The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with Early Childhood Education Licensure (birth to grade 6) is designed for students who want a wide range of professional options upon graduation. Coursework, field experiences, and student teaching provide opportunities to work with infants, toddlers, preschool aged children, students in the elementary grades, and parents.
Why should I study elementary education with early childhood?
Early childhood education is in the national spotlight because of the research that has confirmed critical development takes place in a child’s earliest years. Early childhood education and elementary teachers provide an essential foundation for young children’s current and future learning. Policy makers and funders are responding by creating and funding pre-K programs, thus creating new employment opportunities.
As an elementary education major with early childhood education licensure, you gain all of the benefits of Bethel's nationally-acclaimed elementary education program along with the individualized instruction you need to thrive as an educator licensed to work with children from birth to grade 6. The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) ranks Bethel the top elementary teacher program in the Midwest due to our rigorous structure, diverse student population, and the effectiveness of our teachers upon graduation. You'll have many opportunities work alongside experienced early childhood educators while also having time to reflect on your progress as an aspiring early childhood education professional.
What can I do with this degree?
This degree program prepares you to work with children ages birth through grade 6, offering a wide range of opportunities. Our graduates have found work in:
- Public and private pre-school education and care programs
- Head Start—home-based services or preschool classrooms
- Early childhood family education
- Therapeutic preschool programs for children with special needs
- Social service programs with early childhood programs
What skills will I develop?
- How to support the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive
- Monitoring and assessing a child’s development through program development, lesson planning, formative assessment, and organizational strategies to track child growth
- Develop skills in supporting, coaching, and communicating with coworkers, parents, and child care services
- Creating and delivering high quality, evidence-based curriculum
- Classroom management
- Developmentally-appropriate teaching strategies
- How to cater to individual differences in ability, personality, interests, learning styles, and motivation
- An understanding of the legal and ethical issues related to early childhood education
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
On- and off-campus hands-on learning
Bethel supports two innovative child development centers and partners with public and private child care centers to provide you a wide range of locations and populations that will give you a sense of the profession. You will also have a wide range of field experiences to prepare you to work with diverse populations of students and programs. Broadening your capacity to work with all kinds of children, we pursue Christ’s vision to serve world.
Our department is personally invested in your success. That's why we've organized groups and events to help support you, including:
- Delta student group—organizes events to welcome new students into the department, giving them a chance to interact with upperclassmen.
- Department lecture series—five annual "just for fun" presentations to help students expand their learning. Recent lecture topics included: “Games and Learning,” and “What Schools in Finland Look Like."
- Monthly support groups for alumni—keep our graduates connected to other professionals in their field who can help them network, discuss challenges, and brainstorm innovative new teaching methods.
96% 2014 grads reported being employed as teachers
# 0 in MN for preparing elementary ed teachers- National Council on Teacher Quality
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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
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
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
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