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At Bethel, we’re passionate about supporting those serving in special education—and we’ve been doing it for more than 25 years.

We offer four K-12 license options through the M.A. in Special Education program:

Students also have the option to pursue any of these license areas without earning a master’s degree.

Who should earn a special education license?

Our special education graduate programs are designed for:

  • Licensed teachers who want to add a special education license
  • Other licensed professionals in education such as psychologists and social workers who want additional expertise in the area of special education
  • College graduates with a non-education degree who want to begin teaching students with special needs
  • Professionals who have experience working with students or clients with special needs such as paraprofessionals, educational assistants, group home personnel, personal care assistants, and social workers who want to begin teaching students with special needs

No matter the area of focus, our programs build skills in these key areas:

  • Teaching concepts and theories
  • Interventions and teaching strategies
  • Legal aspects and social issues surrounding special education
  • Administration of specific assessments, both formal and informal
  • Consultation and collaboration
  • Preparation of paperwork for students in special education

How are licenses awarded?

Bethel recommends students for licensure, which is awarded by the Minnesota Board of Teaching after completing all requirements, including:

  • Passing score on 3 required Minnesota Teaching Licensure Examinations (MTLE)
  • Satisfactory completion of student teaching in each licensure area
  • Application for licensure
  • Student Teaching Portfolio
  • Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) for first-time license teachers

Program Distinctives

Approved by Minnesota Board of Teaching

The Board of Teaching governs the teacher licensing requirements for the state of Minnesota. The graduate Special Education program at Bethel meets these requirements.

Accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

Bethel’s graduate Special Education program is accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Accreditation System for a period of 7 years, from October 2015 through December 2022. Our teacher education program will seek accreditation under the CAEP Standards in fall of 2022. Formed in 2013, CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation, and administers TEAC accreditation. See our candidate performance data (pdf).

Premier Paraprofessional Partnership with Anoka-Hennepin

We partner with the Anoka-Hennepin School District to offer you opportunities to work as a full-time float para in area schools while you earn your master’s in special education. This program is a chance to gain first hand experience, get full-time pay and benefits while you work towards your degree, and make connections that will help you build a successful career.

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