Options for your initial teaching license are based on your bachelor’s degree major.
Current licensing options include:
- Business (5–12)
- Communication Arts and Literature (5–12)
- General Science (5–8) coupled with a license in Chemistry (9–12), Life Science (9–12), or Physics (9–12)
- Math (5–12)
- Social Studies (5–12)
- Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) K-12
- Visual Arts (K–12)
- World Languages and Cultures (K–12)
The M.A. in Teaching curriculum also addresses a growing population of English Learners (EL), special education students, and students with unique abilities such as gifted and talented students.
Minnesota Teacher License Exam (MLTE)
To qualify for teacher licensure, all Minnesota teacher candidates must demonstrate competencies by passing basic skills exams in reading, writing, and mathematics, along with exams over pedagogy and content areas. Results are reported to the Minnesota Board of Teaching and the United States Secretary of Education. According to MLTE scores (2012-2013), among Bethel M.A. in Teaching students:
- 94% passed the basic skills exam
- 95% passed the content exam
- 100% passed the pedagogy exam
Of those who completed the program, 82% were eligible for an initial teaching license in 2012-2013.
Beginning in 2015, Bethel students can choose to take the ACT plus writing or take the ACT plus writing instead of taking the MTLE basic skills exam. In addition, students may also choose to take the SAT instead of the MTLE basic skills exam. A passing score on the ACT plus writing is a composite score of 22 or higher, and a passing score on the SAT exam is 510 in Reading, 510 in Writing and 520 in Math.
How are licenses awarded?
Bethel recommends students for licensure, which is awarded by the Minnesota Department of Education after completing all requirements, including:
- Passing score on all required Minnesota Teaching Licensure Examinations (MTLE) or equivalent examinations
- Satisfactory completion of student teaching in each licensure area
- Satisfactory completion of required coursework
- Application for licensure
- Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) for first-time licenses