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How to Become a Teacher

To become a teacher, you’ll need to do more than complete the requirements for a B.A. in Education at Bethel. You’ll also have to obtain a teaching license. To do so, you’ll need to demonstrate that you are competent in the basic skills areas of reading, writing, and mathematics; teaching abilities; and the content area of your choice. You’ll demonstrate these skills by passing standardized exams.

The Minnesota Board of Teaching receives the results of these tests, along with the federal Secretary of Education under Title II of the Higher Education Act.

We recommend the website for students in process to becoming a teacher, including scholarships, career development skills, and licensing information. 

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).

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