Majors & Minors

Education is a great major on its own, or you can add another major to it like science, math, foreign language, business, music, or art. If you combine majors, it may take you an additional semester to complete student teaching. We can help you with logistics, and your career options will be enriched.

Bethel's education department gives you the opportunity to be licensed for teaching in a number of fields and grade levels.

Majors and License Areas

  • Elementary Education K-6
  • Elementary Education with Preprimary (age 3 - grade 6)
  • Elementary Education with Middle Level (grades 5-8):
    • Communication Arts and Literature
    • French
    • German
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Spanish
  • Education 5-12:
    • Business (not available to students entering Bethel after the 2011-2012 academic year)
    • Communication Arts and Literature
    • Health
    • Mathematics
    • Science (chemistry, life science, or physics)
    • Social Studies
  • Education K-12:
    • Art
    • French
    • Music (instrumental and vocal)
    • Physical Education
      • Developmental and Adapted Physical Education (DAPE)
    • Spanish
    • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Classroom Experience

At Bethel, you get early exposure to your profession with “clinical” or “practicum” work. Even before you student teach, you will gain 150–300 hours of real-world experience in local schools. You’ll practice planning, delivering, and assessing instruction that relates to your choice of specialty. And, to stretch you, expect work with a variety of students and settings, including those with special needs and in communities ethnically and socio-economically different from your own background.

Becoming a Licensed Teacher

Teacher candidates must demonstrate competency in the basic skills areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. They must also be competent in teaching skills (pedagogy) and content knowledge, as demonstrated on standardized exams. These results are reported to the Minnesota Board of Teaching, which in turn reports to the federal Secretary of Education under Title II of the Higher Education Act, an annual reporting requirement.

How do our students perform on these tests? In the most recent report (for 2007-2008), 97% of Bethel graduates passed basic skills and a 98% passed pedagogy and content exams. This rate places our program in the top 25% of all college education programs in Minnesota.


Bethel’s education program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. This means we have met standards set by the State of Minnesota through a rigorous review process.

Being accredited and recognized allows our graduates to apply for a teaching license in Minnesota and apply it to licensure elsewhere in the United States.