Online Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) minor/teacher licensure

Bemidji State University is proud to offer an online licensure program in Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) as an option for current Bemidji State University PE majors, and for Minnesota licensed PE teachers looking to add a Minnesota DAPE license.

DAPE as a minor (current PE majors) DAPE as a license add-on (current licensed PE teachers)
For students currently in a physical education major program, the DAPE minor offers physical education teacher license majors a certification many school districts currently require or highly recommend for employment. Designed for current Minnesota licensed physical education teachers, this program leads to certification to instruct students with special needs in ways that meet their individual educational program goals in the physical education/movement setting. See below for more information


This cohort model program brings you together with other DAPE learners, creating PE-focused discussions that are directly relevant to your training or your advancing career. Students will work directly with highly experienced BSU faculty to ensure program readiness and completion. Students are required to participate in infrequent face-to-face meetings:

2019 Cohort #3 kick-off meeting (MANDATORY): Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 1pm, PE building room 240 on the Bemidji State University campus.

2019 Cohort #3 second meeting (MANDATORY): August 22, 2019 (tentatively) at ARCC in Coon Rapids -or- August 25, 2019 (tentatively) on the Bemidji State University campus.

The DAPE content standards are met through successful completion of six courses (18 credits). In addition to these courses, candidates must meet content area reading standards, and pass the MTLE Special Education Core Skills test for a full five-year DAPE license. DAPE content standards are completed through the following course sequence, and a new cohort will be started in the spring term of each year:

Term Course
(undergrad or graduate)
Credits Other
Spring SPED 3600 or 5600 3 If you earned your PE license prior to 2013, MnBOT requires content area reading: ED 4737 or 5737 (3 credits). This course is offered in the Fall or Spring only.
Summer SPED 3650 or 5650
SPED 3655 or 5655
Fall PHED 4514 or 5514 3
Spring (2) PHED 4515 or 5515 3
Summer (2) PHED 4516 or 5516 3

Note: Students in the cohort follow a specific schedule. Failure to complete any course in any given semester means waiting a year to realign with a future cohort.  PE teachers licensed prior to 2013 who have not met the content reading standard, must complete ED 4737/5737 Content Area Reading in Spring, Fall, or Spring (2).

Consult the Course Rotation Guide for scheduling of specific SPED and PHED courses.


Consult with your PE major advisor, then add the minor using the Student Personal Data form, and submit to the BSU Records office.

TO APPLY FOR THE Licensure add-on only:

Apply before November 1, 2019 to ensure your readiness for the next cohort, which will begin January 2020 (mandatory meeting in December, 2019).

To add this endorsement onto your existing PE license, you need to apply to BSU as a graduate student. Follow this link to the BSU Graduate Application. In the application, choose the following options:

  • Select the Spring 2020 term (this program starts only in the spring term)
  • Select “Graduate Certificate Student” for your educational intent, and the “part time” option
  • Click the Add Program button, and choose “Graduate Licensure Special Education, GC”
  • In the Concentration menu, choose “Developmental Adapted Physical Education”
  • Submit official transcripts from external school(s) to the School of Graduate Studies
  • Submit a letter of intent to the School of Graduate Studies, as part of your application.

After successfully applying, BSU Graduate Studies staff will make contact with you about your next steps.


Program advising and information for graduate students: Ms. Sherry Holloway

Program advising and information for undergraduate students: Dr. Shannon Norman

Chairperson: Dr. James White, Department of Human Performance, Sport & Health


*Note that courses taken at the undergraduate level are not eligible for use in future graduate programs. Also, if you anticipate needing financial aid, your situation may prevent coverage for undergraduate courses. For most students, federal financial aid is not available for this part-time graduate program.