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Students may review current or previous announcements on this page.  If students have additional questions, they may contact the Professional Education department.

SPED (Christina E Janda) Scholarship Deadline EXTENDED until Feb. 25th


Undergraduate Education Scholarship Applications Available

Please see Teresa LaFriniere in the main Education Office. Completed applications are due February 18, 2014.

Special Education Graduate Scholarship Forms Available

Forms for the Special Education Graduate Scholarships are now available. Completed applications are due February 18, 2014.

Information form

Application (Word Version) or Application (PDF Version)

MTLE Policy Change, October 22, 2013

Students entering Professional Education are required to take all parts of the MTLE Basic Skills Test in order to register for Education Courses.

Students are not required to pass the MTLE Basic Skills Tests in order to complete their Education degree. The Minnesota Department of Education requires passing scores on all sections of the MTLE Basic Skills, Pedagogy and Content Area Tests before they will issue full-time teaching licenses.

Professional Education will be sending out a letter (in the next two weeks) to students who are not currently enrolled in Education courses as a result of the previous policy. This letter will allow the department to gather information to help prepare for the influx of students. 

Please contact Aspen Easterling, Advising Coordinator, with any questions regarding this policy change.

 Adaptive Physical Education: Program Suspended

As of January 1, 2013 new students will not be accepted into this program. candidates enrolled 7 years in DAPE before January 1, 2013, may be recommended for licensure upon completion of the program. Individuals who have declared DAPE and are in this group will be notified by email and letter within the next few weeks.

Bensen Hall Dedication

On Friday, Sept 28, Bemidji State’s Education-Arts Building received a new name.

The building, built in 1950 and renovated in 1986, has been renamed Bensen Hall in a ceremony on Friday, Sept. 28, in honor of former president M. James “Jim” Bensen. Bensen was BSU’s eighth president from 1994-2001 and is the only BSU alumnus to serve as president.

During Bensen’s tenure, BSU received national reaccreditation effort by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education and was integrated into the MnSCU system. The A.C. Clark Library was renovated and remodeled and funding for construction of the American Indian Resource Center was secured during his term as president, as well.

Middle Level Math Endorsement Approved (July 30, 2012)

The Minnesota Board of Teaching has granted continuing approval for Bemidji State University to offer teacher licensure for program 8710.3320 Middle Level Math Endorsement for grades 5-8.

Professional Education Has Altered Its Website (Posted 2/21/12)

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Professional Education has updated its website to provide a more user-friendly format.  We realize that change often requires an adjustment in thinking.  We encourage you to familiarize yourself with this new format and give us feedback concerning any of the improvements.

New Basic Skills Test Requirements for Undergraduate Students (Posted 2011)

Students entering the Professional Education program will be required to take all parts of the basic skills test (Pre-Professional Skills Test/Praxis I or MTLE) prior to registration for any Education course.  Documentation that the student took the basic skills test must be provided for verification.  Acceptable documentation includes score reports, testing center verification, or scores entered in the student information system. 

Students entering the Professional Education program will be required to have passing scores on the basic skills tests at the end of their second semester in their education program.  If the student does not have passing scores at the end of the second semester, the student will not be allowed to proceed further with education courses until passing scores are documented.

Students must have passing scores on the basic skills test to register for student teaching.

BSU Involved in Preparing Teachers for B/VI Certification (Posted 2011)

Five Minnesota universities (Bethel, Bemidji, Duluth, Moorhead and St. Cloud) collaborate to provide a graduate level license preparation program to prepare teachers of Minnesota students who are blind or visually impaired. This program was launched in 2003 and is currently preparing its third cohort of students. We also maintain a list of persons interested in Cohort IV, which probably will begin coursework in spring semester 2011.

The Minnesota Collaborative Preparation Program for Teachers of the Blind or Visually Impaired has a webpage on the Metro ECSU website. This is the link to the BVI teacher preparation webpage: This page includes basic information about the program.