Learning Disabilities License (LD)

Bethel’s LD license program prepares educators to serve students with learning disabilities in K-12 settings.

Earning Your LD License

The Learning Disabilities (LD) license is for educators who want to work with students with specific learning disabilities in reading, writing, and math—or any combination of these areas of need.

Our professors have designed the program to provide you with the instruction needed to earn your K-12, LD license through the state of Minnesota.

You can earn a stand-alone, K12, LD license (24-31 credits) or choose to add another special education license to your course load (9-12 credits).

Bethel’s LD program is pending approval with the Minnesota Board of Teaching. Talk with an admissions advisor about program start dates.

Program Delivery

Bethel students have their choice of delivery options:

  • Traditional format - Meets for class 1 night a week
  • Hybrid format – Blends face-to-face sessions with online instruction

We have programs offered on Bethel’s main campus and at our location in Bloomington, MN.

Student Teaching and Field Experience

For all candidates new to special education, the first license requires 10 weeks of student teaching. For all add-on licenses, 7 weeks are required.

All licensure candidates complete 100 hours of classroom experience in assessment, reading, and an inclusive setting before their student teaching assignment. This hands-on learning gives you experience in the special education field before you’re immersed in student teaching.