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B.S. - Secondary Education

The Secondary Education major at Bemidji State University leads to a bachelor's degree and teacher licensure in a variety of subject areas. Graduates are qualified to teach grades five through twelve or grades kindergarten through twelve, depending on the program of study.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements to the Professional Education program include the following:

Students must apply for entry into Professional Education through the Department of Professional Education Main Office BE 339.

Course Work

Credits for the secondary education majors vary depending on the subject area selected. Students are advised to complete all liberal education courses during their freshman and sophomore years. Recommended liberal education courses vary depending on the subject area selected.

Students should see their advisor for assistance with planning coursework. Please note that some courses have prerequisites. Also note that some courses are not offered every semester. 

Areas of Study

Requirements for the secondary major areas of study listed below can be found in the BSU Undergraduate Catalog.

Licensure Exams

Completing the content area tests and pedagogy test in teaching methodology are now required for licensure in Minnesota. The tests are taken following the completion or near completion of all coursework and student teaching.

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


FasTrack Secondary Education Initiative

Bemidji State University now offers an online program through Extended Learning to assist those individuals holding a non-teaching bachelor's degree, wishing to teach at the secondary level, and willing to submit a portfolio to the Minnesota Department of Education for the purpose of licensure. Teachers working outside their area of licensure can also add other licensed areas by participating in this program. This program meets all the Minnesota Board of Teaching requirements.

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