Bemidji State University was founded as a school for teacher preparation. A century later, the Department of Professional Education is as committed as ever to developing outstanding teachers.

Throughout our history, we have been uniquely dedicated to providing a high-quality, principled education to our region’s economically and culturally diverse population.

Through meaningful training and assessment measures, we ensure that all of our teacher candidates are fully prepared for and attuned to the needs of all student populations.

Our Mission

BSU prepares teachers through inquisitive, involved and reflective practice. The framework outlining our program sets a standard that is rigorous, exemplary and innovative. The curricular structure is research-based and organized around the Standards of Effective Practice. Graduates are proficient, collaborative, technologically literate and environmentally aware teachers who work effectively in various settings with diverse learners.

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Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation

National accreditation assures the quality of professional preparation programs through a nongovernmental, nonregulatory process of self-study and peer review. This standards- and evidence-based process serves two broad aims: accountability and continuous improvement. In AAQEP’s system, the process is also designed to honor local context and foster innovation and collaboration among institutions.

Founded in 2017, AAQEP is a quality assurance agency that provides accreditation services to all types of educator preparation providers. The association promotes excellent, effective and innovative educator preparation that is committed to evidence-based improvement and that enjoys a high degree of community engagement and public confidence. Visit aaqep.org for more information.

Higher Learning Commission

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.

The HLC mission statement is “Serving the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning.”

Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board

The Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) has approved programs at Bemidji State University leading to teacher licensure in a variety of areas. PELSB, formerly the Minnesota Board of Teaching, provides leadership for improvements in teacher education programs in order to assure that the state has well-qualified, professional teachers. More information is available on the Minnesota PELSB website.