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
March 09, 2017 | 3 p.m.
February 17, 2017 | 2 p.m.
December 07, 2016 | 3 p.m.
September 30, 2016 | noon
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
96% 2014 grads reported being employed as teachers
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.
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.
Faculty become encouraging advisors and mentors as you progress through the program.
Bethel's education program has prepared me to be a successful educator. I provide my students with engaging, effective, and differentiated instruction. Bethel has instilled me with a love for learning and I try to do the same for my students.Paige Davis '16
First Grade Spanish Immersion Teacher at Princeton Primary School
Spain Term changed my life. God showed me a beautiful culture and people in need of Him. After graduation, I returned to complete a masters in Spanish and literature, and then taught at a private school in Madrid.Lauren Borst '09
Current job: Spanish Teacher at The Altamont School, Birmingham, Alabama
The Education Department at Bethel University focuses on developing the best educators for the field. Throughout my time at Bethel I knew that the department was supporting my future career through the courses, professors, and atmosphere.Audrey Erdahl '16
One of my favorite aspects about Bethel is the relationships that I found with my peers and the professors. The people that I have met at Bethel have impacted me by sharing their passions and helping me discover mine.Elise Krohn '16
I am forever thankful for how Bethel University showed me how to love people. Bethel taught me that love is a verb. Teaching in a public school, I am thankful that I can still show God's love through my actions.Bridgette Megears '16
Second Grade Teacher at Anoka Hennepin
The professors I had the opportunity to develop relationships with during my time at Bethel continue to be an invaluable resource and source of encouragement as I begin my own teaching career.Matt Berka '16
High School English Teacher
I believe the education I received at Bethel prepared me for my role as a teacher, leader, and for my current role as principal. The education department's theme of servant leadership provided a framework and vision for me in all I do, regardless of my position. It helped create the understanding that education is not about me, but about the students and families we serve.Nathan Flansburg '97
Current job: Principal, Valentine Hills Elementary, Arden Hills, Minnesota
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
Our alumni attend:
- Bethel University Graduate School
- University of Minnesota
- University of St. Thomas
Our alumni study:
- Content fields
- School administration
- Public policy
- Instructional design
- Special education (ABS, ASD, EBD, and LD)
- Literacy education
- International baccalaureate
- Educational technology