Students applying to on-campus Professional Education programs must meet the following admission criteria:

Applications will be reviewed and evaluated using the
Professional Education On Campus Admission Rubric

Students must be accepted to BSU prior to applying for a Professional Education program: Apply to BSU here

  1. Cumulative GPA 2.50
    Students must earn a C- or above in all major coursework. Additionally, students must maintain a 2.50 Cumulative GPA to remain in the program.
  2. Complete 30 Semester Credits (AA degree for DLiTE students)
    The Department of Professional Education recommends completion of all/most Liberal Education courses prior to starting Professional Education coursework.
    Upload a copy of your BSU Transcript. If you are a transfer student, upload a copy of your most recent external transcript.
  3. One (1) Letter of Recommendation
    Recommendation Letter should include strong support in the areas of teamwork and leadership. It should also address 3 or more effective teacher strategies such as time management, responsibility, reliability, and conflict resolution.
    Letters will be reviewed and evaluated using the
    Professional Education On Campus Admission Rubric
  4. Address Four (4) Writing Prompts
    • All responses should: be organized, clearly respond to the provided prompt, and demonstrate a strong desire to be an effective teacher.
      Responses will be reviewed and evaluated using the
      Professional Education On Campus Admission Rubric
    • Writing Prompts:
      • Communication (Teamwork) – Describe a time when you needed to work as part of a team. What was your role on the team and what actions did you take to contribute to the team’s goals?
      • Critical Thinking (Time Management) – Think of a time when you had to work on multiple projects at once. How did you manage your time?
      • Leadership – Describe a leadership opportunity you had. What did you learn about yourself from that experience?
      • Human Interaction (Conflict Resolution) – Describe a time when you were faced with a difficult interpersonal situation. How did you resolve the conflict?
  5. Complete the ONLINE Application for Admission to Professional Education with all required attachments.
    Do not submit a partial application. Applications are reviewed after the “Priority Deadlines” listed below and then approximately every 2 weeks after. Students will be notified by email of their acceptance status.
Applications may be submitted at any time. However, priority will be given to students who submit applications by the following dates:
  • Fall Admission – February 15th
  • Spring Admission – October 1st
    However, applications may be submitted at any time.

Important Program Notes:

  1. Students will not be allowed to register for Education (ED) or Special Education (SPED) courses until they have been formally admitted to the Professional Education program.
  2. Field experiences and student teaching require school district criminal background checks. If you think you may have an issue, you may want to initiate a background check yourself before you seek admission. Applicants with any prior conviction(s) may be unable to complete a program of study in Education.
  3. Your disposition for the role of professional educator will be assessed throughout the program. This includes things such as attendance, reliability, and communication skills.
  4. BSU may consider a transfer of courses from other institutions if a syllabus is provided and the course is found to meet 100% of the required state standards assigned to the BSU course being substituted. If field experience is a requirement of the BSU course, the external course must contain an equivalent field experience and documentation must be provided for the review.
  5. Please Note: All coursework required for licensure must be completed with a letter grade (not Pass/NC). This includes ED and major/content coursework.

Each term the Professional Education Department will admit the top 64 students into the campus-based program based on the above criteria.

Contact Undergraduate Admissions to apply to Bemidji State University or to arrange a visit to campus.

Updated 10/19/2021

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