Education Major Requirements

Entry into the Education Major

The liberal arts serve as a foundation on which students build their professional education sequence.

  1. Successful completion of 55 credits of general education core courses including EDUC200
  2. An application to the education major
  3. A one-page autobiographical essay
  4. A transcript that verifies a 2.75 GPA in the core education major classes
  5. A preliminary plan for matriculation through the major
  6. Submission of the portfolio begun in EDUC200 with additional entries from other prerequisite courses as appropriate
  7. Interview with a three-member committee from the education department
  8. A positive clinical experience report from EDUC200
  9. Scores on the MTLE Basic Skills Battery in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics

General Education (Pre-Major) Requirements

A grade of “C+” or higher must be obtained in each of these courses that contains embedded state licensure standards.

The following courses must be taken PRIOR to taking any upper level education courses. A grade of "C+" or higher must be obtained in each of these courses.

Professional Education Core Requirements

Middle School Endorsements

All middle school endorsement courses must be completed with a “C+” grade or higher. The following courses are required for middle school licensure:

Communication Arts and Literature


and a minimum of two of the following:


Social Studies

Lutheran School Certification Courses

Note: Students seeking Lutheran school certification must pass the required courses with a C+ or better. Consult with Education Department Chair regarding course selection.

Minnesota Licensure Requirements

  • Complete all standards based courses with a "C+" or above
  • Maintain 2.75 GPA
  • Successfully complete the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)
  • Pass the following tests:
    • MTLE: Basic Skills Assessments in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics
    • MTLE: Pedagogy K-6
    • MTLE: Subject matter/content K–6
    • MTLE: Middle School Content in endorsement discipline

Important requirements of all students completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education at Bethany Lutheran College:

  1. Complete the Human Relations/Diversity Component
  2. Complete all courses required for Minnesota State Licensure
  3. Satisfactory completion of Teaching Internship(s)
  4. Satisfactory completion of STEEP and Professional Portfolio
  5. Attend the Mahkato Wacipi Pow Wow

Note: An appeals process is outlined in the Elementary and Secondary Education Handbook. According to Minnesota Statue 122A.09 Subdivision 4(c), a candidate who remains unsatisfied with a dispute regarding recommendation for licensure may appeal the decision to the Minnesota Board of Teaching.

Secondary Education Teaching Licensure Scope

Students seeking teaching licensure are required to consult with an academic advisor in both the content area and Education Departments. Bethany’s secondary education teacher preparation program offers Minnesota state-approved teaching licensure in:

  • English (5-12) *See English, State of Minnesota Teaching Licensure in Communication Arts and Literature
  • Social Studies (5-12) *See Broad Field Social Studies, State of Minnesota Teaching Licensure in Social Studies
  • Visual Arts (K-12) *See Studio Art, State of Minnesota Teaching Licensure in Visual Arts

Students major and take required licensure courses in Studio Art, Broad Field Social Studies, or English AND fulfill specified Education major requirements, including all “Entry into the Education Major” requirements as noted above.