Major in K-6 Elementary Education (B.A.)
EDU200Introduction to Education3
EDU201Introduction to Education Field Experience1
Block 1- Courses in this sequence are taken as a block in the same semester:10
Education Psychology and Pedagogy
Language and Literacy Development for Young Learners (K-3)
Primary Grade Practicum
Education Technology
Kindergarten Education
EDU317GZEducational Equity 13
EDU363Health Curriculum and Methods1
EDU365Physical Education Curriculum and Methods1
EDU366AVisual Arts Curriculum and Methods 11
EDU368AMusic Curriculum and Methods 11
Block 2- Courses in this sequence are taken as a block in the same semester:18
Math Curriculum and Methods
Science Curriculum and Methods
Educational Psychology
Reading/Language Arts Curriculum and Methods
Social Studies Curriculum and Methods: Planning
Integrating Technology in the Content Areas
Intermediate Grade Practicum
EDU490Student Teaching Block 314
MAT201MMathematics for Elementary Education 1 13
MAT202Mathematics for Elementary Education 23
NAS101DScience Concepts -Life Science 22
NAS102DScience Concepts - Earth/Space Science 22
NAS103DScience Concepts -Chemistry 22
NAS104DScience Concepts - Physics 22
Major67
General Education49-50
Electives6-7
Total Credits122-124
1

This course meets a General Education requirement. 

2

In order to meet the General Education Lab Science (D) requirement, students must take two NAS courses.

3

 In order to meet requirements for endorsements and duel-majors this number is subject to change. Students should consult with their advisor. 

Middle Level Endorsements

Elementary Education majors and students with K-12 or 5-12 licensure may choose one or more of the Middle Level Endorsements as an addition to the primary license. Education majors seeking a Middle Level Endorsement must complete all requirements for the Elementary Education K-6 major plus courses in the chosen middle level endorsement as noted below:

Communication Arts and Literature

COM110Basic Communication3
EDU220Introduction to Middle Level Education3
EDU320Pedagogy and the Young Adolescent Learner1
EDU321Integrated Literacy in the Content Areas1
EDU406Methods in Teaching 5-8 English3
EDU407Middle Level Education Practicum in English1
EDU491Student Teaching in Middle Level3
ENL200Juvenile Literature3
Choose From:3-4
Prose Studio 1
Travel Writing
Choose From:4
Survey of British Literature I
Survey of British Literature II
American Literary Traditions
Literature on Location: Major British Authors
Choose From:3-4
Great Writers: An Introduction to Literature
World Literature
Drama in Great Britain
Total Credits28-30

Mathematics

EDU220Introduction to Middle Level Education3
EDU320Pedagogy and the Young Adolescent Learner1
EDU321Integrated Literacy in the Content Areas1
EDU410Methods in Teaching 5-8 Mathematics2
EDU411Mathematics Education Practicum in grades 5-8 or 5-121
EDU491Student Teaching in Middle Level3
MAT124MCalculus 1 14
MAT125Calculus 24
MAT201MMathematics for Elementary Education 1 13
MAT202Mathematics for Elementary Education 23
MAT241Discrete Mathematics3
MAT351Modern Geometry3
MAT207MStatistical Analysis 1, 23
Total Credits34

Science

EDU220Introduction to Middle Level Education3
EDU320Pedagogy and the Young Adolescent Learner1
EDU321Integrated Literacy in the Content Areas1
EDU428Methods in Teaching 5-8 Science2
EDU429Science Education Practicum in Grades 5-8 or 5-121
EDU491Student Teaching in Middle Level3
BIO118
118D
General Biology
and General Biology Lab 1
4
CHE101
101D
Introduction to Chemistry
and Introduction to Chemistry Lab 1
4
GEL168
168D
Geology
and Geology Lab 1, 3
4
NAS101DScience Concepts -Life Science 12
NAS103DScience Concepts -Chemistry 12
NAS104DScience Concepts - Physics 12
PHY102
102D
Concepts in Physics
and Concepts in Physics Lab 1
4
PHY112
112D
Introduction to Astronomy
and Introduction to Astronomy Lab 1, 3
4
Total Credits37

Social Studies

ECO201Principles of Economics4
EDU220Introduction to Middle Level Education3
EDU320Pedagogy and the Young Adolescent Learner1
EDU321Integrated Literacy in the Content Areas1
EDU4195-8 Social Studies Methods and Practicum2
EDU491Student Teaching in Middle Level3
GEO120Introduction to Geography3
GEO/HIS 320KHistory and the Human Environment 13
HIS200LAmerican Civilization 13
POS100American Politics and Government3
SOC101Introduction to Sociology3
Total Credits29

World Languages and Cultures—Spanish

EDU220Introduction to Middle Level Education3
EDU320Pedagogy and the Young Adolescent Learner1
EDU321Integrated Literacy in the Content Areas1
EDU426Methods in Teaching K-12 World Languages and Cultures3
EDU427Middle Level Education Practicum in World Languages and Cultures1
EDU491Student Teaching in Middle Level3
SPA201Intermediate Spanish I3-4
or SPA203 Intensive Intermediate Spanish I in Guatemala
SPA202UZIntermediate Spanish II 14
or SPA204 Intensive Intermediate Spanish II in Guatemala
Select one of the following:3-4
Ibero-American History
Ibero-American History in Guatemala
Ibero-American History in Spain
Select one of the following:4
Hispanic Cultures 1
Hispanic Cultures: Guatemalan Perspectives 1
Historic Spain and its Cultures 1
SPA300Introduction to Hispanic Literature3-4
or SPA305 Readings from Latin America and Spain
One elective from 200 level or above Spanish courses3-4
One elective from 300 level or above in Spanish courses3-4
Total Credits35-40
1

A student may also choose to use this course to meet a General Education requirement.

2

Due to Minnesota teacher licensure requirements, PSY230M may not be substituted for this statistics course.

3

PHY112/PHY112D and GEL168/GEL168D replace NAS102D in the K-6 Elementary Education core for students in science endorsement only, which will decrease the total credits by 2. 

4

Students seeking licensure in the state of Minnesota with an endorsement or major in a world language who are not native speakers of that language are required to demonstrate Intermediate-High level speaking proficiency as defined by the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and tested via the state-required content exam. To achieve this level of proficiency, all students seeking a license or endorsement in a world language are expected to have an extended immersion experience in a country where their language of study is the primary language. Native speakers of Spanish are required to demonstrate advanced level proficiency in English and their native language.

Overview

The Ministry Scholars program is Bethel University's 5-year Bachelor's Degree and Master of Arts in Ministry program that reduces cost and time-to-completion by streamlining undergraduate and graduate education. Graduates receive a Bachelor's degree from Bethel University's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and a Master of Arts in Ministry from Bethel Seminary. This program is well suited for a variety of majors who want to become equipped to lead churches, parachurch organizations, and other ministries. It is also a good fit for ministry-minded students who want to pursue bi-vocational ministry or work outside of professional ministry. Students learn from successful ministry leaders and experts in Biblical and Theological Studies, Spiritual and Personal Formation, and Transformational Leadership. This program offers supplemental training resources, cohort-based activities, and mentorship opportunities to prepare ministry-minded students for effective ministry leadership. Students also gain valuable field experience in local churches and ministry settings.

The objectives of the program are that graduates will demonstrate age-appropriate growth and ultimately ministry leadership preparedness in the following domains:

  1. Spiritual life: Students will grow spiritually, deepening their love for, commitment to, and dependence on God, and develop an instinct to trust in God and to connect intimately with God.
  2. Discernment of call: They will clarify and reaffirm their sense of calling to glorify God, to work in Christ’s church and to serve humanity sacrificially.
  3. Emotional maturity: They will become emotionally mature adults, possessing the ability to sense and manage emotions, to see others’ perspectives, to sympathize and empathize, to follow and lead as appropriate and to foster healthy relationships.
  4. Cultural competence: They will become culturally aware, gaining a perspective that all cultures possess strengths and vulnerabilities, an ability to work across cultural lines and an appreciation that diverse teams are stronger teams.
  5. Bible knowledge: They will gain a clear understanding of the Bible’s content and a deep and abiding passion for the truth of the Gospel.
  6. Spiritual wisdom: They will grow in wisdom, possessing a capacity to apply the Bible so that others are inspired by their teaching and preaching to live out biblical truth and experience human flourishing.
  7. Intellectual virtues: They will develop virtues such as critical thinking, respect for data, intellectual humility, and thirst for learning, combined with the skill to interpret and teach the Bible accurately.
  8. Leadership capacity: They will learn to follow leaders and to lead followers—enlisting people, building teams, leading change and achieving results.
  9. Godly character: They will become virtuous people—individuals who love others, speak truth, live humbly, sacrifice their own interests, live justly, express joy and show compassion.

What is Bethel looking for in a Ministry Scholar?

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA (cumulative college grade point average or unweighted high school GPA if the student has less than one year of college experience), and maintenance of 3.0 minimum GPA throughout the duration of the Ministry Scholars program while enrolled at CAS and Seminary.

  • Able to provide a pastoral or ministry leader reference that speaks to the student’s character and call to ministry.

  • Committed to prioritizing activities and retreats offered for Ministry Scholars, enabling the individual to develop a strong sense of community.

Click here for more information on the Ministry Scholars program at Bethel University