B.A. in Special Education

Special Education Program

Bachelor of Arts

With a special education degree, you’ll be a skilled professional who helps ensure exceptional outcomes for students with disabilities.

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Learning that fits your life. In Bethel’s B.A. in Special Education program, you’ll become a skilled professional ready to serve in a high-demand profession. You’ll learn to customize learning experiences and use evidence-based practices 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 to assess, educate, and serve students with mild and moderate disabilities. After building a solid, foundational base through your bachelor's degree in special education, you'll be able to add additional licenses to serve students in several disability categories. Bethel offers stackable licenses in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Developmental Cognitive Disabilities (DCD), and Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (EBD).

Program Details

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.

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Program Highlights

Experienced Professors

Our professors are leading researchers and practitioners in the field with multiple specialties. They bring personal experience to your learning to make coursework relevant to the real-world classroom.

Classroom Experience

You’ll work with experienced mentors and complete 120 hours of field experience and 12 weeks of student teaching. These experienced mentors will help you synthesize your learning into practical next steps in your education career.

Student Success

We’re committed to helping people succeed, from admission to graduation. You'll be supported by advisors and professors who are caring and will make sure you have everything you need.


Our program is designed for busy adult learners who work full time, have families, and are involved in their community. Courses are completed mostly online with some face-to-face Saturday sessions and begin every six weeks, allowing you to start at any time throughout the year and finish in as few as 28 to 30 months.

Christian Environment

We integrate Christian faith and strong values into ideas and practices. You'll work with a group of peers to build practical skills together, and you’ll also explore how your values influence the work you do.

Practical Experience

This online program—with occasional Saturday sessions on campus—is designed for people who want to put their classroom learning into practice immediately. You'll incorporate real-life work experiences into discussions and assignments, learn from your peers, and walk away with the skills and confidence to thrive in your job.

Upcoming Events

JUNE 13 2024

Camp Hope 2024


A retreat for teachers

JUNE 14 2024

Camp Hope 2024


A retreat for teachers

JUNE 15 2024

Camp Hope 2024


A retreat for teachers

JUNE 18 2024

Refresh: A Gathering for Educators

8:30 a.m. Anderson Center Community Room

A retreat for education teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators to refresh and rejuvenate by providing them with an opportunity to prioritize themselves.

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B.A. in Special Education
Minnesota is facing a critical shortage of qualified special education professionals. Through this online special education undergraduate degree, you'll be able to build your credentials and gain hands-on experience. Our program is mostly online with occasional on-campus Saturday sessions. You will learn evidence-based practices to serve children with disabilities and their families, and you'll build your professional network as you pursue your career in special education teaching. You'll also complete courses alongside a group of supportive peers, and gain the confidence and practical tools to excel in this growing and high-demand field.


of students would recommend their program to other teachers

- Recent Bush Exit Survey


Students who pass the MTLE Pedagogy exam

Career Outcomes


Our B.A. in Special Education program will help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to be a confident, compassionate, successful teacher serving kids, families, and communities.


Learn how to:

  • Understand the educational landscape, building a basis for educational practice
  • Effectively teach students with mild to moderate disabilities
  • Develop strategies for managing academic and behavioral challenges
  • Ethically carry out legal requirements of special education
  • Collaborate with parents and colleagues
  • Engage with students from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds
  • Use a range of technology tools to interpret, evaluate, and apply information


Our graduates become:

  • Excellent candidates for Bethel's M.A. in Education in K-12 program or additional specialty licenses
  • Special education teachers in public, private, and charter schools
  • Group home directors or administrators
  • Early childhood special education teacher
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Ministry professionals serving students with special needs
  • Special Olympics, camp, or recreational program support staff for students with special needs


Our graduates have gone on to work at:

  • Anoka-Hennepin Schools
  • Kasson-Mantorville Schools
  • Intermediate District #287
  • Bemidji Area Schools
  • ACR Homes
  • St. Paul Public Schools
  • Roseville Area Schools
  • Minnesota Association of Charter Schools
  • Ada-Borup School District
  • Rochester Public Schools
  • Many other districts across the state
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