Discover new possibilities as an educator

This unique degree is designed to help working teachers go further in their careers.

Bethel University’s online Master of Education features three unique cognates (specialized areas of study designed for accelerated learning) for licensed teachers wishing to advance their careers. The M.Ed. Generalist cognate enables you to design your course of study around a theme or particular area of interest, allowing you to receive a well-rounded education that proves widely applicable to any number of educational leadership careers.

Because Bethel’s online master’s in education degree is customizable, you’ll be able to tailor courses to fit your unique interests. We offer instruction in relevant topics like curriculum development, school and community relations, educational research, English language learning, ethics of the profession, and many more.

Bethel is committed to ensuring that your education is a flexible one. Because the master’s in education degree is fully online, you’ll be able to attend class on a schedule that works for you. We also offer six start dates per year, and all courses in an accelerated seven-week format.

Seasoned professionals, our faculty provides you with the expertise and mentorship you need to grow as both a student and a person. Upon graduation, you’ll have gained the networking opportunities you need to take the next step in your education career.

* Transfer graduate-level credit must be petitioned with department for approval.


Bethel University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 06/30/2024
Credit Hours: 36
Cost/Credit: 460
Transfer Credits: Up to 9*
Est. Completion Time: 1-2 Years
Accreditation: NCATE/CAEP

Course Requirements

Bethel’s online M.Ed. Generalist degree prepares students to become educational leaders through a comprehensive, customizable curriculum. The program consists of 36 credit hours. Candidates design a purposeful concentration of courses selected from other cognate areas and elective offerings.

  • Required Education Courses (18 Credits)

    • EDUC 500: Introduction to Professional Development & Leadership (1)
    • EDUC 521: Curriculum Development & School Improvement (3)
    • EDUC 531: Effective Instruction & Assessment (3)
    • EDUC 535: Mentoring & Supervision of Instruction (3)
    • EDUC 541: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners (3)
    • EDUC 555: Educational Research (3)
    • EDUC 690: Professional Development & Leadership (Capstone) (2)
  • Generalist (18 Credits)

    Students must complete 18 credits from courses available in Bethel’s graduate education department

Program consists of:


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Admission Requirements

Candidates for Bethel’s online M.Ed. Generalist degree will need to submit the following:
  • Online graduate application
  • Regionally accredited transcripts with GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A 300-word (or more) autobiography, including information about the candidate’s recent work in education, reason for seeking entry into the program, and significant events in his or her career. Candidates should define their character in terms of basic values, commitment to graduate studies, their philosophy, and their worldview.
  • An updated resumé
  • Two letters of recommendation. Forms are sent electronically for candidates to share.
  • A current, valid teaching license.**

Candidates must also schedule an interview prior to admission.

** If a candidate’s license is expired, he or she may renew during the course of study.

Tuition and Fees

Bethel has long been touted for its value. We were ranked No. 2 on Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck-Midwest list, listed as one of the 50 Best Value Christian Colleges, and have made it to the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Regional Universities-Midwest” list for fifteen consecutive years.

*Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. Depending on transfer credits, the number of semesters required for completion will affect total cost.

*Transferring any graduate-level credits must be petitioned with the department for approval.

Payment Plan

Bethel University has a monthly installment plan available through Nelnet Campus Commerce. Enrollment can be completed online by accessing the student billing link through MyBethel or by calling 800.609.8056. Students will be charged an enrollment fee of $40.

Total cost with max. transfer credits:


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Financial Aid

Bethel University is committed to ensuring that all our students receive an affordable education.
We offer financial aid based on need, and military benefits and are proud to offer extraordinarily competitive tuition rates.
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Bethel is committed to helping you make the most of your previous educational experiences. Visit our Transfer Credits page to learn more.
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Career Outcomes

At Bethel, the online M.Ed. Generalist degree provides graduates with a host of possible career options, some of which may include Corporate Trainer, Curriculum Director, and Education/Training Consultant. Career information taken from

  • Corporate Trainer

    Corporate trainers use their educational background to mentor and professionally train employees within companies and organizations. They may be responsible for developing and delivering trainings, collecting and analyzing metrics regarding their work, creating or assembling training materials, collaborating with human resources managers, and other related duties. These individuals earn a median annual salary of $54,631.

  • Curriculum Director

    Curriculum directors collaborate with schools to create educational guidelines that mandate how teachers do their work. They may be responsible for designing, implementing, and evaluating curricula, recruiting and evaluating staff members, creating long-term strategic goals, serving in consultant roles, and a host of other duties. These professionals earn a median annual salary of $72,708.

  • Education/Training Consultant

    Education and training consultants work with community colleges and technical institutions to create instructional programs that train individuals in vocational skills. They may be responsible for providing educational expertise to clients, evaluating organizational needs, coordinating schedules, providing ongoing training support, and a variety of other duties. These individuals earn a median annual salary of $63,704.

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