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Special Education Program Details

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 and moderate to severe 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. 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.

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 Autism Spectrum Disorders, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Other Health Disabilities, and Developmental Concentration Disabilities. You’ll be equipped to work in resource rooms and inclusive K-12 settings within public schools. If you're not already a Tier 3 or Tier 4 Minnesota licensed teacher, you will also need to complete the Standards of Effective Practice concentration. This additional concentration meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Standards and Licensing Board’s (PELSB) Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice, a requirement for all Tier 3 and Tier 4 licensed teachers.

Deliveries Blended, and Online
Location St. Paul
Credits 41
Tuition per Credit $535
Estimated Total Tuition $21,935*

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Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorders Concentration

Our Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) concentration prepares you to serve students with ASD from birth to age 21 in a variety of educational settings addressing mild, moderate, and severe needs. If you're not already a Tier 3 or Tier 4 Minnesota licensed teacher, you will also need to complete the Standards of Effective Practice concentration. This additional concentration meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Standards and Licensing Board’s (PELSB) Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice, a requirement for all Tier 3 and Tier 4 licensed teachers.

Deliveries Blended, and Online
Location St. Paul
Credits 41
Tuition per Credit $535
Estimated Total Tuition $21,935*

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Special Education: Developmental Disabilities Concentration

Our Developmental Disorders Concentration (DD) prepares you to serve K-12 students in a variety of educational settings addressing mild, moderate, and severe needs who have been identified with Developmental Cognitive Disabilities (DCD). With a Minnesota K-12 Developmental Disabilities License, you’ll become adept at implementing and adapting evidence-based instruction methods that will meet the needs of your students with Developmental Cognitive Disabilities (DCD) and help them succeed. If you're not already a Tier 3 or Tier 4 Minnesota licensed teacher, you will also need to complete the Standards of Effective Practice concentration. This additional concentration meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Standards and Licensing Board’s (PELSB) Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice, a requirement for all Tier 3 and Tier 4 licensed teachers.

Deliveries Blended, and Online
Location St. Paul
Credits 41
Tuition per Credit $535
Estimated Total Tuition $21,935*

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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 behavioral disorders in a variety of educational settings addressing mild, moderate, and severe needs. If you're not already a Tier 3 or Tier 4 Minnesota licensed teacher, you will also need to complete the Standards of Effective Practice concentration. This additional concentration meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Standards and Licensing Board’s (PELSB) Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice, a requirement for all Tier 3 and Tier 4 licensed teachers.

Deliveries Blended, and Online
Location St. Paul
Credits 41
Tuition per Credit $535
Estimated Total Tuition $21,935*

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Standards of Effective Practice Concentration

If you're not already a Tier 3 or Tier 4 Minnesota licensed teacher, you will need to complete the Standards of Effective Practice concentration. The concentration meets all the prerequisites for Bethel’s M.A. in Special Education program and it meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Standards and Licensing Board’s (PELSB) Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice, a requirement for all Tier 3 and Tier 4 licensed teachers. The Standards of Effective Practice concentration must also be paired with one of the concentrations in the M.A. in Special Education program.

Deliveries Blended, and Online
Location St. Paul
Credits 16 (a total of 57 with another concentration)
Tuition per Credit $535
Estimated Total Tuition $21,935*

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* These program details and costs are estimated and subject to change. View our program details disclaimer for more information.

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 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? 

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Licensure 

Bethel University cannot confirm whether courses or programs meet requirements for professional licensure in states outside of Minnesota. Students should contact their program's licensing bureau to determine whether Bethel's program meets requirements for licensure in their state.

Program Distinctives

Approved by the MNPELSB

The Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (MNPELSB) governs the teacher licensing requirements for the state of Minnesota. The graduate Special Education program at Bethel meets these requirements.

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. Participants are eligible for the Anoka-Hennepin Para Scholarship Program.

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