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Special Education Major

A teacher holding the Academic and Behavioral Strategist license as part of the Special Education Major is authorized to provide evaluation and specially designed instruction to eligible children and youth with disabilities from kindergarten through age 21 who have a range of mild to moderate needs in the areas of academic, behavior, social/emotional, communication, and functional performance.

These students may be eligible for special education services in the primary disability areas of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), developmental cognitive disability (DCD), emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD), other health disorders (OHD), and specific learning disabilities (SLD).

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

Bethany education majors are trained in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program and spend time as an AVID tutor at a variety of grade levels. AVID is a nationally recognized program that provides study skills and college preparation training for students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. AVID students are often the first in their family to graduate from college.

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

Meet the Faculty

These faculty members teach many of the courses required by the Special Education Major. See also the Special Education Department.

Special Education Major Requirements

Please see the Program Requirements Disclaimer when planning your coursework.

Mission Statement

A teacher holding the Academic and Behavioral Strategist license is authorized to provide evaluation and specially designed instruction to eligible children and youth with disabilities from kindergarten through age 21 who have a range of mild to moderate needs in the areas of academic, behavior, social/emotional, communication, and functional performance. These students may be eligible for special education services in the primary disability areas of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), developmental cognitive disability (DCD), emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD), other health disorders (OHD), and specific learning disabilities (SLD).

Program Learning Outcomes

Bethany Lutheran College students majoring in special education will meet the following objectives as they fulfill the requirements for the B.A. degree and Minnesota State Licensure:

  • Master course content that includes curriculum, pedagogy, and proficiencies based on the Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice for Teachers.
  • Demonstrate performance objectives that require effective instructional planning, delivery, and assessment skills for all students.
  • Develop professionalism as evidenced by the candidate’s professional growth in several areas including self-confidence, sensitivity to the learner’s needs and awareness of classroom effectiveness, and awareness of the need for continual growth.
  • Write clearly and coherently, read with comprehension, speak effectively, and listen with care and openness.
  • Use mathematical skills and knowledge of quantitative methods of assessment and evaluation.
  • Use appropriate technologies as tools for problem solving and for finding, analyzing, and communicating information.
  • Think critically and reflectively and draw reasonable, supportable conclusions both individually and in groups.
  • Cultivate physical and psychological health and well-being within oneself and others.
  • Engender the will to pursue continued cultural, intellectual, professional and spiritual growth
  • Integrate an ethical perspective, a sense of moral purpose, and an understanding of the Christian faith.

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 will be Academic Behavior Specialist.

Entry into the 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 EDUC100, EDUC230, 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. A positive clinical experiences from EDUC100, 310, and/or 370.

General Education Requirements

Education 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.

Additional Requirements

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 two Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams: (1) MTLE: Pedagogy K-6 or 5-12; and (2) 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.

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

Next Steps

Do you have a calling to the special education field? We’d love to talk with you! Schedule your personal visit today, or learn more about becoming a Bethany student!