✖ close


☰ In This Section

Education is about more than teaching. It’s about seeing potential come to life.

The Department of Education at Bethel will guide you to become an inspiring teacher through Christ-centered values. Learn how to work collaboratively and creatively so you can watch potential come to life in your classroom.

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Early Childhood Education Major
Education 5-12 Major
Education K-12 Major
Elementary Education Major
Middle Level (grades 5-8) Endorsement Major
Preprimary (age 3 to grade 6) Major
STEM Minor Minor

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events.

Teacher Preparation Coupled with Real-World Experience

At Bethel, you'll be challenged in a supportive community that gives you numerous classroom placements and experience with evolving education technology. We go beyond books and theories to provide you with significant, real-world opportunities in a number of diverse settings to ensure your success. We're taking your faith in Christ and integrating it into everything you learn so you can lead and serve in incredible ways–in the classroom, in your community and in our world.

# 0 in MN for preparing elementary ed teachers

- National Council on Teacher Quality

0 full-time and adjunct faculty

Program Highlights

21st century skills

Learn evolving teaching technology–from SmartBoards, iPads, and online resources to tools for creative teaching, such as programming simple robots and designing games for learning and experiencing a state-of-the-art 21st century interactive classroom.

Intensive school experience and practice

We offer numerous classroom experiences in diverse settings: from urban and suburban, public and private, charter and magnet, and STEM and International Baccalaureate focused. We provide multiple opportunities for classroom observations, real-life teaching experience and the option of a year-long residency.

Study abroad

As part of your education program, you can choose to study in Mexico, Great Britain, Guatemala or Spain–or even student teach internationally or in a partner program in Chicago.

Strong STEM focus

In the elementary setting, you will be more marketable by preparing to teach in schools that integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—now a high demand in teaching.

Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative (TC2)

Bethel's Education program is a member of a 6-institution collaborative designed to enhance urban teaching and narrow the achievement gap in Minnesota.

Small class sizes

Our department provides you with personal attention as you develop as an aspiring teacher.

Supportive advisors

Faculty become encouraging advisors and mentors as you progress through the program.

Data backs up our program

Not only have our programs been independently ranked the top education program in the Midwest region, our alumni report high satisfaction and preparation for their careers.

See our current assessment and alumni reporting data. 

What can I do with an education degree?

Education majors serve as classroom teachers in schools as well as youth leaders, consultants, or in business careers.


Our education graduates work as:

  • Elementary school teachers in public, private, charter, or international schools
  • Middle school or high school teachers in endorsement or specialty areas
  • Teachers of English to speakers of other languages
  • Content specialists in science, math, communication arts & literature, social studies, Spanish, music, art, and physical education at every level
  • Preschool teachers
  • Youth leaders
  • Ministry leaders
  • Educational consultants
  • Curriculum developers
  • Industrial or business trainers
  • Also engaged in numerous non-education careers

Graduate Schools

Our alumni attend:

Graduate Fields

Our alumni study:

  • Content fields
  • School administration
  • Public policy
  • Instructional design
  • Special education (ABS, ASD, EBD, and LD)
  • Literacy education
  • International baccalaureate
  • Educational technology

Program Distinctives

Approved by Minnesota Board of Teaching

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

Accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

Bethel’s undergraduate teacher 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).

Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative

Bethel’s Education program is part of a Bush Foundation funded collaboration with five other higher education institutions called the Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative (TC2).

Become a Bethel Student