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Elementary Education (K-6)

The Elementary Education major at Bemidji State University leads to a Bachelor's of Science Degree and teacher licensure. Graduates are qualified to teach grades K-6. 

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements to the Professional Education program include the following:

Students must apply for entry into Professional Education through the Clinical Experiences Office BE 326.

Course Work

Students are advised to complete all liberal education courses during their freshman and sophomore years. Graduation within four years will require close adherence to a specific program of study. Recommended liberal education courses include introductory psychology, music principles, and speech.

Students should see their advisors for assistance with planning coursework. Please note that some courses have prerequisites. The Program of Study for K-6 Elementary Education document has additional information. 

Endorsement Areas

Optional endorsements are available depending on the endorsement area selected, from preprimary to 6th grade (Preprimary endorsement) or from kindergarten to 8th grade (Middle Level endorsements).  For more information, consult the Bemidji State University Undergraduate Catalog or contact the Professional Education Department.

Licensure Exams

Completing the content area exams and pedagogy exams in teaching methodology are now required for licensure in Minnesota. These exams are usually taken upon completion or near completion of all coursework and student teaching.

For more information on the Elementary Education major, consult the Bemidji State University Undergraduate Catalog or contact the Professional Education Department. 


Distributed Learning in Teacher Education (DLiTE)

The DLiTE program is an online elementary education teacher licensure program, cohort-based, 6-semester course of study that culminates in a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. This program was developed as a comprehensive, blended-technologies elementary education program for rural and urban students who, for various reasons, cannot attend a campus-based teacher education program. This program meets all the Minnesota Board of Teaching requirements.

For more information concerning the DLiTE program, visit the DLiTE website or contact the DLiTE program office (800-723-3567).