The Elementary Education major at Bemidji State University leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree and Elementary Teacher Licensure. Graduates are qualified to teach grades K-6.
Students are advised to complete all Liberal Education courses during their freshman and sophomore years. Graduation within four years will require close adherence to a specific program of study.
Students should consult their Education advisor for assistance in creating a plan of study. Please note that some courses have prerequisites. For more information, see the On Campus – Elementary (K-6) Program of Study.
Optional Teaching Endorsements
Students may elect to pursue a PrePrimary or Middle Level teaching endorsement to deepen their knowledge in a specific subject area and teach a broader range of ages. Endorsements typically require an additional 20-30 credits. Endorsements may result in additional licenses, if all requirements are met.
Available teaching endorsements include:
- PrePrimary (Age 3-PreK)
- Middle School Math (Grades 5-8)
- Middle School Social Studies (Grades 5-8)
- Middle School Science (Grades 5-8)
- Middle School Communication Arts & Literature/English (Grades 5-8)
For more information, consult the Bemidji State University Undergraduate Catalog or contact the Professional Education Department.
Teacher Licensure Exams
All applicants for Licensure in the state of Minnesota must pass Basic Skills, Pedagogy and Content exams. For information on which tests you should take please view the BSU Teacher Licensure Testing Guide.
Distributed Learning in Teacher Education (DLiTE)
DLiTE is an online/hybrid, cohort-based, six-semester program that culminates in a Bachelor of Science degree and licensure in Elementary Education. It was developed for rural and urban students who for various reasons cannot attend a campus-based teacher education program. You must have an Associates of Arts (AA) degree to enroll in this program. This program meets all the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing & Standards Board requirements.
For more information concerning the DLiTE program, visit the DLiTE website or call (800) 723-3567.