Elementary Education (K-6) Major Requirements

Entry into the Elementary Education (K-6) Major

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

  • Successful completion of 55 credits of general education core courses including EDUC200
  • An application to the education major
  • Verification from academic advisor of a 2.75 GPA in the core education major classes
  • Interview with a committee from the Education Department
  • A positive clinical experience report from EDUC200
  • Scores on the NES 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 the courses noted with an asterisk, as these contain embedded state licensure standards.

The following courses must be passed with a C+ or better PRIOR to taking any other upper level education courses. Note: Enrollment in EDUC310 requires either formal acceptance into one of the elementary or secondary education majors or instructor approval for those outside the majors. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the members of the Education Department.

Professional Education Core Requirements

Note: Enrollment in the professional education core requires formal acceptance into one of the elementary or secondary education majors and the prerequisites EDUC200 and EDUC310. Students must achieve a C+ or better in these courses.

In addition: Current Adult and Child First Aid/CPR/AED certification is needed for student teaching and licensure.


Students in the K-6 Elementary Education may elect to complete an additional licensure endorsement. All endorsement courses must be completed with a C+ grade or higher. In addition to the requirements of the K-6 Elementary Education Program students seeking an additional licensure endorsement, must complete the courses as listed under each endorsement. Students must also complete the MTLE tests in endorsement discipline. Continuing Education: Contact Dr. Carrie Pfeifer for post-baccaluareate program information.

Communication Arts and Literature




Social Studies

Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) Certification Courses

Note: Students seeking Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) certification must pass the required courses with a C+ or better.

Minnesota Licensure Requirements

  • Complete all standards based courses with a "C+" or above.
  • Maintain 2.75 GPA
  • Successfully submit the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)
  • Pass the following tests:
    • NES: 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 Internships
  4. Satisfactory completion of Professional Portfolio

Note: An appeals process is outlined in the Elementary and Secondary Education Handbook. According to Minnesota Statue 122A.09 Subdivision4(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)
  • Social Studies (5-12)
  • Visual Arts (K-12)

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.


Bethany Lutheran College Education Programs are accredited by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB).