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Preprimary (age 3 to grade 6) Major

The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with Preprimary (age 3 to grade 6) is designed for students who want to teach in preschools or 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. You can also choose an Early Childhood Education endorsement with this major which licenses you from birth to grade 6.

Why should I study elementary education with preprimary endorsement?

Research has shown that learning begins from the moment a child is born. Policy makers are responding to this by creating opportunities for very young children prior to kindergarten. Many school districts in Minnesota offer pre-K programs to prepare students for success in Kindergarten. These positions are staffed by teachers holding the elementary education with preprimary endorsement or the early childhood license.

What can I do with this degree?

  • Pre-K programs in public schools, as well as K-6
  • Public and private early 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 components

What skills will I develop?

  • How to support the whole child – physical, social, emotional, cognitive
  • Creating and delivering high quality, evidence-based curriculum
  • 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 co-workers, parents, and child care services
  • Classroom management skills
  • Developmentally-appropriate teaching strategies

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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