Special Education Program

Master of Arts

With a special education degree, you’ll support students and their families while motivating students to meet their goals and live meaningful lives.

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At a Glance


Blended, Online

Finish in as few as

18-28 months, plus a thesis

Estimated tuition


Discover what’s next. In Bethel's M.A. in Special Education program, you’ll become a skilled professional in a high-demand profession. We believe teaching individuals with disabilities is a high calling. That’s why we equip strong and sturdy special education teachers to serve from a mindset of Christian values and current research-based practices. This will prepare you to help create a positive and engaging learning environment for your students and enjoy a sustainable, rewarding career.

Program Details

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

If you're not already a licensed teacher, you will have to complete the Standards of Effective Practice concentration, which meets the Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice, a requirement for every Tier 3 and Tier 4 K-12 licensed teacher in Minnesota.

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Program Highlights

Experienced faculty

Our professors are leading researchers and practitioners with experience in multiple specialties. Their experiences help make the coursework relevant to the real-world classroom.

Practical experience

You’ll practice what you’re learning so you are prepared to make a real difference in the K-12 educational setting.

Student success

We’re committed to helping you succeed from admission to graduation. You’ll be supported by advisors and professors who are caring and ensure that you have everything you need.


Our program can be completed mostly online or in a blend of online and face to face and designed for people who work full time, have families, and are involved in their community. Courses begin every six weeks, allowing you to start throughout the year and finish in as few as 18 months, plus a thesis—though students who need to complete the Standards of Effective Practice Concentration require more time.

Christian environment

We integrate faith into ideas and practices. In this way, we model how your values and beliefs influence your teaching and scholarship.

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Preparing Compassionate, Competent Educational Leaders.

M.A. in Special Education

Here, we recognize that teaching children with disabilities is a high calling. Our faculty members—who are both recognized researchers and practitioners in multiple specialties within the field—train special education teachers to serve students, teachers, and families from a mindset of Christian values. With this frame, you’ll help create a positive environment that will keep your students engaged in learning and your work rewarding. Our multiple licensure options will help you lead in the largest growing field in education.


Students who pass the MTLE Pedagogy exam


of students would recommend their program to other teachers

- Recent Bush Exit Survey

Career Outcomes


Our M.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:

  • Effectively teach students with mild, moderate, and severe 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:

  • Special education teachers in public, private, and charter schools
  • Directors of Special Education
  • Principals
  • Superintendents

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