Admissions Requirements

The process of joining DLiTE at Bemidji State is simple, yet thorough. All students must select a current licensed teacher to mentor them through the program.

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

Admissions Requirements for the DLiTE Program

  • Preferred Cumulative 3.00 GPA*
  • Completed AA degree, MnTC, BS or BA from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Evidence of meeting the Basic Skills Testing Requirement (select this link for requirement options): http://www.bemidjistate.edu/academics/departments/professional-education/admission_requirements/testing-requirements/
  • 500 word essay titled “Why Teach?” in APA format with the proper citation of at least 1 source
  • Professional Recommendation:
    • This can be fulfilled with a professional recommendation from an individual who can speak to the applicant’s interaction with children OR who can speak to their experience in education, training, mentoring, etc       OR
    • Documentation of completion of a course that introduces the applicant to the teaching profession
  • Signed DLiTE Mentor Application

The application steps are outlined in the APPLICATION PROCESS.

*Applicants with a GPA of 2.5 or higher will be considered.  Please submit your essay and professional recommendation (see #4 and #5 above) for full consideration to the program.

If English is not your native language, you must submit an official copy of your TOEFL scores directly to Bemidji State 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

The Minnesota Board of Teaching has passed state licensure changes for students who began their programs after August 2010. The new license option in DLITE will be a K-6 license. There is also an option for an endorsement in middle level (5-8) math, communication arts or social studies. The middle-level endorsement will require more courses in literacy and technology than were required by the previous specialty areas.

Most of these classes can be taken either before or during the program, and many are available during the summer. These courses are offered in a variety of formats, including online, hybrid-online, face to face and self-directed. Endorsement courses may be taken through BSU, or approved courses can be completed at one of our community college partners.

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)