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The state of Minnesota provides guidance on a variety of options for high school students to gain college credit while still attending high school. The overarching term for these programs is Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO). These programs are sometimes referred to as dual-enrollment programs as well.

Traditional PSEO courses are offered either on or off campus, and comply with particular state requirements.

Another opportunity for high school students to achieve college credit is Bethel's College in the Schools (CIS) program, which is another type of Bethel’s Post Secondary Enrollment Options. The CIS program differs from traditional PSEO and is college courses provided using one of two approaches: the Concurrent Enrollment Partnership (CEP) program and the College Provided Faculty (CPF) model. 

  • The CEP program is the collaboration between Bethel University and a partner high school, where Bethel offers and oversees a course taught by a qualified high school teacher at the high school. The course is equivalent in content and academic rigor to the course offered on Bethel’s campus.  
  • With the CPF program, a Bethel faculty member provides a Bethel course to the high school students at the high school campus, online synchronously, or a hybrid of both. 

Both programs afford a relationship intended to benefit both Bethel and the high school. Through these programs, Bethel has the opportunity to strengthen its relationship with a local school, share its disciplinary expertise, and increase the visibility of its programs and recruitment possibilities. The high school can offer a rigorous college-level course for which students receive college credit

For more information about College in the Schools, see the College in the Schools Handbook.

Registration Process

Bethel’s Office of Academic Affairs will provide the registration form to high schools to distribute to participating students. High school students are advised to use their personal email address instead of their school email address to complete the form. The high school is responsible to confirm that the student has met all course prerequisites. Completed registration forms will be submitted to the registrar’s office. Once the forms are received, the registrar’s office will register the students for the requested courses.

Course Offerings for 2021-2022

The following high schools will be offering College-in-the-Schools courses during 2021. Courses by high school are listed below.

Cambridge-Isanti High School

CHE 113/113D General Chemistry I

Minnehaha Academy

SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I (full year)

New Life Academy

BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible (fall)
BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible (spring)
SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I (fall)
SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II (spring)
01/04/22 -5/25/22

Spring Lake Park

ENS 104/104D Environment and Humanity
Tri 1: 9/7/21-12/22/21;
Tri 2: 1/3/22 - 3/10/22

Stillwater High School

SPA 290 Ibero-American History (full year)

Policies and Procedures

Student Privacy

Students participating in Concurrent Enrollment Partnership and College-Provided Faculty program courses have full Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protection until the final grade is posted on the student’s high school transcript. Until that grade is provided, the high school (and the students' parent/guardian) do not have access to any student progress information without a signed release form from the student.

If a student desires to release their information to a parent or guardian, they may sign a Release of Information form. 


Appeals related to grades should be made as soon as possible following the decision in question. Students should seek to resolve the matter first with the instructor and then, if needed, the Bethel faculty liaison. If after talking with the instructor and the faculty liaison the matter is not resolved, students may appeal in writing to the dean of academic programs. For more information, see the Academic Catalog

Course Content Concerns

Concerns about course content and procedures should be addressed first with the instructor and then with the Bethel faculty liaison. If after talking with the instructor and the faculty liaison, the issue has not been resolved, you may contact the dean of academic programs.

Additional resources

College in the Schools Handbook

College of Arts & Sciences Course Catalog

Release of Information Form

Further questions may be directed to the College of Arts & Sciences registrar: cas-registrar@bethel.edu.