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Professional Education

Department of Professional Education
College of Professional Studies
Education Art Building 218-755-3734


Dr. Jack Reynolds (Chair;, Dr. Charles Alberti, Dr. Karenlee Alexander, Dr. David Benson, Dr. Barbara Bridges, Mr. James Brouwer, Ms. Margaret Carlson, Dr. Daniel Gartrell, Dr. Hal Gritzmacher, Dr. Annie Henry, Dr. Johannas Jordan, Dr. David Larkin, Dr. James Mastro, Dr. Catherine McCartney, Dr. Ronald Oldham, Ms. Judy Olson, Dr. Carole Reesink, Dr. Patricia Rogers, Dr. Dale Sakrison, Dr. Tim Sauer, Dr. Kathryn Smith, Ms. Kathleen Sonsteng, Dr. Jean Strait

Curriculum Area Faculty: English, Dr. Mark Christensen; Health, Dr. Karl Salscheider; Industrial Technology, Dr. James McCracken; Mathematics, Dr. Glen Richgels; Modern Languages, Dr. Kathleen Meyer; Music, Dr. Janice Haworth; Physical Education, Ms. Donna Palivec; Science, Dr. John Truedson; Social Studies, Dr. Patrick Donnay; Visual Arts, Ms. Mary Ann Papanek-Miller

Areas of Study

General Entry and Exit Requirements for All Education Majors

The teacher is a reflective professional who nurtures the potential of individuals through a knowledge of child and adolescent development and who addresses the diversity of student needs in a multicultural society. The teacher has the ability to mesh effectively the methodologies, theories, concepts, and principles upon which the art and science of education are built. Working from a pedagogical and academic knowledge base, the teacher integrates these elements into effective teaching to promote growth in cognitive and affective learning. In addition, the teacher, as a life-long learner, keeps abreast of current trends and research while working with colleagues, administrators, other professionals, and parents to enhance the educational process now and in the future. The model that forms the basis for the programs is fully described in the department's Handbook for Education Majors.


See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation.

Recommended High School Courses
Human Development
Oral and Written Communication
Computer Use
Recommended Liberal Education Courses
Introductory Psychology
A Speech Course
Ojibwe/American Indian Culture and History
Music Fundamentals (Elementary Education)

Second Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisor the option of a second major or minor that might strengthen or complement their major.

Career Directions

Adult Educator
Community Education Coordinator
Curriculum Developer
Early Childhood Center Director
Education Specialist
Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, Secondary Teacher
Training Manager
Youth Program Director
Also: Graduate Study

Credit Requirement

Transfer Students: At least one-third of the credits to be included in the major must be successfully completed at Bemidji State University.

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