Admission Requirements

  • Transfer a completed MnTC, AA Liberal Arts, BS, or BA degree from a regionally-accredited institution, OR complete the BSU liberal education requirements prior to DLiTE acceptance.
  • Preferred cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher*
  • Submit a 500-word essay titled “Why Teach?” in APA format with the proper citation of at least one source.
  • Submit a professional recommendation from an individual who can speak to your interaction with children, or who can speak to your experience in education, training, or mentoring.
  • Submit your signed/completed DLiTE-Mentor-Application.

The application steps are outlined in more detail in the APPLICATION PROCESS.

*Applicants with a GPA lower than 2.5 will be considered.  Please submit your essay and professional recommendation for full consideration to the program.

** To comply with Minnesota teacher licensure requirements, all ED courses must be taken through Bemidji State University.**

If English is not your native language, you must submit an official copy of your TOEFL scores directly to Bemidji State Admissions from ETS. Minimum score of 500 (173 on Computer-Based Test, 61 on the Internet-Based Test) is required for undergraduates and 550 (213 on Computer Based Test, 80 on the Internet-Based Test) for graduate students. TOEFL has updated information on worldwide test availability list that indicates, by city, dates when seats are available for both the TOEFL iBT and paper-based test. TOEFL test code for Bemidji State University: 6676.

Endorsement Areas

This program offers an elective option for an endorsement in middle level (5-8) math, communication arts, or social studies. Most of these classes can be taken either before or during the program, and many are available during the summer. Some of these courses are offered online, but some are only offered in-person in Bemidji. Endorsement courses may be taken through BSU, or pre-approved courses can be completed at one of our partner schools and transferred.

Endorsement Options
  • Communication Arts and Literature
  • Social Studies
  • Math (face-to-face format only)
  • Science
ALL 5-8 ENDORSEMENTS REQUIRE
  • ED 4737 Content-Area Reading (3 credits)
  • ED 3417/5417 Teaching and Learning in the Middle School (3 credits)
  • ED 4830 Student Teaching‚ five weeks of student teaching in grades 5-8 (1-5 credits depending on prior experiences)
Communication Arts and Literature Requirements
  • ED 3208 Developmental Reading in the Middle School (3 semester credits)
  • ENGL 3540 Literature for Young Adults (3 semester credits)
  • ED 4737 Content Area Reading (3 semester credits)
One of the Following (or a transfer equivalent)
  • ENGL 2410 Mythology, Legends, and Folktales (3 semester credits)
  • ENGL 3580 The English Language (3 semester credits)
Social Studies Requirements
  • ECON 2000 Markets and Resource Allocation (3 credits)
  • GEOG 2100 Introduction to Physical Geography (3 credits)
  • GEOG 2200 Introduction to Human Geography (3 credits)
  • HST 1115 United States History II, since 1877(3 credits)
  • HST 2610 Minnesota History (3 credits)
  • POL 1200 Introduction to American Politics (3 credits)
Math Requirements
  • MATH 3064 Number Concepts for Middle School Teachers (4 credits)
  • MATH 3065 Mathematical Foundations for Middle School Teachers (4 credits)
  • MATH 3066 Geometry and Technology in the Middle School Mathematics Classroom(4 credits) (has prerequisites)
  • MATH 3067 Data Investigations, Probability, and Statistics for Teachers; description and prereq. changes (4 credits)
  • For more information, contact Glen Richgels.
Science Requirements
  • BIOL 1211 Introductory Biology I (4 credits) – OR – BIOL 1110 Human Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 1212 Introductory Biology II (4 credits)- OR – BIOL 1120 Gen Biol/Evol & Ecology (3 credits)
  • CHEM 2211 Principles of Chemistry I (4 credits)- OR – CHEM 1111 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 2212 Principles of Chemistry II (4 credits)- OR -CHEM 1112 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • SCI 3450 Science Methods For Grades 5-8 (4 credits)- OR -ED 3410 Middle Schl Science Methods (4 credits)
  • SCI 3100 Integrative Science For Teachers (4 credits)
  • GEOL 1110 Physical Geology (4 credits)

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