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Master of Arts

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

Explore our concentrations to find the option that will best meet your goals and interests.

Special Education: Academic Behavioral Strategist Concentration

Our Academic Behavioral Strategist concentration prepares you to serve K-12 students in a variety of mild to moderate disability categories, including ASD, EBD, LD, OHD, and DCD. You’ll be equipped to work in resource rooms and inclusive K-12 settings within public schools.

Deliveries: Fully Online and Mostly Online

Locations: Anderson Center and St. Paul

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Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorders Concentration

This concentration will prepare you to serve students in birth to age 21 settings who have been identified with autism spectrum disorders.

Deliveries: Fully Online and Mostly Online

Locations: Anderson Center and St. Paul

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Special Education: Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Concentration

Our Emotional and Behavioral Disorders concentration prepares you to serve K-12 students who have been identified with emotional and behavior disorders ranging from mild to severe.

Deliveries: Fully Online and Mostly Online

Locations: Anderson Center and St. Paul

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This program fulfills the licensure requirements in the state of Minnesota. In addition to coursework, there are external tests you must pass. Minnesota also requires all teacher candidates for initial license to complete and pass the edTPA. If you want to obtain a teaching license in a state other than Minnesota, check that state's requirements for licensure.

Why Choose Bethel? 

Learn why you should choose Bethel (pdf) for a degree in Special Education. 

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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