Teaching License

At Bethel, we send out educators who are passionate about what they do and ready to jump into a meaningful career serving today’s students.

We keep classes small—maximum of 22 students—so that each student in our program has the space to develop both professionally and personally. Another advantage of small class sizes: schedules can flex to meet the needs of working professionals, without compromising standards for licensure or for the classroom.

Who is the teaching license for?

This license is for anyone who wants to be a licensed teacher. Take a look at the license areas available through the program:

  • Business (5-12)
  • Math (5-12)
  • Communication Arts (5-12)
  • Science (5-12)
  • Social Studies (5-12)
  • Art (K-12)
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (K-12)
  • World Languages and Cultures (Spanish and/or French) (K-12)

How is the program structured?

The teaching license program is offered through a cohort model where students move through their courses with the same group of peers. Most classes meet on Bethel’s main campus in the evenings or on weekends to accommodate working adults. The program also includes a few online courses.

Program options:

  • Master’s track: Earn your teaching license as part of the M.A. in Teaching program.
  • Licensure-only track: Earn only the teaching license (typically 14-17 months).

We offer 2 start dates each year in May and September. Course schedules vary depending on your start date. Take a look at the sample schedule to get a feel for the program structure:

Year 1 Courses
September-November Introduction to Theories & Practices of Teaching (EDUC624)
  Field Experience (EDUC661)
  General Teaching Methods for 5-12 Classroom (EDUC630)
November-January Methods course for chosen content area (see content areas listed above)
February-May Understanding Diversity and Student Needs (EDUC663)
  Foundations of Education 5-12 Schools (EDUC621)
  Educational Research (EDUC614)
  Teaching Content Area Literacy (EDUC665)
June-August No classes
Year 2 Courses
September-January Student Teaching (EDUC770)
  Student Teaching Seminar (EDUC750)
  Portfolio Seminar (EDUC638)
  Intensive Training for Integrating Spec Ed and ELL Learners (EDUC766)
February Complete all licensure paperwork
  Preparing the Thesis/Action Research (EDUC755) (Master’s track only)
Year 3 Courses
September-January Writing the Thesis/Action Research Project (EDUC790) (Master’s track only)

How is the license awarded?

Bethel recommends students for licensure, which is awarded by the Minnesota Department of Education after the completion all Bethel requirements, plus:

  • Minnesota Teaching Licensure Exam  (MLTE)
  • Application
  • Portfolio