bethel University Graduate School
- University of Minnesota
- University of St. Thomas
- Nova Southeastern University
Our alumni study
- Content fields
- School administration
- Public policy
- Instructional design
- Special education (ABS, ASD, EBD, and LD)
- Literacy education
- International baccalaureate
- Educational technology