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.
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.
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.
- 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