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DLiTE Program
Bemidji State University
ARCC - Coon Rapids Campus
11200 Mississippi Blvd. NW #H-137
Coon Rapids, MN  55433

Phone: (800) 723-3567
Direct: (763) 433-1484
Fax: (763) 433- 1485

Apply NOW for Spring 2015!  Begins January 2015

Attend one of our Online Information Sessions!   Ready to Apply?  Watch this helpful tutorial!

Admission to the DLiTE program is as follows:

  • Fulfill Prerequisites - completed AA degree, MnTC, BS, BA or more (from a regionally accredited institution)
  • Meet or exceed minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Submit official transcripts from all schools attended
  • MTLE (Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations) Basic Skills Test must be taken prior to starting the program.  Visit our main licensure exam sight for more details here
  • Submit Application Materials (click 'Getting Started' tab and follow steps)
  • Submit signed Teacher Mentor Application (click on 'Mentor' tab for details)

If English is not your native language, you must submit an official copy of your TOEFL scores.  This must be sent directly to Bemidji State from ETS. Minimum score of 500 (173 on Computer-Based Test, 61 on the Internet-Based Test) is required for undergraduates and 550 (213 on Computer Based Test, 80 on the Internet-Based Test) for graduate students. You may find a worldwide test availability list that indicates, by city, dates when seats are available for both the TOEFL® iBT and paper-based test by clicking HERE.  TOEFL test code for Bemidji State University: 6676.

Endorsement Areas

* Students who enrolled prior to August 2010 may be subject to different licensure requirements. Please see your advisor for further information on your program of study.

The Minnesota Board of Teaching has passed state licensure changes for students who began their programs after August 2010. The new license option in DLITE will be a K-6 license. There is also an option for an endorsement in middle level (5-8) math, communication arts, or social studies. The middle level endorsement will require more courses than were required by the previous (5-8) specialty areas--increasing competence in the areas of literacy and technology. 

Most of these classes can be taken either before or during the program, and many are available during the summer.  These courses are offered in a variety of formats including online, hybrid-online, face to face, and guided self-directed.  Endorsement courses may be taken through BSU or approved courses can be completed at one of our community college partners.  

Endorsement Options:

  • Communication Arts and Literature
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Math (Face to Face format only)

Requirements (requires approval by Bemidji State University at this time): See Program of Study

All 5-8 endorsements require

  • ED 4737 Content Area Reading (3 credits)
  • ED 3417/5417 Teaching and Learning in the Middle School (3 credits)
  • ED 4830 Student Teaching – 5 weeks of student teaching in grades 5-8 (1-5 credits depending on prior experiences)

The Communication Arts and Literature  endorsement courses include the following.  Please note that they  must be taught by a faculty with at least a Master's Degree in Education.  (Currently this endorsement area is under review due to the new licensure changes)


  • ED 3208 Developmental Reading in the Middle School (3 semester credits)
  • ENGL 3540 Literature for Young Adults (3 semester credits)
  • ED 4737 Content Area Reading (3 semester credits)

SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING (or a transfer equivalent):

  • ENGL 2410 Mythology, Legends, and Folktales (3 semester credits)
  • ENGL 3580 The English Language (3 semester credits)

The Social Studies endorsement area courses include the following. Please note that they must be taught by faculty with at least a Masters Degree in Social Studies.


  • ECON 2000 Markets and Resource Allocation (3 credits)
  • GEOG 2100 Introduction to Physical Geography (3 credits)
  • GEOG 2200 Introduction to Human Geography (3 credits)
  • HST 1115 United States History II, since 1877(3 credits)
  • HST 2610 Minnesota History (3 credits)
  • POL 1200 Introduction to American Politics (3 credits)

The Science endorsement area courses include the following.  Please note they must be taught by faculty with at least a Masters Degree in Science.


  • BIOL 1211 Introductory Biology I (4 credits) - OR - BIOL 1110 Human Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 1212 Introductory Biology II (4 credits)- OR - BIOL 1120 Gen Biol/Evol & Ecology (3 credits)
  • CHEM 2211 Principles of Chemistry I (4 credits)- OR - CHEM 1111 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 2212 Principles of Chemistry II (4 credits)- OR -CHEM 1112 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • SCI 3450 Science Methods For Grades 5-8 (4 credits)- OR -ED 3410 Middle Schl Science Methods (4 credits)
  • SCI 3100 Integrative Science For Teachers (4 credits)
  • GEOL 1110 Physical Geology (4 credits)



  • MATH 3064 Number Concepts for Middle School Teachers (4 credits)
  • MATH 3065 Mathematical Foundations for Middle School Teachers (4 credits)
  • MATH 3066 Geometry and Technology in the Middle School Mathematics Classroom(4 credits) (has prerequisites) 
  • MATH 3067 Data Investigations, Probability, and Statistics for Teachers; description and prereq. changes (4 credits)
  • For more information, contact Glen Richgels.