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Bachelor of Arts

Bethel University's special education teachers ensure exceptional outcomes for exceptional students.

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. This program will build your knowledge base and refine your skills in assessing, supporting, and educating students with mild to moderate disabilities. You'll build a solid, foundational base of knowledge and after completing your B.A., you'll be and 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).

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Special Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Special Education offers a mostly-online format, with occasional face-to-face intensives, allowing adult learners the flexibility to meet requirements on the job and finish their degree efficiently.

Delivery Online
Location St. Paul
Credits 66
Tuition per Credit $430
Estimated Total Tuition $28,380*

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Set Yourself Apart

There's a critical shortage of qualified special education professionals in the state of Minnesota. With this new adult undergraduate program, students will be able to build their credentials and gain hands-on experience through a mostly-online program with occasional on-campus intensives. Students will learn evidence-based practices, build their professional network, complete courses alongside a group of supportive peers, and gain the confidence and practical tools to excel in this growing and high-demand field.


years licensing special education teachers


Students who pass the MTLE Pedagogy exam

Program Highlights

Experienced Professors

Bethel’s special education professors are leading researchers and practitioners in the field with experience in multiple specialties, bringing personal experience to your learning to make coursework relevant to the real-world classroom.

Classroom Experience

During the program, students will complete 120 hours of field experience and 12 weeks of student teaching, while working with experienced mentors who will help them synthesize their learning into practical next steps in their education careers.

Student Success

We’re committed to helping adult learners succeed, from admission to graduation. Rather than focusing on the results of one entrance exam for admission, we look for well-rounded people with work experience who can bring diverse perspectives into the classroom. And once you’re here, you’ll be supported by advisors and professors who are caring and ensure that you have everything you need.


We know many of our students work full time, have families, and are involved in their community while pursuing a degree. This flexible, mostly-online program allows for students to meet their educational goals while thriving in their careers and other areas of their lives.

Christian Environment

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

Practical Experience

This program is designed for adults who want to put their classroom learning into practice immediately. You'll incorporate your real-life work experience into discussions and assignments, learn from a diverse set of peers, and walk away with skills and confidence to thrive in your job.


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
  • 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 Assocation of Charter Schools
  • Ada-Borup School District
  • Rochester Public Schools
  • Many other districts across the state