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Non-Degree/Licensure Students

Graduate Special Student

Though not actually a member of a degree or certificate program, the Graduate Special Student may pursue graduate course work without a planned objective, but with the goal of personal and/or professional enrichment. In order to be approved to this status, students must submit a Graduate Special Student Application along with a $20 application fee and must have an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S.

A Graduate Special Student who subsequently is admitted for the purpose of pursuing a master's degree may be permitted to apply a maximum of ten (10) credits of graduate course work toward degree requirements.

Graduate Special Student status permits students to take courses for an indefinite period of time, provided that a 3.0 ("B") grade point average (GPA) is maintained. If the GPA falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on probation and permitted two (2) additional semester registrations. If a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 is not achieved upon completion of these two (2) semesters of course work, the student will be dismissed from the graduate program. A Graduate Special Student may appeal by contacting the Director of the School of Graduate Studies. Students who have been dismissed because of a low GPA may continue study only on an audit basis.

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Licensure Programs

The State of Minnesota grants licenses to students who complete requirements set forth by various state agencies. Students may pursue a licensure emphasis in conjunction with some master's degree programs. Completion of a master's degree program and all licensure requirements may result in the granting of a degree and the recommendation for licensure to the State of Minnesota.

All transfer course work and substitutions to be used in fulfilling licensure requirements must have the approval of the program director, the department chair, and the BSU Advising Coordinator. Transcripts listing transfer courses must be on file in the Records Office.

Courses used to satisfy licensure requirements must be completed for a letter grade. The recommendation to endorse is made by the BSU Advising Coordinator to the State of Minnesota Department of Education, Teacher Licensure Section. Students seeking licensure programs should submit a Graduate Special Student application, official transcripts from their undergraduate institution (except for graduates from a MnSCU institution), and a $20 application fee.

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Collaborative Programs

FasTrack PostBac Students

The FasTrack PostBac Secondary Initiative provides an alternative pathway to licensure by meeting the Minnesota Board of Teaching Standards of Effective Practice requirements. For additional information, students should visit the FasTrack website

Students seeking to achieve licensure through the FasTrack PostBac program should submit a Graduate Special Student Application, official transcripts from their undergraduate institution (unless your undergraduate degree is from a MnSCU institution), and a $20 application fee.

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