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The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education K-6 is designed for students who want to teach in elementary schools. Coursework provides opportunities to get in the classroom and do the work teachers do, while having time to reflect on your progress as an aspiring teacher.

Why should I study elementary education?

Our graduates tell us that it’s the compassion and knowledge of our faculty that really make the difference. Our faculty are always seeking new methods and content in their teaching to keep courses fresh and innovative.

While here at Bethel, you will be immersed in a Christian environment that provides you with a unique blend of rigorous, thought-provoking coursework; multiple hands-on, in-school learning opportunities; and strong mentoring relationships with our education faculty.

What can I do with this degree?

While most of our graduates earn a teaching license and become successful teachers locally, nationally and around the world (we have recent alums teaching in places like Kazakhstan, China, Honduras, and the Philippines), many find that a degree in education affords flexibility in their career path. Our graduates have gone on to also become:

  • Curriculum writers
  • Instructional designers / developers
  • Educators in museums, parks, and even Disney World
  • Curriculum coordinators at the school and district levels
  • Training specialists in education, business, marketing, and more
  • Educational consultants
  • Public policy coordinators or analysts
  • Administration or directors in educational non-profit organizations
  • Managers of public or in-home daycares and preschools
  • Life coaches
  • Youth leaders

Many more find growing achievements in coming back to Bethel for further certification, licensure, or Master’s Degree in:

What skills will I develop?

You are more than a future teacher to us. We will learn and grow together and equip you with skills that impact you for life after Bethel and instill the desire for lifelong learning:

  • Education and training methods - the knowledge of principles, curriculum, methods and training design for instructing small and large groups in the 21st century along with the means to measure and evaluate your techniques
  • Developmental and educational psychology - the understanding of psychological foundations of human development and performance coupled with the individual differences in ability, personality, interests, learning styles and motivation as they all relate to instructing and working with others
  • Customer and personal service - the principles and practice of providing customer and personal service including assessing individual needs and evaluating satisfaction
  • Content knowledge - the building of deeper knowledge in a wide array of areas including language arts, math, social studies, science, and health
  • Diversity and culture - the awareness and sensitivities to understanding our global culture and how to serve as an active model of reconciliation, following the teachings of our Christian faith
  • Professional skills - the practice and application of effective skills in written, verbal and nonverbal communication, presentation, research, organization, evaluation, creative problem solving and process improvement
  • Policy and action - the researching and learning of legal and ethical issues related to education and the evaluation of the possible impact of education offerings on diverse populations

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Our elementary education program is built solidly on preparation.

Professional Development Days

Prior to your first semester of student teaching, you’ll attend a 3-day, senior-level event led by a team of Bethel faculty. These workshops focus on critical issues in lesson planning, assessment, and differentiation. One Bethel student noted, “This made me feel more like an equal educator than a student.”

Cutting-edge Flexible Learning Classrooms

With our expanding number of tech-infused classrooms on campus, we’ll show you how to use technology as a “paintbrush” to create, design, and innovate your teaching. You’ll learn and “play” in our innovative classrooms, expanding your thinking and creativity as a future teacher.

Residency in Student Teaching

You’ll get to spend the whole school year with the same partner class, beginning with workshop training in the fall and your student teaching in the spring. You’ll experience contributing to and witnessing the growth of students over the course of the year and feel more confident in all aspects of the classroom.

STEM Minor

The option to take two additional courses in project-based learning that provides interdisciplinary application and fun, hands-on teaching methods. STEM is a fast-growing, high-demand approach to teaching and learning not only Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, but to understand how to problem-solve, evaluate data and evidence, and create possible solutions.


You’ll have numerous classroom experiences in a range of diverse of settings in our partner schools: metro and urban schools in public, private, charter, immersion, STEM, magnet, and International Baccalaureate (IB) structures.

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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