The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with Preprimary Endorsement (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.
Bethel's nationally-renowned elementary education program is ranked number one in the Midwest by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). Our program is as rigorous as it is supportive, and boasts a diverse student population and exceptional job placement rates after graduation. By completing your study of preprimary education within our elementary education major, you'll experience the best of both worlds—an individualized endorsement which will open up your career opportunities to work with children ages three through Kindergarten while equipping you with a comprehensive and academically rigorous elementary education degree that will allow you to work with students up to grade six.
What can I do with this degree?
Our alumni have found post-graduate success working in:
- 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
- An understanding of the legal and ethical issues related to education
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
Participate in professional development days
Prior to your first semester of student teaching, you’ll attend a three-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.”
Learn in Bethel's cutting-edge 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.
Do a 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.
Earn a 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.
Enjoy departmental support
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,” “How do you talk about difficult subjects in your classroom?” 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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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