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Special Education Major Requirements

Special Education Scope

Bethany’s special education major offers Minnesota state-approved teaching licensure for Special Education K–12. The focus of the special education major is academic behavior specialist.

Entry into the Special 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, EDUC 310, and EDUC 370
  2. An application to the special 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. Interview with the special education major committee
  7. Positive clinical experiences from EDUC 200, 310, and 370

Pre-Major Requirements

A grade of C+ or higher must be obtained in each of these courses as these courses contain embedded licensure standards. 

Special Education Core Requirements

A grade of C+ or higher must be obtained in each of these courses as these courses contain embedded licensure standards.

Academic and Behavioral Strategist Licensure

A grade of C+ or higher must be obtained in each of these courses as these courses contain embedded licensure standards.

Important requirements of all students completing Minnesota Teaching in Special Education licensure at Bethany Lutheran College:

  • Complete all standards based courses with a C+ or above.
  • Maintain 2.75 GPA
  • Pass the following Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams:
    • MTLE: Pedagogy K-6 or 5-12
    • MTLE: Subject matter/content 5-12 mathematics
  • Complete the Human Relations/Diversity components
  • Complete all courses required for Minnesota State Licensure
  • Satisfactory completion of Teaching Internships and Seminar
  • Satisfactory completion of Professional Portfolio
  • Submission of certification of Adult/Infant First Aid/AED/CPR Training

Note: An appeals process is outlined in the Elementary and Secondary Education Handbook. According to Minnesota Statute 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.

Continuing Education: Contact Dr. Carrie Pfeifer for post-baccaluareate program information.

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