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Developing compassionate leaders in special education.

At Bethel, we recognize that teaching children with special needs is a high calling. Our 20 faculty members are recognized researchers and practitioners in multiple specialties within the field of special education. Through stand-alone licensures, flexible bachelor's degree programs, masters-level work, and even Doctor of Education coursework specific to directing special education programs, there's a Bethel program to fit every stage of educational preparation. We believe in the value of every person, and our network of educators support and encourage one another to help their students reach their full potential.

Our Programs

Special Education (B.A.)

The B.A. in Special Education will help you become a skilled professional in a high-demand profession. You’ll learn to customize programs to meet individual needs and serve students with compassion in a variety of roles. While having a traditional undergraduate college experience, you'll build your knowledge base and refine your skills in assessing, supporting, and educating students with mild to moderate disabilities. 

Special Education (B.A.)

The Adult Undergrad B.A. in Special Education will help you become a skilled professional in a high-demand profession. You’ll learn to customize programs to meet individual needs and serve students with compassion in a variety of roles. This program will build your knowledge base and refine your skills in assessing, supporting, and educating students with mild to moderate disabilities.

Special Education (M.A.)

Our special education program will build your knowledge base and refine your skills to assess and educate students with mild to moderate disabilities. You’ll develop into a confident, compassionate, successful teacher, serving kids, families, and communities.

Explore our concentrations to find the option that will best meet your goals and interests. If you're not already a licensed teacher, you will have to complete required prerequisite courses which meet the MN Standards of Effective Practice.

Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership (Ed.D.)

Bethel’s Doctor of Education in Leadership in Higher Education will develop you as a leader who can meet the challenges facing colleges and universities. In our program, you’ll analyze those challenges and determine how you can respond in ways that reflect your unique leadership strengths, passions, and experience. At Bethel, you’ll prepare for effective leadership in the many areas within higher education institutions and organizations.

Ed.D. in K-12 Administration (Ed.D.)

Bethel’s Doctor of Education: Leadership in K-12 Administration will develop you as a transformational leader who can humbly and confidently lead colleagues, students, and community members in connecting with their strengths, passions, and experience.

Students can earn a principalsuperintendent, and/or director of special education licenses. Non-license seeking students complete an individualized directed study.

Academic Behavioral Strategist License

Our Academic Behavioral Strategist License prepares you to serve K-12 students in a variety of mild to moderate disability categories, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Other Health Disabilities, and Developmental Concentration Disabilities. You’ll be equipped to work in resource rooms and inclusive K-12 settings within public schools.

Autism Spectrum Disorders License

The Autism Spectrum Disorders License will prepare you to serve students in birth to age 21 settings who have been identified with autism spectrum disorders.

Developmental Disabilities License

With our Developmental Disabilities License, you’ll become adept at implementing and adapting evidence-based instruction methods that will meet the needs of your students and help them succeed.

Director of Special Education License

Our Director of Special Education License prepares you to caringly and effectively serve students with disabilities and their families. You’ll be ready for leadership in an administrative role as you build skills in problem-solving, organizational management, communication, resource allocation, and policy.

Emotional and Behavioral Disorders License

Our Emotional and Behavioral Disorders License prepares you to serve K-12 students who have been identified with emotional and behavior disorders ranging from mild to severe.

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