DLiTE is a comprehensive elementary education licensure program for both rural and urban students who cannot attend a full-time, campus-based teacher education program. It is a six semester course of study that culminates in a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and teacher license eligibility. New cohorts start each Spring (January) and Fall (August) semester.

This is a three year program, regardless of the degree an applicant may already hold. Online learning in the program involves using the web-based instructional management system‚ D2L Brightspace. Because DLiTE is a degree program, most students are eligible for financial aid.

The DLiTE program meets all requirements of the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) for teacher licensure in the state of Minnesota. If you are living in another state and interested in seeking licensure in a state other than Minnesota, you will need to follow that state’s requirements for teacher licensure candidacy. Please contact the Department of Education in your state to learn about the requirements for licensure in your state.

In-Person Meetings Three Times per Year

Attendance at in-person meetings is mandatory, and take place at North Hennepin Community College — Brooklyn Park, MN. We meet each August, December and May to start the courses and take each semester’s finals. The meetings typically run Friday-Sunday.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is completed in the last semester of the program and is done in-person in a K-6 public elementary school. Teaching assignments are given to students in areas near where they live.


Interested in DLiTE? Please reach out to Mary Jo Chirpich with questions related to DLiTE admission and getting started in the program. Call (612) 368-2120, or email dlite@bemidjistate.edu.

If you have questions regarding education transfer credits or need advising, please contact our DLiTE Advisor, Lisa Krall. Please be sure to view the program structure which lists the specific courses and credits, and check your transfer courses for equivalencies prior to making the call. Given the nature of this Minnesota licensure program, it is rare for education courses to be transferred into the major without significant alignment in teaching standards.

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