Program Details

The M.A. in Special Education program at Bethel offers convenient schedule options and a variety of degree and licensure tracks—all designed for busy students.

Schedule Options

In our cohort model, you'll register once for your program, take a scheduled sequence of courses, and progress with the same group of professional colleagues, enjoying collaboration and mutual support.

The program is designed for completion in approximately 18-22 months—depending on how many licenses you’re seeking.

We offer 2 convenient schedule options:

  • Traditional, face-to-face cohort model. Students meet on Bethel’s main campus on either Tuesday or Thursday evenings with their cohorts beginning February and June each year. 
  • Online cohort model. The majority of course work is performed online with one or two face-to-face sessions per course. Face-to-face sessions meet Monday evenings at Bethel’s Normandale Place location in Bloomington, MN.

Degree and License Options

Students earning their master’s degree can choose their concentration from three different K-12 license options.

We also offer an option for students to earn only their license without pursuing a master’s degree.

Non-Licensed Candidates

Applicants without a current Minnesota teaching license must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree
  • Complete required prerequisite coursework. Talk you your admissions advisor to learn how past experience and coursework might transfer.

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Norm-Referenced Assessment
  • Responsive Instruction, Intervention, and Assessment
  • Foundations of Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild-Moderate Disabilities
  • Special Education: Planning and Programming
  • Consultation, Collaboration, and Resources
  • Classroom-Based Assessment