Special education is about more than providing services. It's about providing a better future.
The M.A. in Special Education includes ASD, ABS, and EBD concentrations. Our program will help you become a skilled professional in a high-demand profession. You’ll learn to customize programs to meet individual needs and serve with compassion. While supporting kids and their families, you’ll motivate students to meet their goals and live a meaningful life. This program will build your knowledge base and refine your skills to assess and educate students with mild to moderate disabilities in several areas, including LD, EBD, OHD, DCD, and ASD.
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Learn more about our Special Education M.A. and licenses!
Preparing Compassionate, Competent Educational Leaders.
Here, we recognize that teaching children with special needs is a high calling. Our 20 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.
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0% of students would recommend their program to other teachers- Recent Bush Exit Survey
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.
During your program, you’ll have 4 opportunities to practice what you’re learning through clinical experiences so upon graduation you can make a real difference in the K-12 educational setting.
Autism Spectrum Disorders License B-21
We are one of the few schools approved by the Minnesota Department of Education to offer this license. Why is this a big deal? Every school in the state of Minnesota will be required to have an ASD-licensed teacher by July 1, 2015.
We’re committed to helping you 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 in graduate school. Our schedules make it easier for you to earn your degree by having limited in-class time so you can complete your assignments when it works best for you.
In our courses, we integrate Christian faith into ideas and practices. In this way, we model how your values and beliefs influence your teaching and scholarship.
Considering entering the field of special education, I felt that it was extremely important to be prepared for the task that lay ahead of me. Bethel challenged me both intellectually and spiritually and I am truly grateful for the opportunity.Mary Fleetwood '15
Current job: Special Education Teacher
Bethel provided me with a fantastic education and prepared me for teaching in a school setting. They were understanding, flexible, and creative in scheduling my classes so that I was able to teach full-time while still attending classes 3 hours away.Derek Bauer '15
Current job: Special Education Teacher in Grand Rapids, MN
The program was great and very practical. It really gave me the opportunity to practice the skills learned in classes.Aldo Cantellano '13
Current job: Dean of Students
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 problems
- 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
Areas of Study
Our graduates go on to obtain additional licenses in the following areas:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders, birth to age 21
- Emotional Behavioral Disorders, K-12
- Developmental Disorders, K-12
- Work-based Learning, Technology, and Literacy