As part of a Christian learning community at Bethel University,
the Education Department seeks to prepare educators for service
in public and private schools who are caring, competent and qualified and who:
Bethel's Education Department provides programs that offer students the opportunity to attain licensure for teaching early childhood education (birth - age 8), elementary education with a preprimary specialty (age 3 - grade 6), elementary education with a middle level specialty (K - 8), education for grades 5 - 12, and education for grades K - 12. The college is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching, having met the standards set by the State of Minnesota through a rigorous review process. In addition, our teacher candidates must demonstrate competency in Pre-Professional Skill areas of reading, writing, and mathematics before graduation from the program. These results are reported to the Minnesota Board of Teaching, which in turn reports to the United States Secretary of Education under Title II of the Higher Education Act, an annual reporting requirement. The most recent reporting was for students who completed the program during the 2007-2008 school year. Our education program had a 97% (Praxis I) and 98% (Praxis II) pass rate, placing Bethel's program in the first quartile of all college education programs in the State of Minnesota. A complete report of this information is available from the Department of Education upon request.