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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


Finding a Mentor

One of the great aspects of the DLiTE program is the use of a Teacher Mentor Support System for our student teachers. Each student is required to choose a K-6 Teacher Mentor currently teaching in a public school with at least three years experience to support them throughout their DLiTE learning experience. 

The mentor teacher with whom you will work must be licensed in the area in which you are seeking licensure, and for the DLiTE Program your mentor needs to be licensed K-6.  The mentor's license number will be required on the Mentor Application.


In the DLiTE Program you will experience a modified internship by working with a self-selected teacher mentor throughout the program.

One of the requirements to begin the program is you must find a practicing mentor who is currently teaching in your field of study BEFORE you are fully admitted to the DLiTE Program.  View the Teacher Mentor Responsibilities and print a copy to give to your mentor.

Your mentor will receive $100 stipend per semester.  The time commitment will be 3-5 hours per month.  (Your Mentor must have a 5-year continuing education license with at least 3 years of fulltime teaching experience). The mentor is the most powerful aspect of our DLiTE Program design. Choose your mentor carefully. 

We have detailed the mentor information below to help you learn everything there is to know about the Teacher Mentor piece of the DLiTE Program.  Be sure to view the tutorial and pass along to your teacher mentor.


1.  Please take a moment to download and listen to the mentoring module.

This tutorial will give you information on what it means to be a mentor for both of our online programs,  Fastrack Post Bac Secondary Initiative and DLiTE Elementary Education Program. 

2.  A completed and signed Mentor Application is required for each student in our programs. This is the application form.  Please download this form, complete in full, sign, and obtain the signature from your principal.  Then scan and email (preferred) to the DLiTE Program at this address:

3.  Mentors are paid a $100 stipend each semester for each student they mentor.  This is the stipend form each mentor needs to complete and submit to receive their stipend each semester.  The form needs to be completed in FULL with ALL highlighted areas complete or they will not be able to pay you.  Then sign, date, and send the 1st of December and the 1st of May each year directly to:  (cannot be faxed or emailed, must be mailed for signature)

Bemidji State University,  Attn:  Angela Downey

FasTrack and DLiTE Mentor Expense Form

1500 Birchmont Dr. NE, Deputy Hall #4

Bemidji, MN 56601

(Failure to provide all information in the highlighted areas will cause delay and/or non-payment of stipend.  We do not back-pay stipends.)

4.  There will be times we need to contact you, please click this link to answer five quick questions to help us help you! 

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5.  So that we can help serve our mentors and provide the needed tools, we ask that you complete this short survey.

Thank you for mentoring our students, YOU make all the difference!!

Check out this inspiring video on why mentoring can be powerful!

Thinking of becoming a mentor?

We are looking for teacher mentor and principal teams to give the student support during the semester. The principal will have no responsibilities other than to sign the application and participate in one short interview during their Practicum.  Both the mentor and the principal will be considered part of our team.

The Teacher Mentor Responsibilities are:

  • Occasionally administer tests to student.

  • Give us feedback with concerns or accomplishments of student's progress or questions about the program through participation in discussions via facebook.  An email to will always get to the right person for your questions or concerns apart from the open discussions.

  • Provide, or assist in locating, observation and practicum venues for pre-service teacher candidate to practice teach. This might be in the Mentor's classroom or another classroom in the community. You do not arrange, you only suggest.  The hours of observations are usually 20 hours the first semester and 8-15 hours thereafter.  Student teaching is done in the student's final semester and we will assign the school and teacher supervisor.
  • Act as a coach and mentor as needed, answering questions posed by the student regarding experiences with certain key elements of successful pedagogy such as how to motivate students, differentiating instruction, and the school's testing results.

  • Your estimated commitment per semester, after the first semester, will vary between 3-5 hours per month.  Teacher Mentors will be paid $100 stipend per semester, per student, and can earn graduate credits or CEU's as requested.

Mentor Resources

Mentors give us feedback with concerns or accomplishments of student's progress or questions about the program through participation in discussions via facebook.  View our Facebook Site to learn more about us and how you will participate int he discussions!  

Mentors receive a stipend each semester for mentoring our DLiTE and FasTrack Students upon completing the Mentor Responsibilites.  Print this stipend form and mail the completed and signed form directly to:  Angela Downey, Bemidji State University, Center for Extended Learning - Mentor Stipend - Deputy Hall #4, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE, Bemidji, MN  56601  

For other mentor questions and who to contact, please print our PEDL Mentor Problem Solvers.